WASHINGTON (CNN) -

Man up. Afraid. Feckless.

Those are terms used to describe House Speaker John Boehner and his plan to sue President Barack Obama. And those are just from from critics on the right.

Since Boehner announced his intention nearly two weeks ago, reaction has been mixed -- at best.

Republican anger over the President's sidestepping of a stalemated Congress to use his "pen and phone" on issues of immigration, minimum wage, LGBT rights and energy production is for real and far reaching.

Boehner's attempt to answer what he considers a rogue presidency is to sue.

"The President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold," Boehner wrote in an op-ed on CNN.com over the weekend.

But sharp critics say taking Obama to court isn't the right one.

Naysayers on the right ...

Chief among them is Erick Erickson, editor of the conservative blog Red State.

"John Boehner's lawsuit is nothing more than political theater and a further Republican waste of taxpayer dollars," he wrote Monday.

He also said Boehner needs to "man up" in more ways than one.

"John Boehner and the House Republicans may lack the testicular fortitude to fight President Obama," Erickson wrote.

Another conservative naysayer, columnist and author Andrew McCarthy, called Boehner's actions "feckless."

"Boehner and Beltway Republicans are essentially saying, 'We can't use our power because Obama and his media friends would say mean things about us. But our lunatic conservative base is demanding action. So let us file a lawsuit so we can say we did something,' " McCarthy wrote (sarcastically), dissecting Boehner's suit threat.

"Now that's leadership!" McCarthy added.

For those two, anything short of impeachment is weak and chalked up to political drama in an election year.

Proof that political foes do see eye to eye, the White House gleefully seized the opportunity to promote Erickson.

Spokesman Eric Schultz tweeted, "I had a bunch of reporters ask me for response to Boehner op-ed this weekend. Guess I should have sent them here," which is a link to Erickson's column.

... and the left

Critics on the left, who obviously don't support impeachment but are critical of Boehner, are making similar claims. They point to holes in Boehner's claim.

Commentator Sally Kohn offered this suggestion to Boehner in a CNN.com op-ed: "Please exercise your (authority) and pass some laws to help America instead of wasting taxpayer money on a frivolous lawsuit that is nothing more than a flagrant partisan stunt."

As for Obama, he dismissed the threat, saying, "So, sue me."

"Middle class families can't wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff," he said last week.

The merits of a suit

Boehner has given few details and specifics of his complaint. In his op-ed, he points to the use of executive action, says the President is "ignoring" 40 bills the House passed focused on job creation and insists Obama ignores "laws written." But he has failed to specify which of Obama's 182 executive actions are problematic and which laws he's ignored.