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Boehner Opts for Impeachment Lite

House Speaker John Boehner today said the House would sue President Obama for all the end runs he has done around Congress.

Obama has violated the spirit of some laws, the letter of others, and ignored still more of them. But Boehner’s lawsuit could take years – possibly not even being completed until after Obama leaves office – and seems designed to gin up the base while trying to appease the ire of the growing number of conservatives who support impeachment.

“This is not about impeachment — it’s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country,” Boehner said.

“My view is the president has not faithfully executed the laws,” he said. “What we have seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the Legislative Branch.”

It’s not clear exactly which of Obama’s actions will be targeted by the suit.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the action a “taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job.”

“It seems that Republicans have shifted their opposition into a high gear,” he said. “Frankly, it’s a gear that I didn’t know previously existed.”

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17 Responses to Boehner Opts for Impeachment Lite

  1. Interesting perspective from the stand-in Carny:

    Much of Obama’s time (and millions of our tax dollars) look to be dedicated to “taxpayer-funded attacks against the Congress of the United States for doing its job.”

    Kettle US — Meet POT US

  2. I sent an e-mail off to the RNC this morning regarding the election yesterday. It was a short e-mail, but every time I tried to go beyond the words “US Chamber of Commerce”, I was cut off. So I just put a period on “I’m sick of the US Chamber of Commerce” and sent it off. I got a curt thank you and a “We’ll get back to you”. I predict I don’t hear from them. They don’t seem to be worried about having a base.

    • Want an interesting read? When you mentioned the chamber of Commerce it reminded me.

      google the Powell Memo. It is a letter from Democrat (old type) Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., former associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to Mr. Eugene B. Sydnor, Jr., Chairman, Education Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1971. It is about the attack on the US economic system by the communists, progressives and democrats in academia and elsewhere.

      Just one passage form it. “Sources of the Attack

      The sources are varied and diffused. They include, not unexpectedly, the Communists, New Leftists and other revolutionaries who would destroy the entire system, both political and economic. These extremists of the left are far more numerous, better financed, and increasingly are more welcomed and encouraged by other elements of society, than ever before in our history. But they remain a small minority, and are not yet the principal cause for concern.”

      Powell had foresight and what he wrote about has come true.

  3. This could be much more effective than impeachment. There are a few questions about an impeachment process.
    1: Even if the House proceeds and impeaches the President, I have real concern Harry Reid will not complete the process in the Senate. I have been looking at this for some time. there is nothing in the law stating the Senate MUST continue the impeachment process started in the House.

    I have serious doubts that Reid would hold the trial and he would be happy to let the courts sort it out. since there has been only 2 impeachments and neither removed the President, there is no case law on the Senates requirement to proceed.

    2: Even if the GOP takes the Senate which looks likely, you still do not have enough votes to convict and remove.

    This suit brings up a few more interesting issues. We will certainly see a case study in judicial activism. I wonder if this case would have to wind its long way through the court system or would it get fast tracked to SCOTUS?

    I do feel that this lawsuit has a far far better chance of reigning in this lawless president.

    • Since the GOP would be accused of wasting more tax dollars (as if Obama’s travels don’t waste enough), it would be nice if the suit could be funded via donations. Maybe those “evil” Koch brothers could chip in a few bucks. And since the Democrats are so sure it’s a fiasco, they could put their money where their mouths are and help support their “righteous” case.

      • Any contributions from anyone could throw the suit into a mistrial and at least make it blatantly partisan.

        I say this suit will protect Democrats as well as Republicans, or ALL Americans from having a dictator and not a President.

    • By the time articles of impeachment gets to the Senate Harry Reid may not be the Majority Leader. Perhaps, we might change things through our civil duties and revolt peacefully through elections.

  4. If Trey Gowdy is involved in this I am all in.

    And in the meantime, we should get busy impeaching Eric Holder.

    Attack, attack, attack. Or be prepared to surrender.

  5. The house needs to start doing their job and start de-funding the bureaucracies that Obama is changing law on. Like Pavlov’s dog. Obama makes an executive order, take a big chunk out of the budget. He’ll start figuring it out. Start with the EPA and Obamacare.