Impeach Obama, Palin advises conservatives

Not defending borders is dereliction of duty, former Alaska governor says
The Colorado Statesman

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin rallied the faithful on July 19 at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver with a call for Republicans to find the courage to impeach President Barack Obama, termed a “lawless, imperial president” by the one-time GOP vice presidential candidate.

Introduced by radio host Dan Caplis as “the most influential woman in the history of the Republican Party,” Palin took the stage in front of a packed ballroom at the Hyatt Regency to kick off an afternoon full of speakers and panel discussions at the gathering, which is sponsored by Lakewood-based Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute think tank.

“The Left could not attack her record, so they tried to personally destroy the governor and her family,” Caplis proclaimed. “But she stands before you today undeterred and undefeated.”

“There’s only one remedy for a president who commits high crimes and misdemeanors. It’s impeachment,” says former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at the Western Conservative Summit on July 19 in Denver.

Obama was “spinning from one scandal to another scandal,” Palin told the roughly 2,000 avid conservatives present for her roughly 30-minute speech, during which she got in a dig at the president for his visit to Denver earlier this month, when he drank a beer and played a game of pool with Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“No time to visit the border, but time to shoot some pool, wet his whistle and grin real big for those icky, icky photo ops he hates,” she said with a grin.

Then she invoked President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Forgotten Man,” though with a twist, contending that FDR’s New Deal betrayed the iconic middle American by making joblessness worse and causing the country to take longer to recover from the Great Depression.

“When the crony capitalists gather, wining and dining with their pal, the president, the rest of us are on the menu. We’re not invited to the party. We’re the Forgotten Man,” Palin said.

She added that, “The Forgotten Man is used to Obama’s lawlessness,” and then ticked off a list of what she called impeachable offenses committed by the Democrat occupying the White House.

The offenses she cited included the Benghazi attack on American diplomats in Libya and Obama’s decision to “unilaterally enact” an administrative version of the DREAM Act, halting the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as minors. That action, she said, “created this current crisis as illegals pour in to collect what he illegally promised them.”

Radio personality Dan Caplis introduces former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, calling the one-time GOP vice presidential nominee “the most influential woman in the history of the Republican Party,” at the Western Conservative Summit on July 19.
Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman

She termed it “insane” that America is “offering to take care of” the children massed at the border and blamed the influx of unaccompanied minors on the administration.
“It’s not immigration, it’s invasion,” she said.

“Let’s call their bluff,” Palin said. “I’m calling their bluff. We need a little less talk and a little more action. There’s only one remedy for a president who commits high crimes and misdemeanors, and it’s impeachment. It’s the ‘I’ word.”

After the cheering and laughter died down a bit, she continued, “You don’t need some fancy law degree hanging on your wall to know that laws are not being enforced today. Illegal immigrants all over the world also know that.”

Palin drew attention and some dismissal earlier this month when she called for Obama’s impeachment in a column published on the conservative Breitbart.com website. The recent swell of young illegal immigrants amassed at the country’s southern border, she wrote, was “the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas.’”

“I disagree,” House Speaker John Boehner responded simply, when asked by reporters about the call by Palin and some House Republicans.

Attorney General Eric Holder — a favorite target of Obama administration foes — said in the wake of Palin’s column that she wasn’t “a particularly good vice presidential candidate” and called her an “even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why” in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I don’t need lectures from Eric Holder, a guy — get this — a guy so incompetent that he denied voter fraud existed even after someone claimed that they were Eric Holder and they got his ballot and they voted in D.C.,” Palin told the crowd in Denver. (She was referring to a 2012 video that showed a man requesting Holder’s ballot at a Washington polling place by providing his address, although the video didn’t show the prankster casting a ballot.)

“Look, alone, not defending borders is dereliction of duty, violating the oath of office,” Palin said. “If that’s not impeachable, nothing is. If he is not impeachable then no one is.”

Current and potential Republican House members from Colorado were cool to Palin’s suggestion that impeachment is the remedy for what ails the Republic.

U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman of Aurora and Cory Gardner of Yuma — he’s giving up his seat to challenge Democrat Mark Udall for his Senate seat — are both opposed to impeaching Obama, their campaign spokesmen said.

Congressional candidate Don Ytterberg, who is running against U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, said that he doesn’t favor impeachment “right now.”

“The president has done egregious things and the potential to impeach him exists, because he has committed some acts against the Constitution for which he could be held liable,” Ytterberg told The Colorado Statesman. “But I think, politically, the Republican Party and the conservative movement would be ill-served if that were to happen today. It’s not something I’d be eager to do right now.” After the election, he added, “If leadership is still eager to push that through, I would like to see the article of impeachment, because it would certainly be worth a read.”

George Leing, who is running against U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, said that impeachment could be a distraction.

“Right now it doesn’t seem like it makes sense to be talking about that,” Leing told The Statesman. “We have a lot of issues that we can be dealing with, and I’d rather focus our energies on improving the economy and other things at this point.”

“I’m a prosecutor. Before I make a decision whether to charge somebody, I review the evidence, review the law, and I very carefully make a decision like that,” said Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, a candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat left open by Gardner. “Until I see the documents, until I talk to the witnesses,” he added, “I don’t make a decision, so it’s premature for me to comment on that.”

Ernest@coloradostatesman.com

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