Sarah Palin, Impeachment and Shifting the Overton Window


One of the things I like about Sarah Palin is that she is not afraid to stir shit. This time she’s using a BIG spoon:

Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.”

Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America. It’s the only promise he has kept. Discrediting the price paid for America’s exceptionalism over our history, he’s given false hope and taxpayer’s change to millions of foreign nationals who want to sneak into our country illegally. Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans for our jobs and limited public services. There is no end in sight as our president prioritizes parties over doing the job he was hired by voters to do. Securing our borders is obviously fundamental here; it goes without saying that it is his job.

The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt; many cities are on the verge of insolvency; our overrun healthcare system, police forces, social services, schools, and our unsustainably generous welfare-state programs are stretched to the max. We average Americans know that. So why has this issue been allowed to be turned upside down with our “leader” creating such unsafe conditions while at the same time obstructing any economic recovery by creating more dependents than he allows producers? His friendly wealthy bipartisan elite, who want cheap foreign labor and can afford for themselves the best “border security” money can buy in their own exclusive communities, do not care that Obama tapped us out.


President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It’s not going to get better, and in fact irreparable harm can be done in this lame-duck term as he continues to make up his own laws as he goes along, and, mark my words, will next meddle in the U.S. Court System with appointments that will forever change the basic interpretation of our Constitution’s role in protecting our rights.

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.
The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.

As usual, the Palinhaters on both sides were quick to dismiss her words in sneering contempt. I’ve learned to not be so hasty. I thought her death panels statement was incredibly stupid and yet it turned out to be true.

I seriously doubt that Obama will be impeached, and if he is it is all but certain that he will be acquitted by the Democrats in the Senate. After the Clinton impeachment debacle the idea of impeaching any president is unthinkable.

Or is it? In 1972 Richard Nixon was reelected by a landslide and the thought of impeaching him was unthinkable. Less than two years later he resigned rather than face certain impeachment. Somewhere in between his reelection and his resignation, impeachment became thinkable. So when does the unthinkable become “thinkable”?

The Overton window is a political theory that describes as a narrow “window” the range of ideas the public will accept. On this theory, an idea’s political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within that window rather than on politicians’ individual preferences.[1] It is named for its originator, Joseph P. Overton (1960-2003),[2] a former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.[3] At any given moment, the “window” includes a range of policies considered politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being considered too extreme to gain or keep public office.

I don’t know who first publicly uttered the word “impeachment” in reference to Richard Nixon, but I’m pretty sure there were people uttering it in private long before it went public. Even when it went public it was considered a radical idea at first. Than, as Watergate unfolded, more and more people were talking about impeachment. Eventually even Nixon’s defenders were talking about it.

I once read somewhere that when a married couple first starts talking about divorce the odds of it happening increase dramatically. But there is a big difference between talking about it and doing it.

Unless things change dramatically I don’t think the GOP should try to impeach Obama. By dramatically I mean a solid majority of voters supporting it and enough Senate Democrats willing to go along to convict him. I don’t see either of those things happening.

But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be talking about it.

I don’t necessarily mean on the floor of Congress. Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz are both outliers in the GOP. That means they can say things that others can’t. The goal should not be to whip up an impeachment mob but rather to shift the Overton window to the right, which is where the center is located.

But they need to do so carefully. As with the immigration crisis and the numerous Obama scandals that dot the landscape, the GOP needs to worry about overreaching like they did with Bill Clinton.

They also need to keep their crazies in check. Sarah and Ted aren’t crazy, but there are some loons out on the far right fringe. (There are some loons out on the far left fringe too.) Give the loons a chance and they will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

What the GOP needs is the repeat of what happened in 2008 – an unpopular incumbent and a bunch of weary voters looking for a change. Only this time the parties will be reversed and hopefully the GOP won’t be nominating an empty suit.

(Or Jeb Bush.)

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112 Responses to Sarah Palin, Impeachment and Shifting the Overton Window

  1. The Klown says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      Don’t you just love it when the media falls for the political theater. Not a chance in hell a President happens to walk down the street and goes into a bar ….

