But now a new poll finds that a broader group of Americans agree with the president that House Speaker John Boehner's planned lawsuit against the president for failing to enforce laws is a political stunt.
In the poll distributed by Americans United for Change, which often goes to bat for the president's agenda, 51 percent of registered voters called the suit a “political stunt,” while 41 percent called it legitimate.
The poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling also found that if the GOP goes through with the lawsuit, focused on Obamacare laws, 46 percent of those polled would be “less likely” to support Republican candidates in the midterm elections. Some 30 percent said it would make them “more likely” to back a Republican.
The poll, in which 41 percent of the sample were Democrats, 30 percent Republicans and 29 percent independents, also found that many believe the suit is a waste of money. Asked if the suit is “a good use of taxpayer money,” 36 percent said yes, 56 percent no.
Still, Boehner has support in his caucus and among conservatives around the country who believe that, short of impeachment, the president needs to be warned about ignoring laws on the books.
“The current president believes he has the power to make his own laws -- at times even boasting about it,” Boehner said in a recent statement. “If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well,” he said, adding: “The House has an obligation to stand up for the legislative branch, and the Constitution, and that is exactly what we will do.”
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.