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The last thing Republicans on Capitol Hill wanted to see was economic recovery.
Good news on the economy is bad news for the GOP and some on Capitol Hill grumble that reports showing some improvement is sending shock waves through Speaker of the House John Boehner‘s office.
“Not what we wanted to see,” grumbles a Boehner aide, who asked not to be identified. “We can’t campaign against Obama on the economy if things start to improve.”
When new numbers came out this week, Boehner huddled with top aides to plot a strategy to offset the good news.
The plan? Go after Obama’s plans to use executive orders to bypass Congressional stalling on his jobs bill and other economic programs.
“It’s almost laughable,” Boehner said on conservative Laura Ingraham‘s show Thursday.
Ingraham fed Boehner leading questions, including one that asked if the President was violating the Constitution by turning to executive orders.
“I have great concerns that he may be,” Boehner said.
But some Republicans worry that trying to ignore the modest economic gains could backfire on the party.
“Obama has been very successful in painting the GOP as the party of ‘no’ and continuing to naysay is dangerous,” says Republican political operative Jim Hildebrand. “Boehner needs to be careful.”
Boehner, however, is showing no signs of restraint.
“I thought we were a nation of laws and that our country was governed by our Constitution,” Boehner said.