A measure authorizing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to sue President Barack Obama passed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday. All but five Republicans supported it, and no Democrats voted in favor of it.
It goes by the rather boring label of “H. Res. 676.” A more lively and accurate title would be “Help Speaker John Boehner Navigate Through the Extremists in His Own Party Act of 2014.”
A lawsuit filed by congressional Republicans against the president was probably inevitable. In 2008, Republicans decided it’s better to work against Obama than to work with him. To a significant degree, Republicans hold a majority in the House because of lawmakers who’ve built campaigns on opposing anything and everything the 44th president proposes. It’s these roaring lawmakers Boehner must pacify.
And so, it’s come to this — the threat of a lawsuit in the name of “defending the Constitution” against Obama.
The alternative within Boehner’s delegation is impeachment, a tactic most sensible Republicans realize would blow up in their faces. So, we get a lawsuit from the party that ceaselessly complains about trial lawyers, jackpot justice and activist judges.
From Boehner’s perspective, the speaker is doing what he can to tame the anti-Obama beast that keeps him in power.