Sarah Palin penned an op-ed last week calling for the impeachment of President Obama. On Beribart.com, the former Republican vice presidential candidate said, “Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas.’”
Her comments have drawn criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.
“She wasn’t a particularly good vice presidential candidate,” Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News’ Pierre Thomas on “This Week.”
“She’s an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why,” he added.
And it’s not just Obama loyalists who disagree with Palin. ABC News rounded up a list of prominent Republicans who say the president should not be impeached.
1. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, House Judiciary Committee Chair
“We are not working on or drawing up articles of impeachment,” Goodlatte told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday on “This Week.” “The Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes grounds for impeachment of the President of the United States. He has not committed the kind of criminal acts that call for that.”
2. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio
Sarah Palin called Speaker Boehner’s efforts to sue the president “bringing a lawsuit to a gunfight.” In response to a reporter’s question regarding Palin’s remarks, Boehner simply reiterated, “I disagree.”
When a reporter asked Boehner’s if a lawsuit implied an impeachable offense, the Speaker of the House replied, “I think this is a battle between the two branches of government. Others can make a determination about whether it’s impeachable or not. I believe that the path that we’re going is the right one to defend our institution against the encroachment from the executive branch and to preserve the Constitution of our country as it was written and as it was intended.”
“I believe that the path we’re going down is the correct one,” Boehner added.
3. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona
“I respect always Sarah Palin’s views, but my particular view is that we should devote our energies to regaining the majority in the Senate,” McCain said. ”I saw the impeachment scenario with former President Clinton and it was not a good thing to do. The American people didn’t like it. The American people wanted us to do their work and that was the overall opinion at the time. It did not sit well with the American people.”
4. Bill Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard
“No responsible Republican elected official has called for impeachment. And one problem with it, of course, is that you just get Joe Biden as president. The Republican task is to elect a Republican Senate — and elect a Republican president in 2016 — not to create a phony issue that allows Democrats to make Republicans look extreme.
5. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia
Shelley Moore is running for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia. The Washington Post reports that she opposes impeachment of the president. “Shelley believes we should really be addressing the serious problems facing Americans today — the economy, jobs and the War on Coal,” spokeswoman Amy Graham, told the Post via email.
6. Ana Navarro, ABC News Contributor and Republican Strategist
“Nobody of responsibility, nobody in leadership, nobody of relevance has talked about impeachment. The lawsuit is about constitutional powers — and the separation of powers. So can we stick to talking about what people who actually can make something happen say, and not what folks who just want to make headlines say.”
7. Rep. Cory Gardner R-Colorado
Gardner is running in a heated race against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. He told the Washington Post that he opposes the impeachment of President Obama.