Not only would trying to impeach President Barack Obama fail miserably, says this commentator, but it would destroy what’s left of the GOP.
And former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is just being a pain in the ass, essentially. Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, describes Palin to a T.
On the other hand, Ms. Palin does seem to represent a certain mind-set. What matters to her is not mastering issues or even being conversant on them; it’s politics as theatrics, as a show, as a way to prove one’s purity. The conservatism of prudence and of realism, of moderate temperament and judicious judgments, seems alien to her. She wants to fight, even (and maybe especially) if it means losing. And notice the threat, too. She’s calling for Americans to “vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.” So voting for President Obama’s impeachment isn’t enough; those who even hesitate to do so deserve scorn. Impeachment of the president has now risen to a self-evident truth. For Ms. Palin, advocating a suicide run isn’t enough; she wants to punish those who don’t join her in self-immolation.
Wehner had better brace himself for the cries of outrage from Palin’s fanbase.