      • Lulu says:

        It is all about the cool. Shootin’ a little pool with his buds. I bet he thought that one up all by his narcissistic self. How else can he waste his time? Next he will be seen leaning on a wall with a toothpick pickin’ his teeth. This is to insult us. Prezzy Bum.

    • leslie says:

      Oh, please stop posting photos of him. Every time I see him, I think I’m going to hurl. Thank you.

      • The Klown says:

        Blame Twitter for that.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Let’s torture leslie (wink, wink)… about a video ! That grating voice ! At least the photos don’t talk…..LOL.

        Actually a border moat with alligators isn’t a bad idea, though Obama was picking on the GOP to his faithful Obot audience.

        • leslie says:

          LOL! I left to see the Dinesh movie “America” while I’m on vacay. So I missed this until just a minute ago. Nope. Not. Watching. 😉
          Besides, I saw it yesterday. This was what triggered my comment yesterday about divisiveness and obama being “a piece of crap”. Of course, I say that a lot around here. it doesn’t really take much for me to think it.

          • votermom says:

            How was the movie?

          • leslie says:

            It was very effective and very different from his first film. Arguments and accusations against the USA were presented and then opposing arguments and supporting material were offered. It was a debate on film. I liked it and the more I have thought about it, the more I appreciated it. He uses interviews and dramatizations of historical events, personalities and situations to present his point of view and to defend the US. I had to search out where it was playing. (My biggest problem is that I have to simply accept there will inevitably be videos of obama.) He does not blame Obama. I love that he doesn’t simply point fingers. And it was current. I don’t know when he finished filming but he included information that I just assumed would have been too recent. If you get a chance to see it, do it. (BTW: there were only 3 people in the entire theater. of course it is mid-Wednesday and it was a beautiful day here. People are most likely out of town and on vacation.)

      • foxyladi14 says:


      • Constance says:

        I agree but I have to say the pictures of Obama seem to be a pretty good weight management tool. After seeing them I lose my appetite and I usually have a more than healthy interest in anything edible.

      • swanspirit says:

        ^This^ seeing him makes perusing difficult

  2. 1539days says:

    Anyone who thinks Obama is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors is on pretty solid ground. He has willfully abused the powers of his office, allowed his supporters to prosper and his opponents to suffer. Impeachment, however, is effectively off the table.

    A president has never been removed from office after an impeachment vote. Johnson was impeached, but was sufficiently cowed so that he could serve out his term. Nixon left before the vote could occur. Clinton was only “impeached” by the House, not getting enough votes in a Republican Senate.

    The other day, I blogged about how “the power of the purse” is available to Congressional Republicans, but it would be messy. The White House is the kid who will refuse to eat without his toy. The House passed 12 out of 13 spending bills and the Democrats would not pass one of them unless Obamacare was funded, even if the rest of the government was put out of business. Just like the debt ceiling, Obama (or Jarrett) knows that the media will pound the GOP with negative, biased stories until the leadership gets scared and they cave. So Boehner is running to SCOTUS. The Court can make specific rulings of Obama’s overreach, but probably won’t be heard until Obama is out of office anyway.

    The only way right now to stem the tide is to turn the Senate Republican, which is why I can’t vote for Democrats this year in retaliation for Tea Party slights.

  3. Lulu says:

    This is excellent as usual and very timely. Yesterday the National Journal put out a “inside story” of Bronco getting tough with the immigration loons he likes to plot with where he supposedly got tough with them and lectured them about our “sovereignty”. He also expressed his disdain for red state Democrats who are facing loss in November. Then on the same day Steny “The Fink” Hoyer comes out and says essentially the same thing about sovereignty. Is a lawsuit about to be filed by a state claiming this as a foundational cause of action?

