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Speaker of the House John Boehner speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.
In case you missed all the fun, House Republicans voted Wednesday to sue President Obama for delaying the implementation of a provision of Obamacare that House Republicans have voted dozens of times to repeal. They said that delay was overstepping his powers. Clearly, House Republicans believe that if they aren't doing anything to govern, no one should. But more than that, House Speaker Boehner and team seem to think they have to do something to prove how much they still hate Obama short of what the rabble is demanding: impeachment. But, of course, they can't admit that, so you get bullshit like this:
"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.)

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.

If Boehner thought this stunt was going to stop impeachment chatter, he's obviously mistaken.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 06:44 AM PDT.

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