In a 225-201 vote, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted to sue President Barack Obama, giving Americans even more reason to intensify their ever-expanding disapproval of Congress.
According to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other House GOP leaders, the suit will center on the Obama administration giving employers a one-year reprieve on enforcing a requirement under the Affordable Health Care Act last year. Despite the partisan vote (albeit five Republicans opted to vote with Democrats against the suit), Boehner says, “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats. It’s about defending the Constitution we swore an oath to uphold.”
Obama has dismissed the suit, noting that “everybody recognizes this as a political stunt.” He went on to say, “But it’s worse than that, because every vote they’re taking like that means a vote they’re not taking to actually help you.” Indeed, the vote highlights both a lack of concern for more pressing matters and another objective: continuing to question President Obama’s authority.
It’s been argued that for Boehner, the suit is a means to appease the flock of crazies within the Republican Party who have been clamoring for Obama’s impeachment mere moments after his presidency began. Boehner has dismissed the discussion of impeachment as a “Democratic scam.”
Evidently, he tunes out the rest of his party when convenient: Former failed GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin won’t shut up about impeaching President Obama. Nor will former Florida Congressman Allen West, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), and others.
Meanwhile, another failed Republican vice presidential nominee and faux champion of the poor Paul Ryan also argues that the impeachment talk stems from Democrats.
Ryan was quoted as saying, “I see this sort of a ridiculous game by the President and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money, and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way. And I’ll just leave it at that.”