Report: Boehner may announce that House is suing Obama for executive overreach as early as this week; Update: Announcement made

posted at 11:21 am on June 25, 2014 by Allahpundit

It’s been in the works for awhile. Tom Rice introduced a resolution back in December that would allow the House as a body to sue O for failing to faithfully execute the laws. By January, he had at least a dozen colleagues pushing the leadership on it. By February, there were 43 co-sponsors. I wrote about it at the time, noting that Rice claimed he had met resistance from at least one member of the House leadership who thought his bill seemed “radical.”

I wonder what changed.

Boehner told the House Republican Conference during a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning that he has been consulting with legal scholars and plans to unveil his next steps this week or next, according to sources in the room.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said further action is necessary because the Senate has not taken up bills passed by the House targeting executive actions. The House has passed a bill expediting court consideration of House resolutions starting lawsuits targeting executive overreach and another mandating that the attorney general notify Congress when the administration decides to take executive action outside of what has been authorized by Congress.

“The president has a clear record of ignoring the American people’s elected representatives and exceeding his constitutional authority, which has dangerous implications for both our system of government and our economy,” Steel said. “The House has passed legislation to address this, but it has gone nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate, so we are examining other options.”

Maybe Boehner figures that after all the sturm and drang of primary season, and with so much upset among the base over an amnesty that may or may not be looming, slapping Obama with a constitutional suit over his autocratic excesses on ObamaCare, DACA, etc, is just the trick to unify Republicans before the midterms. The mechanism for how they’ll bring the suit on behalf of the House isn’t quite clear yet: It might involve a vote of the House’s “Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group,” which consists of three Republicans and two Democrats, and/or a vote of the entire House, but either way the GOP has the numbers. The “legal scholars” Boehner’s been consulting with, incidentally, are almost certainly David Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley, who wrote an influential op-ed a few months ago about how the House might be able to use the courts to rein Obama in. George Will summarized their argument this way in his recent column about “stopping a lawless president”:

Courts, understandably fearful of being inundated by lawsuits from small factions of disgruntled legislators, have been wary of granting legislative standing. However, David Rivkin, a Washington lawyer, and Elizabeth Price Foley of Florida International University have studied the case law and believe that standing can be obtained conditional on four things:

That a majority of one congressional chamber explicitly authorizes a lawsuit. That the lawsuit concern the president’s “benevolent” suspension of an unambiguous provision of law that, by pleasing a private faction, precludes the appearance of a private plaintiff. That Congress cannot administer political self-help by remedying the presidential action by simply repealing the law. And that the injury amounts to nullification of Congress’s power.

No problem on the first and second steps. No real problem on the fourth either: By unilaterally suspending major provisions of O-Care like the employer mandate, for instance, Obama’s obviously nullifying duly enacted federal statutes. The sticking point, I think, will be the third step. Congress could, in theory, undo all of Obama’s executive orders by overriding them with a two-thirds veto-proof vote of both chambers. The fact that there’s no chance of that happening because the Senate is controlled by Democrats might be cited by courts as proof that this is really a political question, something to be settled by voters rather than by judges. Will pushes back hard against that in his piece, arguing that it can’t be the case that courts will bless repeated separation-of-powers violations simply because one party and a comatose electorate are happy to look the other way at them. Hopefully not, but if the Rivkin/Foley approach is adopted by SCOTUS, it might lead to one or both chambers of Congress routinely suing the president for all but the most pedestrian executive actions. That’s not a bad outcome if you’re a fan of redistributing a little power from the executive branch to the legislative, but federal judges might get fidgety at the thought of being sucked into the middle of it.

The hard thing here for the GOP, though, isn’t the legal battle but the political battle. Like I said when I wrote about this in January, they’re essentially betting that there’s enough of a civic reservoir among the public that Republicans won’t be punished if they win this suit and Obama is forced to cancel his executive DREAM amnesty or to apply the nastier provisions of ObamaCare that he’s suspended so far. O’s going to go to voters and say, “I tried to help you by protecting you from bad laws. Republicans wouldn’t let me.” The GOP’s going to then turn around and say, “What he was doing was unconstitutional. Case closed.” Knowing American voters as you do, which approach do you think they’ll be more receptive to, the bottom-line one or the constitutional one? This is why Boehner held off until now on suing, of course — because he has a sneaking suspicion he wouldn’t win that public opinion battle, even though he should. By filing this suit only a few months before the midterms, maybe he’s counting on it being tied up in court long enough that he won’t have to worry about the outcome until after the votes are in.

Update: That didn’t take long.


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Yeah sure, that will stop him! Not.

climbnjump on June 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It’s about time!!

Whitey Ford on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Wow! That was quick…
Hope we get results like the hearings. /

31giddyup on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Let’s go further. Per Instapundit.

WE NEED CRIMINAL PENALTIES, AND CIVIL LIABILITY FOR INDIVIDUAL OFFICIALS WHO VIOLATE THE LAW: Patrick Leahy, John Cornyn introduce much-needed FOIA improvement bill, but still no penalties for violating public’s right to know.

Cindy Munford on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Smoke and mirrors

wifarmboy on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

About fooking time.

