Despite claims that she was joking, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is “dead serious” with her suggestion that the 2012 congressional elections be suspended, according to radio host Rush Limbaugh, and at least one group is now calling for the Democrat’s impeachment.

“No, she wasn’t joking,” Limbaugh said today. “If they could get away with canceling elections, they would do it. That is who the Democrats of today are. That’s what the American left is all about.”

During a speech yesterday in Cary, N.C., Perdue stated:

“You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It’s a little bit more contentious now but it’s not impossible to try to do what’s right in this state. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”

Perdue spokeswoman Chris Mackey, told the Daily Caller that it was a joke and “hyperbole.”

“This is not off the cuff, she had to think about this,” Limbaugh said. “She wants to cancel the elections because 2012 could dwarf 2010 in terms of Republican victory, Democrat loss. If the election were in one month, two months, the Democrat Party would end up with the smallest number of elected representatives in the House of Representatives maybe in history. That’s what they all know.”

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“Strange thing to joke about,” Limbaugh continued. “You’d better be obvious you’re joking if you’re gonna say something and she didn’t. She’s dead serious. The next time they tell you how stupid Sarah Palin is, or Michele Bachmann, just think back to this day and North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue.”

He added, “I say it rather joyously because it reassures me that we’ve not lost the country as far as the people are concerned. It’s obvious now what an aberration, an abnormality, if you will, Obama is. This is not what people thought that they were getting, it’s not what people want, this is not the direction they want the country to go, and they’re going to show up in record numbers in November to say so. Democrat response? Let’s cancel the elections.”

Meanwhile, the Virginia-based group Americans for Limited Government is calling for Perdue to be impeached by the North Carolina Legislature for her remarks.

“This is all a part of a disturbing trend on the hard left, showing their antipathy toward the people’s right to choose the direction of their country rather than the elites who think they know best,” said its president, Bill Wilson. “Recently, former White House OMB director and Pelosi CBO director Peter Orszag similarly stated that ‘we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic’. This is a trial balloon for tyranny.

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