Herman Cain: Obama’s DOMA Stance An ‘Impeachable’ Offense

CainBook Speaking with reporters last night, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said it would be a "great thing" to impeach President Obama, in part because the commander-in-chief refuses to defend anti-gay DOMA:

So the main stumbling block in terms of getting him impeached on a whole list of things such as trying to pass a health care mandate which is unconstitutional, ordering the Department of Justice to not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act — that’s an impeachable offense right there. 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.

There are a number of things where a case could be made in order to impeach him, but because Republicans do not control the United States Senate, they would never allow it to get off the ground.

Luckily, the odds of homophobic Cain winning the GOP nomination are basically nil.


  1. Paul says

    OH Cain…seriously. Stick to god awful pizzas. Many presidents have decided to not defend laws they think are unconstitutional…just check Bush et al. Has this man ever read a book ?

  2. Gus says

    Does Mr. Cain understand the difference between treason and an action that is heretical to his particular brand of Christianity?

  3. Rod says

    Apprently he doesn’t comprehend the difference between defending a law and enforcing the law but that seems pretty consistent with Tea Partyers. Luckily he hasn’t a chance at a presidential run.

  4. kit says

    Unfortunately, people who DO have a shot at the Republican nomination (Rick Perry, for example…) are just as vile.

  5. justinw says

    Another one whose main skill lies in self-promotion. He’s Sarah Palin’s male counterpart.

  6. Brian says

    Actually, Obama (and all Presidents before him) take an oath to defend the Constitution (not ALL laws of the land, but THE law of the land.) As DOMA is clearly un-constitutional, Obama is adhering to his oath.

  7. kodiak says

    “CEO of Self Abuse” would be a better title. And they shouldn’t have cropped the photo so we could all see what he’s really doing with his other hand.

  8. Dave in Chicago says

    Andy, the best you can do is really just to call him a homophobe? He’s clearly so much more: an utter moron, a simpleton who lacks even a basic understanding of how the US government works, a boor, and a delusional man who thinks he actually has a chance.

  9. Jim says

    Yeah, and I figure Herman Cain would say that Abraham Lincoln’s “stance” on ending slavery in the Civil War was an impeachable offense as well. I’m gonna say it… I just can’t stomach a black man discriminating and promoting hate toward another group of people. Does this man remember where he came from?

  10. Gregoire says

    The problem with crazies like Cain and Bachmann is that people then turn to Rick Perry and Ron Paul and say, “Well, they seem rational by comparison!”

    Trust me, this is a very calculated calibration to put a staunch ultra conservative in the GOP slot (i.e. Perry). Put candidates to the right of that candidate that are so unspeakably radical that a ‘mere’ redmeat Christian conservative will seem palatable by comparison.

  11. anon says

    He’s clearly not a lawyer. DOMA was struck down by the courts and so should not be enforced unless the court issues a stay (a delay in implementing its ruling), but the justice dept would have to file a motion of appeal and a request for a stay, which would have to be granted either by the appeals court or the ruling court, and then the executive branch would have to go back to enforce the law, but none of this has happened. Cain is creating an entirely new executive mandate, which is that all laws struck down by the courts must be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. He’d probably also require them to change the constitution through amendments if SCOTUS rules against him.

  12. says

    First of all, he’s either an idiot or lying. Obama NEVER said he wouldn’t enforce DOMA. Quite the contrary. When Obama made his DOMA announcement, he made it very clear (unfortunately) that he would continue to enforce the policy — he just wasn’t going to defend it in court, presumably because he recognizes the law is probably unconstitutional. That is a *huge* difference from not “enforcing” it. Anyone who knows that much is being incredibly dishonest to suggest Obama isn’t “enforcing it.” That’s pants-on-fire territory.

    Secondly, public officials have always been given at least some discretion over whether or not they enforce a particular policy or law. Human beings are not automatons, and are better able to grasp particular situations as they come up than can be done on the aggregate when policy making at a massive scale — ie law making. For example, if there’s a bi-national gay couple that’s married in a state where that’s legalized, or otherwise been together for a long time in a state that doesn’t have marriage equality, there’s no reason on earth why the administration shouldn’t tell immigration to STFU and let the immigrant in the relationship stay in the country like they would be able to do if that couple were straight. There’s nothing inherently illegal about doing that, and there’s nothing forcing the government to split that couple up in DOMA (while DOMA prevents the immigration offices from automatically allowing that couple to naturalize, there’s no reason why immigration couldn’t decide on its own to let the immigrant in the couple stay — and the administration could enforce that all on its own, without needing congressional approval). That sort of thing just using common sense and decency in a situation that demands a little extra discretion.

  13. Danny says

    I wonder what Cain thought of the unprecedented number of “signing statements” his boy Bush signed after congress passed legislation he didn’t like.

  14. Mark says

    C’mon people. Herman Cain has the right to say whatever he wants, and it’s not as if what he’s saying is news. You all know how the republicans feel about anything related to gays and you don’t need Cain to spell it out for you explicitly that the main goal of the republicans is to bring Obama down, through impeachment or any other means. Seriously, if all the time spent reading blogs was spent campaigning against republicans it would be soo much more productive. But then, I’m probably wasting my time writing this since it won’t make any difference.

  15. Derrick from Philly says

    “I just can’t stomach a black man discriminating and promoting hate toward another group of people. Does this man remember where he came from?”

    Can you stomach a White one, Jim? And what the f.ck do you know about where that Black idiot came from? You know Black American history? Really?

  16. elg says

    @Derrick From Philly
    You said the same thing I was thinking.

    Herman Cain is a bigot, like ALL the other WHITE republican candidates for president. We all know this. So why bring up his race/skin color, Jim?