House Speaker John Boehner is set on his course.
And that course doesn’t include one thing some prominent voices in his own party are demanding: the impeachment of President Obama.
In a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday, Boehner fielded two pointed questions on the topic of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s column Tuesday that demanded impeachment proceedings against the president for a pattern of presidential overreach and “purposeful dereliction of duty” in the current illegal alien crisis.
Asked about Palin’s column point blank, Boehner responded “I disagree,” according to The Hill.
Asked more generally about members of Congress who have spoken openly or privately about the prospect, Boehner repeated: “I disagree.”
That’s not what many outspoken conservatives want to hear. High profile members of Boehner’s caucus who’ve called for impeachment hearings include some of those most despised by the left, such as Reps. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and Louie Gohmert of Texas.
Boehner didn’t explain why he disagrees, but it’s no secret that Republican strategists with an eye on the coming midterms are wary of giving Democrats any ammunition to fight with. The Democrat base – particularly black voters – would be energized by any repeat of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998.
Instead, Boehner is relying on a lawsuit he plans to file against the president on behalf or the entire Congress – Democrats included – to try to bring an imperial presidency to heel.
“Congress has its job to do, and so does the president,” Boehner wrote in a column defending the lawsuit, published Monday by CNN.
“The legislative branch has an obligation to defend the rights and responsibilities of the American people, and America’s constitutional balance of powers — before it is too late.”
Check out Boehner’s curt response to the Palin question here:
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