House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has heard members of his party call for President Obama's impeachment for reasons that are unclear, but yesterday, he made clear that he's not on board.
When asked Wednesday by NBC News what he thought about the failed vice presidential nominee and half-term Alaska governor's demand that Congress remove Obama from office, the Ohio Republican said, "I disagree."
Boehner is leading a charge to sue the Obama administration over what he sees as an abuse of executive power, but the speaker has said the lawsuit is not a step toward impeachment.
Got it. The House Speaker is prepared to file a lawsuit against the president for reasons Boehner can't explain, but presidential impeachment isn't part of the House Republican leadership's plan.
So, does that put the matter to rest? Not yet, it doesn't.
Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) told Fox News, "You don't bring a lawsuit to a gunfight and there's no room for lawyers on our front lines." (One hopes that Palin was speaking metaphorically and that she doesn't actually see political disagreements with the White House as a "gunfight.") The comments came on the heels of a written piece in which the Alaska Republican said conservative voters should "vehemently oppose any politician" who "hesitate[s] in voting for articles of impeachment."
What we're left with is the latest wedge dividing the party. It's not yet a litmus test for the right, but four months before the 2014 midterms, it's clear Republicans have found yet another area for intra-party arguing.