Remember when Republicans were screaming that Obama violated the constitution and they were going to impeach him?
Eventually, they shut up about that, but then they tried a new tactic. According to Politico:
House Speaker John Boehner came out swinging hard last June when he announced that his chamber would take President Barack Obama to court. The suit, charging that the president grossly exceeded his constitutional authority by failing to implement portions of the Obamacare law, was billed as an election-season rallying point for aggrieved Republicans.
Their lawyers expected the suit to be filed in September. Well, it is now two months later and just a few days before the election, and the GOP has also shut up about their lawsuit.
As a former House Counsel put it “I thought this was a constitutional crisis and the republic was in jeopardy because Obama overstepped his bounds. Now, they can’t even get around to filing it?”
Of course, the reason the GOP never filed the lawsuit was pure politics. Boehner’s announcement spurred fundraising by the Democrats and alienated moderates. So I guess partisan politics once again trumps constitutional issues.
Even more interesting, it is looking likely that Republicans will take over the Senate in this week’s election. With control of both houses of Congress, will they bring up the lawsuit again in order to pander to the Tea Party?
I guess in order to be a Republican, you have to have a very short attention span.
UPDATE: There may be another explanation for the delay. According to Politico, the Republicans have hired two different law firms to sue the president, but both of them have quit.