Let's hope that during the August recess the GOP base lets its House members know in the clearest, loudest terms that John Boehner's blustering lawsuit won't cut it. Mere bluster is not the act any true, "constitutional conservative" facing down a lawless executive, yet bluster is all that Boehner proposes.
"[L]ater this month," writes the speaker in CNN Opinion, "we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country." The Constitution may be vague on what always constitutes a high crime or misdemeanor, yet there can be no dispute that presidential violations of oath and failures to faithfully execute the law of the land fit the bill.
This is serious stuff. Very serious--in Boehner's own words.
In anticipation of such seriousness, the Constitution provides the remedy of removal from office. It does not suggest, recommend, advise or stipulate a lawsuit, or similarly blustering op-eds. So when Speaker Boehner further observes that "What's disappointing is the President's flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend," the speaker is only condemning his own, irresolute litigiousness.
Indeed Boehner is, rather flippantly, dismissing his sworn oath to defend Constitutional principles and he's ignoring prescribed remedies for executive lawlessness.
Hey, GOP base. Are you going to let him get away with that? Or will you stand up for the United States Constitution--and demand impeachment proceedings?
Your duty, you constitutional conservatives, is clear--even if Speaker Boehner wishes to avoid his. So get out there in those August town-hall meetings and do it.