    I was saying the same thing a few days ago here. Not because I am particularly visionary but because I talk to someone who is. This elderly, incredibly wise, person put his finger on Obama’s border crisis immediately. It was about a nation’s sovereignty, giving it away, endangering a country, violating every standard of leadership and REMOVAL from office. He did not say impeachment. He said he can be declared a lunatic. He can be forced to resign as an incompetent. As a traitor. As a violator of oaths. Richard Nixon resigned because his party finally turned against him and they didn’t want to go down with him.

    Sister Sarah is saying what many are thinking. Impeachment is the legal, constitutional means. She has been talking to wise old men too. Dems like Hoyer know they have gone too far and have to talk it back. The rational ones in the White House have to plant stories that Obama has changed his mind even if the same meeting has already been reported completely differently. We are one illegal alien plague away from a constitutional crisis in an election year. The Dems are being very quiet. Hoyer’s statement while I think is disingenuous to some extent is a ominous shift away from Obama. Expect a huge PR campaign of “what Obama really means” with priests and preachers and religious social workers as props. But no one believes him anymore. Or trusts him.

    • leslie says:

      Yesterday’s post of Obama’s Potemkin village and last night’s report on the restrictions facing reporters (as well as congress critters) were troubling. I was just looking at Twitchy and was reading that the Society of Professional Journalists submitted a letter to the WH requesting a stop to the censor of information. . .

      “The stifling of free expression is happening despite your pledge on your first day in office to bring “a new era of openness” to federal government – and the subsequent executive orders and directives which were supposed to bring such openness about.

      Recent research has indicated the problem is getting worse throughout the nation, particularly at the federal level. Journalists are reporting that most federal agencies prohibit their employees from communicating with the press unless the bosses have public relations staffers sitting in on the conversations. Contact is often blocked completely. When public affairs officers speak, even about routine public matters, they often do so confidentially in spite of having the title “spokesperson.” Reporters seeking interviews are expected to seek permission, often providing questions in advance. Delays can stretch for days, longer than most deadlines allow. Public affairs officers might send their own written responses of slick non-answers. Agencies hold on-background press conferences with unnamed officials, on a not-for-attribution basis.

      In many cases, this is clearly being done to control what information journalists – and the audience they serve – have access to. A survey found 40 percent of public affairs officers admitted they blocked certain reporters because they did not like what they wrote.

      The SPJ links to a list of examples of government officials interfering with reporting including instances of:

      •Officials blocking reporters’ requests to talk to specific staff people;
      •Excessive delays in answering interview requests that stretch past reporters’ deadlines;
      •Officials conveying information “on background,” refusing to give reporters what should be public information unless they agree not to say who is speaking.
      •Federal agencies blackballing reporters who write critically of them.”

      • Lulu says:

        Like the WH gives a fig about them. They aren’t afraid of the press so it is “up yours” to any requests. They are facing a complete meltdown of their business model because no one is watching or paying for their drivel. Too late. Toothless wussies in the media can go broke by their own idiocy. They keep firing them because of revenue “shortfalls” and replacing them with dinks who don’t know anything that happened before 2007 when they were in ninth grade. It is race to oblivion that they charted themselves.

        • lyn says:


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        • Constance says:

          I agree. The Obama apologist TV channels have few viewers and people aren’t buying many newspapers or “news” magazines because people aren’t stupid enough to pay for propaganda. In fact I refuse to listen to it if you give it to me for free. These media outlets are putting themselves out of business.

        • 1539days says:

          If the media actually wanted to confront Obama, they would start with “since we don’t have even the slightest access to any real information in the DHS camps…” and then do story after story about Eric Holder hiding information, mysterious drives that wipe themselves and the cost overruns of Obamacare. But they won’t.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    John Edwards, some people say, saved Clinton’s butt in the impeachment proceedings. This is the closed door statement he gave ….

    I wonder what kind of President he would have made? Smart guy. Too bad he ran as a white, rich male in 2008 🙂 Reading through his statement made me realize how dumb it was to impeach Clinton, who was a pretty good President despite his horndoggy-ness. Compared to Obama, Clinton was a saint.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Wow, Harry Reid’s Senate can move fast ? Looks like it won’t survive the House, Reid wants to give D’s a chance to go on record supporting to override the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision though. ;facepalm:

    • Lulu says:

      That is all they got this time. Free birth control for women so they can be fucked with impunity. Now if they could only convince them to use the free stuff as their patriotic duty to men and the nation! Bite me Harry.

