We’ve seen the Democrats spin impeachment talk into dollars, but now one longtime Washington insider believes the left will try to spin it into something even bigger.
While House Speaker John Boehner tried to quash the issues on Tuesday, Former Speaker Newt Gingrich gave his own interpretation in a speech that evening, characterizing impeachment as a Democratic campaign ploy.
As the Daily Caller reports, Gingrich believes that President Obama might use his famous pen and phone approach to legalize some five million illegal immigrants who are the parents of American-born children. This amnesty via executive order would no doubt set off a firestorm of controversy, including a likely move towards impeachment on the part of Congressional Republicans.
“There is a rumor that the president, around Labor Day, may use executive action to legalize five million people who are here outside the law,” he said. “And I think if they do it, it will be trying to provoke the Republicans to institute impeachment.”
“The country would go crazy if the president were to do something so stupid,” Gingrich continued.
Gingrich isn’t the only person suggesting that Obama might be baiting impeachment proceedings. Fox News host Andrea Tantaros made a similar suggestion Wednesday morning, saying that Obama was trying to force Republicans to play the impeachment card “so that he could set the stage to actually do something worthy of impeachment.”
But would it be enough to trigger impeachment proceedings? Impeachment is widely regarded as political suicide for Republicans.
“It won’t succeed in impeaching Obama,” Gingrich said. “It’s the Democrats who want to talk about it because they raise money off of it.”
According to Gingrich, the effectiveness of impeachment might matter less than one would think. Given dismal Congressional approval ratings, slow recovery and growing dissatisfaction with Obama’s actions, the Democrats need to find a new issue to fuel their midterm election campaigns. And impeachment talk drives donations to Democratic coffers.
“These people are pretty desperate,” Gingrich said. “Nothing is working. And so they are looking for some fight that allows them to re-polarize the country in terms that help them in the election.”
At the same time, it seems like somewhat of a stretch to credit Obama as a Machiavellian strategist poised to game the House and the country for the political gain of his party. Though he can be a shrewd politician, Gingrich has been wrong before.