In response to Wednesday’s House vote authorizing Speaker John Boehner to advance his lawsuit against Barack Obama, Democrats have voiced increasing disapproval of the measure.
Republicans contend Obama’s frequent use of executive power constitutes a violation of the separations of powers established in the U.S. Constitution. According to some in his own party, however, the president has actually not issued as many unilateral decrees as they might have hoped.
Appearing on MSNBC following the aforementioned vote, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz expressed that sentiment when she accused her fellow legislators on the other side of the aisle of suing Obama “for doing his job.”
She contended, in fact, that he is “doing his job actually less often and at a rate that is lower than any president since Grover Cleveland.”
Though it is unclear by what metric she arrived at that accusation, Hot Air’s Noah Rothman suggested she is using the number of executive orders issued as a way to determine whether a president has done his respective job. If so, he points out, it represents “a unique take on the role of chief executive,” particularly in light of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling that struck down multiple appointments he improperly made while Congress was not officially in recess.
Nevertheless, Schultz asserted that the lawsuit was filed only “because the Republicans refuse to do anything.”
Others in her party, including the subject of the lawsuit, share her sentiment.
Obama weighed in Wednesday, claiming his political rivals are voting “to sue me for doing my job.”
Rather than acting to improve America, House Republicans are pursuing a meritless lawsuit at a cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) July 30, 2014
As CNN reported, Democrats plan to use the suit as a common issue around which the party can rally voters.
“You bet we’re going to run on a Congress that is just obsessed with lawsuits, suing the president, talking about impeaching him, instead of solutions for the middle class,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel.
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