    • leslie says:

      We in IL are in drastic economic straits. We have a governor, Pat Quinn, who, though likeable, is completely inept and at this time is in deep trouble in the polls. He is grasping for a lifeline and has placed an issue on the November ballot identifying the SCOTUS/ Hobby Lobby decision asking whether we approve taking away a “woman’s right” to have access to contraceptives. If this guy gets elected (he was originally the Lt Gov when Blago was jailed) it will be time to leave IL.

      • cynic says:

        And Rahm conveniently changes the subject of the 82 people shot over the weekend, to raising the minimum wage!

        • leslie says:

          I know, right!

        • leslie says:

          Did you hear about the 25y/o woman who was shot/killed on the Dan Ryan this morning ?!?!?!? She had 4 kids (or 5 depending on what time I was listening to the news) and was to start a new job today. I also heard her sibling had been killed in the same place a year ago. WTH is with this city.. . I know someone whose family has been torn apart in the last 6 months because a teenager who thought he was defending a friend, ended up killing him. Now the friend’s family is out to destroy the teen’s family while he sits in jail for 1st degree murder. They are kids – 14, 15, years old.

        • 49erDweet says:

          How soon will Chicago be turned into Detroit.2?

        • elliesmom says:

          When my husband was transferred to Chicago, the company flew us out so we could find somewhere to live. They put us up in a nice hotel and gave us the keys to a rental car. On the seat of the car was a map of the city and surrounding suburbs. Parts of the map had been colored over with black marker. No one said anything to us.

  6. Kathy says:

    Impeachment won’t happen because they screwed up so bad with Clinton. Trouble is–I think Obama knows it

    • cynic says:

      Could you imagine the rioting if the GOP attempted to Impeach the first, black, president? Or the headlines? That’s why I think it would be bad for our country if the next President is Hillary. She could do anything she wanted, and the men would be afraid to discuss impeachment (you know, the whole war on women).

    • DeniseVB says:

      Local talk radio this morning asked the impeachment question and both sides called in with support of Palin’s view (it was read on the air, also Buchanan’s view to not impeach). Seems the Dems are aware of the overreach Obama abuses and fear if he’s not reeled in now or stopped, the next President (horrors, it could be a Republican they fear!!!), will abuse power even more.

      All seemed to agree that Boehner lawsuit is not enough (dumb!) since the lawyers trying that case aren’t even in law school yet. 😉

    • The Klown says:

      They ignored public opinion when they impeached Clinton. Big mistake.

      • Lulu says:

        The Dems have to make him quit or it is all over for them too. Some of them are coming to this view. SSSSllllloooowwwly. They have to understand that he doesn’t care what he takes down with him and that includes them this November. He tells people in meetings that he doesn’t care. This is a loon and they need to understand this.

        • leslie says:

          Maybe they need to do psychological testing – even in absentia – to call an end to his madness (or is it Soros’ madness?)

          • Lulu says:

            People with the crazies are drawn together or to enablers. Eventually most of them figure out it is going to destroy them too. Or they go down in a blaze of glorious destructiveness. The first clue is they don’t seem concerned with really bad stuff.

          • cynic says:

            Oh wow, in one of my posts, I mention Soros, but deleted it! Seems brilliant, get your agenda through any way you can, daring the people to impeach. I really think that they want the people protesting in the streets, but American’s today are not the 60’s Americans. We get angry and write on blogs. We’re too lazy or scared to hold signs and protest in the streets. I did that in ’09 after the financial crash, but what will it take for me to get back out there?

            I don’t even see any outrage with my facebook acquaintances. What will it take to get people fired up?, or wake them up to how the MSM is manipulating them? I guess, as a woman, my only outrage should be about Hobby Lobby and my choices of birth control.

