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Joe Miller Challenges Alaska Senate Hopefuls to Call for Impeachment

The issue that could revive his longshot campaign? (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

Rod Kackley


August 1, 2014 - 9:38 am
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Joe Miller, running a distant third in Alaska’s Senate GOP primary, is calling on his fellow Republican candidates in that race to back his call for the impeachment of President Obama.

Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan, who are running in first and second place respectively in the GOP Senate primary according to the latest polling numbers, have kept their thumbs to themselves, declining to point those digits up or down.

That is nowhere near good enough for the man who beat Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the GOP Senate primary four years ago.

And as Real Clear Politics pointed out in early July, it is way too early to count him out, noting that Miller was also considered a “wild card” before he roared from behind to win the GOP Senate primary in 2010.

Miller trailed Murkowski by 32 points in July 2010, before being endorsed by Sarah Palin and charging to victory only a few weeks later.

He needs a Palin-kind of turbo-charged help again. Miller is so far out of it this time around that the CBS News poll didn’t even show how he would fare against Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) like it did with Sullivan and Treadwell.

However, Miller is closer to the top dog in the race than he was in 2010. The most recent Real Clear Politics aggregate of the polls shows Miller is 21.5 points behind Sullivan.

As part of his effort to build the kind of momentum that allowed him to beat Murkowski before the Aug. 19 primary, Miller is challenging Treadwell and Sullivan to get off their thumbs and call for the removal of Obama from the White House.

Miller is also using the “impeach now” theme as part of a campaign fundraising email letter that went out July 28.

“Today, I challenged my fellow Republican candidates to join me in calling for the impeachment of Barack Obama. We are a nation of laws, and this president continues to undermine the rule of law,” Miller said in the statement.

“Where does it end? If he can decide which laws he will and will not enforce, if he can create law by fiat, if he can abrogate Congressional action, we no longer have a democratic republic. Let’s call it what it is. It’s criminal.”

The way Miller sees it, “the long train of abuses from refusing to secure our border, to unilaterally changing our immigration laws and threatening to do so even more, to violating Americans’ First Amendment religious liberty rights, to violating their Fourth Amendment’s privacy protections, to changing provisions of ObamaCare, to making recess appointments when the Congress is not in recess, to Benghazi, to Fast and Furious, to the IRS scandal, all reveal a lawless presidency.”

The email statement also said, “It’s time to for the cheap talk about our being a nation of laws to end if we’re not ready to hold the president accountable. Congress must use its constitutionally authorized powers to end this illegitimate usurpation of authority and impeach the president. It’s time to rally around our Constitution and preserve the republic.”

Miller is also using the impeachment challenge to raise more money for his struggling campaign.

“If you want the next senator from Alaska to be someone who is committed to holding this president accountable to the people and the law, I ask for your support. Whether you can give $500, $250, $100, $50 or $25, it will help get our message out and prevail Election Day. Donate HERE.”

Miller is not the first Alaskan politician to call for Obama’s impeachment. This fever was started by former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

But the question needs to be asked: Are Miller, Palin and the rest who want Obama to be impeached really helping the Democrats solve their most glaring problem? Will this impeachment fever strike a spark under lukewarm independents and moderates who might now be motivated to turn out for the mid-term election in November?

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So the answer to Obama's lawlessness, that includes treason in my opinion, is to allow it to continue without contesting it, because the democrats might fundraise off it?

Let's see, Obama switched the USA sides in the war on terror, (covered up by the Benghazi scandal) and is now arming, funding and assisting the enemy Al Qaeda who have rebranded to ISIS, Obama is funding terrorist groups in violation of the law, Obama has released terrorist leaders in violation of the law, Obama is allowing/assisting in an invasion of our southern border in violation of the law, and the constitutional remedy is to impeach, BUT because the senate presently has more democrats the ASSUMPTION is they will all ignore his willful lawbreaking and say it doesn't amount to "high crimes and misdemeanors"?
Impeach Holder first, and Obama second and let the chips fall where they may. Americans should not condone lawbreaking by our leaders because there are more democrats in the senate, or the democrats might fundraise and inflame their base to turnout.

Just my humble opinion.

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It seems at best to be foolish and at worst desperate for a Republican to be screaming for impeachment when it doesn't take too much knowledge to realize that the senate would never vote to convict.
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Is that what we're calling her now? "former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin"?
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As long as we're tossing the word "impeachment" around, why not have more fun? Why not start asking senators from both parties why they won't support impeachment of Harry Reid? I know, it takes the full sitting senate to vote on impeachment, but wouldn't it be fun getting them all on record why they won't support the rule of law?

Harassment and interdiction fire -- just keep lobbing shells into the next valley until you hit something. Keep'em busy dodging flak.
30 weeks ago
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Joe Miller's desperate attempt to be relevant. Sending an incendiary email is leadership?
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It would have been rather easy for the republican House leadership to refuse to fund the nefarious activities of this administration, but they chose phony political grandstanding over substance with this stupid lawsuit. They are worthless and weak.
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OK, genius, explain to us the "relatively easy" process of denying funding if you can't pass a budge. Remember, now, genius, that a budget must past both the House and Senate and get the signature of the President. If you pass a budget in the House and the Senate doesn't concur or the President vetoes, there isn't a budget. If there isn't a budget at 12:01 AM on October 1st, there isn't a government. You might, well maybe not, have noticed that those government shutdown things haven't work out real well for Congressional Republicans.
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