"This isn't about Republicans or Democrats. It's about defending the Constitution we swore an oath to," Speaker John Boehner said. "Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?"That oath to defend the Constitution clearly only applies to Republicans when the president is a Democrat. It's not just Democrats who aren't buying it; the move has done nothing to appease the rabble.
But, as the speaker has found with other efforts to appease the right wing of his party, he was not well received. Sarah Palin responded by calling for Mr. Obama's impeachment, stirring up the kind of intraparty fight that Mr. Boehner had hoped to avoid. (Five Republicans voted no on Wednesday: Paul Broun of Georgia; Scott Garrett of New Jersey; Walter B. Jones of North Carolina; Thomas Massie of Kentucky; and Steve Stockman of Texas.)If Boehner thought this stunt was going to stop impeachment chatter, he's obviously mistaken.
Other prominent conservatives ridiculed the lawsuit. Erick Erickson, the blogger and pundit, also called it "political theater" that wasted taxpayer dollars. Mark Levin, the popular radio host and former Reagan administration official, called it a "foolish move" that made him cringe.