To understand the Republican way of thinking when it comes to Democratic Presidents exercising power, it would be helpful to reacquaint oneself with pronouncements from five year olds:
5 YEAR OLD: “You’re a doo-doo head!”
When translated into Republican it becomes:
JOHN BOEHNER: “The White House won’t lift a finger to provide the truth to the American people. Not only does the president regularly ignore the law, he brags about it. You know, the Constitution makes it clear that a president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws, and in my view the president has not faithfully executed the laws.”
5 YEAR OLD: (When asked why he doesn’t like a vegetable) “I don’t like ’em! Just because!”
Translated into Republican:
JOHN BOEHNER: (When asked what specific executive actions of Pres. Obama’s he’s planning to challenge in court) “When I make that decision, I’ll let you know.”
The latest tactic by Republicans in The House to avoid doing anything to help the nation while Obama is President, is to sue him for not being a Republican (and for not following their lead in not leading). That is, since it is Republican policy to do nothing and since Obama is doing something which contradicts their policy, they are seeking to sue him. I believe the charge is “Driving Policy While Democrat…and Black”.
Having left the Repeal Obamacare leftovers out of the fridge for too long and its getting stale, Republicans seeking to feed their base contrived attacks on Obama that have no chance to succeed, have cooked up a new serving of faux outrage over Obama’s Executive Orders. And the graph below demonstrates how justified they are in being incensed at Obama using his Presidential power far above and beyond previous Presidents:
Whoops! Well…maybe Obama has used Executive Orders less than all previous Presidents but it’s more of an abuse because…well…damn…it’s the most a black President has ever used in the history of the US? Yeah, that works!
There is a principle about lawsuits, only a party that has been harmed can sue the party it claims has harmed them. Boehner and The House would be hard pressed to pass that initial threshold. By issuing Executive Orders that benefit Americans and don’t injure the individual or collective members of Congress, it seems difficult to imagine a judge granting The House standing to sue Pres. Obama in the first place. Add to that, the illogic of complaining about a threat to the balance of powers, that the Executive Branch is infringing on the Legislative Branch…while urging the Judicial Branch to infringe on the Executive Branch. Kind of like complaining that a driver is wrong for veering into your lane and addressing it by veering into their lane. And would a court really dare to upset the balance of powers in pursuit of trying to protect the balance of powers? Isn’t that a bit counterproductive and couldn’t that lead to a breakdown of our government as each branch retaliates by claiming authority over the other? A Constitutional Crisis over a policy used for many decades by Republican and Democratic Presidents and used less in this Presidency than ever before? Hard to imagine that this political ploy has any more chance of being accepted by a court than the Repeal Obamacare votes had a chance of prevailing.
So Republicans once again create a phony scandal/outrage that gives them something to do without doing something for America. And even Fox and their host Neil Cavuto are fed up with Republicans declaring that the only function of The House is to “fiddle while Rome is burning”, concocting one political attack after another on the Democratic Presidency and accomplishing absolutely nothing else:
If Democrats make this Republican trashing of The House of Representatives and our democracy a central issue in this years’ elections, backing it also with an agenda of what they would instead accomplish if they won control of The House, they might have a powerful argument. Nationalizing the 2014 elections by saying, “Do you want two more years of Repeal Obamacare votes and more suing and even impeaching of the President…or a functioning House passing bills on jobs, energy, immigration, etc. and moving America forward?”
It is a profound choice this year and framing the local and state elections in such nationalized and realistic terms makes a lot of sense.