Hypocrisy? You bet, say some Republicans.
"Look, you can't say on the one hand that the president is overreaching by acting without legislative authority and direction and then refuse to give him legislative authority and direction in another area," Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a frequent voice of moderation in the House GOP conference, said on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown." […]Cole wasn't alone in recognizing the problem here, and that's why Boehner was "mobbed" by members demanding a vote yesterday immediately after the original bill was pulled. Not acting on immigration, and then saying the president could go it alone the day after suing him for doing just that, is even worse than missing a day of vacation. Go figure.
Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer lambasted House Republicans for the "ridiculous" move on Thursday night.
"It is ridiculous to sue the president on a Wednesday because he oversteps the law, as he has done a dozen times illegally and unconstitutionally," the conservative commentator said on Fox, "and then on a Thursday say that he should overstep the law, contradict the law that passed in 2008 and deal with this himself."
The result is a bill so extremely right-wing that Reps. Michele Bachmann and Steve King are raving about it. Which means it's a bill that will be unacceptable to the Senate and President Obama and will force him to act on his own, anyway. Good job, House GOP.