        • leslie says:

          Next year, after I retire in June, I can protest on the streets (if I can still walk). But until then, I need my job, and since I work for youknowwho, I have to keep my butt on blogs and not in the streets. I agree that we are becoming lazy – or maybe old. We know what life used to be like and what the gov’ts place was. It isn’t the same today.
          A, BTW, what the hell is up with Soros anyway?? You’d think that once he found whatever he was looking for here, he’d be more agreeable.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    I made the mistake of clicking on the Twitter trending #PrayForGaza . It’s full of photos of bloodied and dead children. So stop lobbing rockets into Israel morons.

  8. Lulu says:

    Churches are being strong armed into storing the hordes in their buildings and facilities. People of faith, who the Democrats and Obama himself personally despise, are being asked to put themselves, their families, and their communities at risk of terrible health issues. So are school districts, cities with idiot Democratic leadership, so this horror can be politically massaged as a matter of “doing good”. This is what they always do and it is always harmful. Lice, drug resistant TB, viral mouth sores, scabies, etc. will be everywhere. They can mentally justify small children catching mouth sores and teenagers exposed with drug resistant TB so they can get a brief serotonin uptick feeling self righteous. This is the most cynical thing I have ever seen.

    • Mary says:

      HHS manager’s quote: “Jesus was a refugee.”

      Can you believe this kinda crap is coming from the very administraton/government that ridicules people of faith for thinking that faith should be involved in government decisions at all???

      • Lulu says:

        The idiot got it wrong. Mary and Joseph were refugees. Jesus being a baby didn’t have a lot to say about it. But yes the cynicism and hypocrisy is insulting.

  9. The Klown says:

    Megyn Kelly – Little Sisters Of the Poor is on NOW ‘Dirty 100’ List:

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  11. driguana says:

    Gotta say that I really like Sarah Palin…in the face of all the nasty opposition and derision from my so-called friends. Mostly, I love that she stirs it up…no one else does. One thing for sure, she is not a coward nor is she afraid of the mainstream media. Still wondering if she will venture into third party territory. If she played her cards right, there is a huge independent crowd out there ready to give up on both the Dems and Repubs…I’d be one. She has the smarts to articulate a very interesting platform. The other thing that she does that I personally like is to state her position on an issue and then to discuss how it’s perfectly ok to believe in what YOU want but to swing it back into how things work from the conservative perspective. Two things I’ve noticed in more and more photos…she frequently wears a Star of David and frequently does not wear a wedding ring….curious.

  12. mothy67 says:

    Palin is fascinating. She strikes me as having a very clear mind. It made me ill when she was mocked. She has been proven right over and over again. We never got to see obamas college records but she had every email combed through. I believe everyone is pissed about the border but think obama tanked with the missing IRS emails. No one is buying. The whole country sees him as a sneak. It has always been obvious people just chose to hear what they wanted. When I had to hire people I would take people to lunch if they ordered the most expensive things I wrote them off. The way the bumbles occupying the White House behave I think is just tacky.

  13. The Klown says:

    Believe it or not this tweet got me blocked.

  14. The Klown says:

    Sarah Palin On Why It’s Time To Impeach President Obama:

    • catarina says:

      Did she have to use the word ‘cajones,’ thought? That just ruined it for me, sorry.

      • mothy67 says:

        I liked it. She gets more grief than any male poitician. You betcha if they want to attack her based on anatomy she gets to fire back and say grow a pair. I also think she is smart. Using language to dispell the rumor she is uptight. Lady is tough. Iam 47 and I cannot recall a public figure that got bashed the way she was. She still makes the news when she chooses to. Name a vice president candidate who gets half her attention. Media went insane when obama was compared to a monkey but were defeaningly silent when Sarah was hung in effigy and labeled Caribou Barbie. .obama refused all recordd but she had to prove she gave birth to her son. Cajones neuters her foes. She has earned the right to go full tilt Lorena Bobbitt on the faux Republicans. Barry already made them eunachs.

      • swanspirit says:

        For some reason , she seems to like that word . Maybe it is an Alaskan thing .

