A vote by Republican lawmakers to authorize US House Speaker John Boehner to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama on a complaint that he has overstepped his legal authority shows that Republicans “have been taken over by crazies”, a political analyst says.
The resolution, approved on Wednesday, is the first such legal challenge by a chamber of Congress against a president and a historic foray in the fight over constitutional checks and balances.
“The Republicans have probably been so vindictive about Obama that they are losing sight of a longer-term strategy,” said Ian Williams, a senior analyst at Foreign Policy in Focus, a policy think tank based in Washington, DC.
“I don’t think the American public would be out there to get their head around the idea, but the Republican Congress is suing President Obama for not implementing rapidly enough a law that they themselves had opposed,” Williams told Press TV on Thursday.
“Threatening to impeach the president is rallying support for him because this makes it look as though he is an African American liberal president being beleaguered by a bunch of deranged, eccentric, right wingers,” he added. “It’s another sign that the Republicans have been taken over by crazies.”
House Republican leaders accuse Obama of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority by giving employers a one-year reprieve on enforcing a requirement under the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Under the 2010 law, employers must offer health coverage to their employees or pay a penalty. The requirement was delayed until 2015.
Republican lawmakers have been trying unsuccessfully for years to repeal Obamacare. They have also complained about many of Obama's other recent moves, including raising the federal minimum wage for federal contractors, implementing new pollution controls on coal-fired power plants and suspending deportations against some undocumented immigrants.