Herman Cain, fresh off his fifth-place finish in the Ames Straw Poll, is embracing another one of the extreme positions that have turned him into such a polling success.
Politico reports Cain said Tuesday that impeaching Obama “would be a great thing to do” given Obama’s clearly impeachable offenses like signing the health care reform bill into law and declaring the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional. But, sadly, Cain said, the divided Congress stands in the way of removing Obama from office.“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,” Cain said. “They would protect him and they wouldn’t even bring it up.”
As for the impeachable offenses, Cain appears to be taking a page from another presidential contender with stellar poll numbers: Newt Gingrich. The former House Speaker who presided over the last presidential impeachment told Newsmax back in February that the White House’s decision to stop defending DOMA in court sounded impeachment-worthy to his ears.
Gingrich later walked that back, saying that “impeachment is clearly not an appropriate action” to take after the White House’s DOMA decision. Other Republicans have differed with Gingrich on that, saying that the White House move definitely leaves Obama vulnerable to impeachment.
Cain appears to stand with them.
“Ordering the Department of Justice to not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act — that’s an impeachable offense right there,” he told the bloggers on the call. “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.”