Unelected matron saint of the Tea Party compares America to “a battered wife” that can no longer her husband’s abuse
Sarah Palin has taken her vitriolic criticism of President Barack Obama to a new level, calling for him to be impeached and removed from office.
The former governor of Alaska compared America to “a battered wife” that could no longer take any more of her husband’s abuse.
Mrs Palin said “the last straw” was Mr Obama’s decision to take executive action to change America’s immigration system after reforms stalled in the face of opposition from Republicans in Congress.
“It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment,” she wrote.
Soon after she and John McCain lost the 2008 election, Mrs Palin resigned as governor and embarked on a new career as a paid television personality and political commentator.
Although she holds no elected office, she remains deeply influential with the conservative grassroots and her calls for slash-and-burn rightwing politics are a perpetual headache for Republican party leaders.
Her demand for the president’s impeachment is likely to be a new frustration for Republicans who will find themselves in the awkward position of being asked if they agree with her.
By saying no, they risk enraging Tea Party activists. By saying yes, they may alienate more moderate voters who might disapprove of Mr Obama but have no interest in seeing him dragged from office.
Republican leaders are wary of any impeachment talk after their 1998 effort to dislodge Bill Clinton from the White House over the Lewinsky scandal turned into a political disaster.
While Republicans were able to gather the votes in the House of Representatives to bring charges against Mr Clinton, they fell far short of the votes in the Senate to actually convict him.
Voters punished the Republicans in the November 1998 elections and Democrats gained seats in Congress despite the scandal surrounding Mr Clinton.
Democrats immediately began using Mrs Palin’s demand for impeachment as a spur for fundraising ahead of November’s elections.