Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer warned that President Obama’s falling popularity makes it “increasingly likely” he will use executive action on immigration as “impeachment bait,” hoping it will change November’s outlook in the Democrats’ favor.
Krauthammer appeared with Fox News’ Bret Baier on Wednesday to comment on a new NBC/WSJ poll that showed Obama’s lowest approval numbers to date.
“If these numbers keep going south, or if they hover in the high 30s, I think it increases the likelihood that Obama’s going to roll the dice and come out — they’ve been threatening, leaking, hinting that they’re going to do some massive executive order on immigration that will legalize a lot of people, up to five million in some reports,” Krauthammer said. “And the White House is not denying it.”
“That would completely scramble the deck,” he continued, noting it would energize the Democratic base and Latino voters.
“But lastly, I think this is impeachment bait,” he asserted. “They really know it would be such a violation of the separation of powers that it will raise impeachment talk.”
The columnist noted that the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998 “saved” the Democratic Party from disaster, as voters felt the president was being treated unfairly.
“I think Obama is cynical enough to plunge us into a constitutional crisis to gin up the vote, to bait Republicans into impeachment, as a way to save his party in the midterm elections,” Krauthammer concluded.