Generally speaking, the proposals to impeach President Obama have come from raging Tea Partiers and the most off kilter right wing supporters. But this week, the idea is getting support from a Republican presidential hopeful- none other than Herman Cain.
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO held a conference call with political bloggers yesterday and spoke at length about why he thinks impeaching Obama would be “a great thing.” However, before you strike him out as nuts, Cain would like you to know that he is a political realist.
“That’s a great question and it is a great — it would be a great thing to do but because the Senate is controlled by Democrats we would never be able to get the Senate first to take up that action, because they simply don’t care what the American public thinks. They would protect him and they wouldn’t even bring it up.”
“So the main stumbling block in terms of getting him impeached on a whole list of things such as trying to pass a health care mandate which is unconstitutional, ordering the Department of Justice to not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act — that’s an impeachable offense right there. The president is supposed to uphold the laws of this nation … and to tell the Department of Justice not to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act is a breach of his oath. … There are a number of things where a case could be made in order to impeach him, but because Republicans do not control the United States Senate, they would never allow it to get off the ground.”
Besides consistently polling in the bottom tier of GOP candidates, he came in 5th in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa this past weekend. Commenting on the results of the poll, Cain said that he was attempting to run a “bottoms up” campaign.
“We are encouraged by our results in the recent Iowa straw poll…We not only placed well above more established politicians, we did so with no debt. As a businessman, I know how important it is to keep revenues ahead of expenditures. Our grassroots efforts proved that we can change the politics-as-usual paradigm. We have proved I am a viable candidate and we look forward to continuing our efforts to gain the nomination.”
Right. While I’m all for entertaining the Republican candidate fest every four years, this is getting beyond old. At this point, I think we all have enough evidence to officially move Herman Cain to the fringe files.