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  19. Constance says:

    I love Palin but she is more effective being on the outside of the main party throwing firebombs at the uniparty leaders. Sure she would be the best President in a long, long time and the political news would be entertaining to watch. But The Powers That Be are never going to let an individual thinking, pro USA candidate win.

    • 1539days says:

      I always thought she should have been made chair of the RNC. Then she could be the face of the Republican brand. Since 2008, we’ve had the malapropism heavy Michael Steele and the bland big money fundraiser Rience Priebus.

  20. lildoggy4u says:

    MSNBC showed Henry Cuellar D-TX criticizing Obama’s pool playing instead of visiting border. I immediately figured he’s up for re-election in 2014. Sure enough,

    • gram cracker says:

      All House congress critters are up for election every two years – every even year.

    • Lulu says:

      Cuellar has a district with one of the longest international borders with Mexico. They have it very bad in his district and are being overrun. He HAS to speak up.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Best part is his last tweet, about the GOP needing fear. Um, GOP is winning ’14 in a landslide according to numbers so far. Mostly the GOP needs to not step in shit. It’s the DEMs that desperately need something like this and Hobby Lobby. Fear is all they know now.

      • 1539days says:

        The Republicans need to put all their energy into Senate races. The Democrats are already picking the minimum number of Senate seats they need to keep, screwing over everyone else and assigning people to abduct Democrats from their homes to vote on Election Day.

  21. mothy67 says:

    I think this is the greatest compliment — I want my baby girl to grow up like Sarah. She cried so hard becaose she cannnot pronounce nagent in French. I said crud let it go. You are seven. Adults do not spend an hour every day learning a language. Relax. She was so sad I told her no one will ever get on my nerves as much as you. You have to prove nothing ever to anyone. Dug up coloring books from when she was a baby. I said see how much bettrr you draw now. Learning is a process takes time. Last year you could barely hold a bat this year you are on the all star team. Scares me that I did not see a tiny one just wanting to feel worthwhile. She never stops talking No idea how she became so effusive. Lie I speak a lot.

  22. mothy67 says:

    I just watched the Kelley piece with the NOW woman. I liked her the first time I saw her. Knew she was a star. Had no idea she was Catholic. I went to Catholic school and was an alter boy. I was not always devout but the war on religionhas awakened my faith. Lots I disagee with but I am a fag and that is not easy on my parents. I love my parents. Not possible for me to walk away. I stsnd by my god in the same way. I am aware of all the arguments against Catholics. I do not care I need not to defend. I live by rules. Mine. Not yours mine. Have 20 abortions. Not my issue. Iam sorrry if you make a choice to abort and then cannot endure the protesters. Too bad . I sit in chick a fillet wearing walmart clothes rrading Paula Dean making duck sounds. I do not care who calls me an asshole. I have proven that. The gay Catholic thing I have struggled with for decades because I experience discomfort gives no one possesion of my limitrd brain. I will not vote based on a need to get laid. Democrats are also an ugly bunch Harry Ried John Kerry. Egads I do not think there is enough booze in New Orleans and Russia. He is just gross and I misbehavedcin the crescent city.

  23. elliesmom says:

    This morning Lulu said the Democrats have to make Obama quit. That idea has been rolling around in my head all day. The Republicans sent Barry Goldwater to the White House to tell Nixon it was time to pack it in. Is there anyone Obama respects enough, other than Valerie Jarrett, who could give him that message? She’s not going to do it because if he’s sent packing so is she. It has to someone who not gain or lose personally. It should be what we used to call an “elder statesman”. Jimmy Carter? Give me a moment to stop laughing.

    • leslie says:

      Great idea. Who wants to be called the “biggest raaacist of them all”???? ‘Cuz that’s what’ll happen.

  24. r u reddy says:

    The House Republican Majority will not be allowed to begin any impeachment process. Obama’s continuance in office is too important to too many rich people to allow impeachment to even be discussed. Therefor the House Republicans won’t even discuss it.

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