The Republican Divide Over Whether to Sue or Impeach Obama

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio J. Scott Applewhite/AP

House Speaker John Boehner rejected Sarah Palin's scorched earth approach to the border crisis on Wednesday, saying he "disagrees" that impeaching the President is a viable solution. That might be because Boehner already has what he thinks is a better idea in the works: a vote on Boehner's lawsuit against the president may happen later this month.

It should hardly strike any as surprising that former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin suggested impeaching the president in an op-ed for Breitbart, as many Tea Party favorites have called for Obama to be removed from office over a litany of issues. This time, Palin argued, politicians really, really needed to follow through: 

The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he's not impeachable, then no one is."

Were this just the usual Palin puffery, we'd all move along with our lives. But over at The Hill, Christina Marcos notes that a number of lawmakers agree with Palin, and have also expressed interest in seeking an impeachment of the president:

A number of House Republicans have also called for Obama's impeachment, including Reps. Lou Barletta (Pa.), Kerry Bentivolio (Mich.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Michael Burgess (Texas), Jason Chaffetz (Utah), Blake Farenthold (Texas), Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Louie Gohmert (Texas).

That, it seemed, was enough to get this brief response from House Speaker John Boehner: 

He then uttered the same two words about the GOP lawmakers' calls for impeachment. And so opened a divide between lawmakers, between those who want to impeach the president, and who merely want to sue President Obama for his use of executive orders. (Arit John broke down Boehner's lawsuit rationale here.)

Palin isn't having it though

You don't bring a lawsuit to a gunfight. There is no place for lawyers on the frontline. Where are the front lines in America? They are our borders.”

So with the crucial midterm elections ahead of us and control of the Senate in the balance, the optics of a potential lawsuit or an impeachment (or simply more intransigence) will continue to dominate the debate in GOP strategy rooms. Can any of it work? Will any of it? Or will a war over how to undermine the president stunt all the momentum?

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by Brocade

    Best of 2016 Federal Forum eBook

    Earlier this summer, Federal and tech industry leaders convened to talk security, machine learning, network modernization, DevOps, and much more at the 2016 Federal Forum. This eBook includes a useful summary highlighting the best content shared at the 2016 Federal Forum to help agencies modernize their network infrastructure.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    GBC Flash Poll Series: Merger & Acquisitions

    Download this GBC Flash Poll to learn more about federal perspectives on the impact of industry consolidation.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    A DevOps Roadmap for the Federal Government

    This GBC Report discusses how DevOps is steadily gaining traction among some of government's leading IT developers and agencies.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreements

    Read this eBook to learn how defense agencies can achieve savings and efficiencies with an Enterprise Software Agreement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Cloudera

    Government Forum Content Library

    Get all the essential resources needed for effective technology strategies in the federal landscape.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.