The Speaker of the House who initiated the last impeachment of a Democratic president has warned Barack Obama of the possibility of a repeat. Newt Gingrich told NewsMax.com that Obama’s refusal to fight legal challenges against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — which was also passed while Gingrich was Speaker — created a “very dangerous precedent.” He invoked a comparison: ““Imagine that Governor Palin had become president. Imagine that she had announced that Roe v. Wade in her view was unconstitutional, and therefore the United States government would no longer protect anyone’s right to have an abortion because she personally had decided it should be changed. The news media would have gone crazy. The New York Times would have demanded her impeachment.” Gingrich warned Obama “swore an oath on the Bible to become president that he would uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws of the United States. He is not a one-person Supreme Court.”
He added that implementing ObamaCare after it had been declared unconstitutional presented additional cause for concern. He called on Congress to defund ObamaCare in its budget — and, if the president violates the law, “then you’d have a real crisis.” His comments in response to questions about impeachment make clear that, although he is not yet ready to ask for proceedings to begin, he sees that as the outcome if Obama continues on his current lawless trajectory.
Gingrich is at least the third person to call for impeachment over DOMA. Yesterday, Matthew Vadum added this dereliction was “a new” reason to impeach Obama. Not all who believe this is “an impeachable offense” oppose homosexuality. Gingrich is the highest-ranking politician to warn the president of the possibility of impeachment. As they ask in the cell phone commercial, “Can you hear us now?”