"This idea that he's just going to go it alone, I have to remind him we do have a constitution. And the Congress writes the laws, and the President’s job is to execute the laws faithfully. And if he tries to ignore this he's going to run into a brick wall."But on the other hand, the very same John Boehner also said the president's actions won't actually have any impact on anything:
"I suspect it affects absolutely no one," said Boehner.Boehner can't have it both ways. If he wants to make the case that President Obama is engaging in a tyrannical power grab, that's his right, but he can't say that Obama is running roughshod over the Constitution while simultaneously saying that the president's actions are meaningless.
The truth is that President Obama is exercising well-established (if limited) powers of the presidency and that the reason why he's focusing on them instead of trying to work with Congress is that he knows when it comes to dealing with John Boehner and House Republicans, he's going to run into a brick wall no matter what he does. The only people who can fix that problem are American voters, and we don't get our say until November.