House Speaker John Boehner’s repeated threat to sue President Obama isn’t just laughed at by the White House alone. And not just by national media. And not just by your friends, family, coworkers, classmates, in-laws, and practically everyone else on the planet, either. Even far-right activists like Erick Erickson are criticizing Boehner for this latest antic.
Typical of his M.O., Erickson doesn’t pull any punches in his criticism, either. In a July 7 entry, the Editor in Chief of RedState.com says this latest, pointless trick only demonstrates that Boehner (and all House Republicans, he specifies) are absent of any “testicular fortitude(.)” According to Erickson:
John Boehner’s lawsuit is nothing more than political theater and a further Republican waste of taxpayer dollars.
Two weeks ago, Boehner announced he would call for a Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to convene and then file suit against the president. He didn’t list any charges, however, only mentioning a general category of “issues” with no specific examples or violations. Obama quickly challenged him to pursue, though, calling Boehner’s threat “a stunt.” Boehner repeated the threat in a July 6 op/ed published by CNN.com, but again offered no specific claims – just the threat to file suit.
And why is Erickson so critical of the lawsuit proposed by Boehner? Because he recognizes that it’s just another PR trick, launched a few months before this year’s election, that the GOP hopes will make voters think they’re actually doing something in Congress. Says Erickson:
I would kindly ask that he save the taxpayers further money on a political stunt solely designed to incite Republican voters who might otherwise stay home(.)
What Erickson doesn’t mention, and which you’d think the Speaker of the House should still know, is that no one can sue the president on civil claims for any actions he takes related to his office. The Supreme Court has ruled this more than once, too. So what else could Boehner’s latest antic be than what Erickson calls a “political stunt”?
Erickson, 39, made The Telegraph’s “Most Influential U.S. Conservatives” listing in 2010, and was declared a “key national player” by the Washington Post that same year. A former commentator on CNN from 2010 to 2013, today he regularly appears on Fox News.