Then IMPEACH the SOB

txdoc on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Meh

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

because he has a sneaking suspicion he wouldn’t win that public opinion battle, even though he should.

Boehner is the political coward he has always been. Promising to take principled stands but never standing. Cave after cave, surrender after surrender… all with vows to do something more “next time.” Along with all the live to fight another day and not this hill crap that HA was famous for when they were attacking Ted Cruz last October.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Who does the DOJ represent in a case like this?

Sven on June 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Just throwing some meat to the conservative beasts. After Thad Cochran’s victory lap in Mississippi, they need it. The lawsuit will be trumpeted up and then slowly derailed into oblivion.

Rix on June 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The Supreme Court won’t save us from Obama.

Send troops to arrest him, not lawyers.

ConstantineXI on June 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The oaf and obama-enabling fool does nothing on the IRS and did nothing on Benghazi…

Get rid of the pig.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Smoke and mirrors

wifarmboy on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Like a cat trying to cover up its scat in a litter-box…

Keep trying to dangle that shiny object, Weeper.

ebrown2 on June 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Who does the DOJ represent in a case like this?

Sven on June 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Traditionally, the DoJ represents the people. But under Holder the DoJ is the President’s lawyer.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Sure he will. We all know the orange man has no spine. He is into weak, empty, gestures and not using the actual power he has to oppose the Indonesian idiot that is destroying this country. His picture will be right next to Barry’s when future scholars are explaining the fall of the American republic.

DeweyWins on June 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Just throwing some meat to the conservative beasts. After Thad Cochran’s victory lap in Mississippi, they need it. The lawsuit will be trumpeted up and then slowly derailed into oblivion.

Rix on June 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

From your mouth to God’s ear…

ebrown2 on June 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Boehner cannot file this until they have something concrete on Holder.

Not Obama. Holder. Nothing will ever tie back to Barry, but it will to Holder. That’s what is in the missing IRS emails.

So they need to wait until the megaton hits – IRS, Border, Benghazi, even 0Care – then you can conflate the lawsuit and the bombshell in the media storm.

To file now makes it too easy to dismiss in news reports and on TDS.

budfox on June 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Smoke and mirrors tears

wifarmboy on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

This is la Grande Orange we’re talking about.

Flange on June 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Who said it?

“In an Obama presidency, what you will see will be a sufficient respect for law and the coequal branches of government.”

Answer: Senator Barack Obama, 2007
http://youtu.be/mEU3S0V0oDI

Good Lt on June 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Just throwing some meat to the conservative beasts. After Thad Cochran’s victory lap in Mississippi, they need it. The lawsuit will be trumpeted up and then slowly derailed into oblivion.

Rix on June 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I think you’re right. It feels like pandering.

budfox on June 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Report: Boehner may announce that House is suing Obama for executive overreach as early as this week

More BS Kabuki theater from the Crybaby Boner. When the Executive breaks the law, tramples the Constitution, and generally makes a mockery of our Republic, the appropriate action is impeachment (and then criminal prosecution), not running to the douchebag judiciary (yeah … the one that called BarkyCare’s un-AMerican, un-Constitutional offensive mandate a tax/not a tax/a tax …).

The Weeping Boner is still being the Dog-Eater-colluding idiot he’s always been. Hey, Crybaby, GTFH dirtbag. Your kabuki fools no one but you and your Vichy buddies.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I don’t trust the leadership to get this done in a serious way that anticipates what the Democatrs and media will do before they do it and plans for that.

Put Trey Gowdy on it. Dude is the Truth. He’ll get it done.

Good Lt on June 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I wonder what changed.

eric cantor.

phatfawzi on June 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Democatrs

LOL

Good Lt on June 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM

“I tried to help you by protecting you from bad laws. Republicans wouldn’t let me.”

Which is why they should focus on the ObamaCare angle. How’s he going to say he was trying to protect us from a bad law when he was the one that signed it into law?

ButterflyDragon on June 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

IMPEACH. NOW!

Use the tools that the Constitution gives you. No need to wait on, or dump this on, the Courts. That’s a waste of time. In the words of the inestimable Andrew C. McCarthy…

Impeach them now, worry about prosecuting them later . . . and please stop whining as if you are powerless to do anything.

Mike from NC on June 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Squish

cmsinaz on June 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM

President Obama: ‘I’ve Got a Pen and a Phone’
********************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-DR9G-DLXk

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Theater. And not even good theater.

Meople on June 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Boehner is the political coward he has always been. Promising to take principled stands but never standing. Cave after cave, surrender after surrender… all with vows to do something more “next time.” Along with all the live to fight another day and not this hill crap that HA was famous for when they were attacking Ted Cruz last October.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Boehner will set this up in such a way as to ensure that it fails, he must otherwise the Whitehouse will leak his involvement in the IRS targeting of TEA Party groups. The Whitehouse owns Boehner and everyone knows it.

oscarwilde on June 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

You wanna go after Obama, Boehner? Have Lois Lerner arrested today. Then I’ll believe you’re sincere. Otherwise this is kabuki theater just like the Obamacare repeal votes.

Doughboy on June 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Not holding my breath ….

Whiterock on June 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Smoke and mirrors tears

wifarmboy on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

This is la Grande Orange we’re talking about.

Flange on June 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

…and it’s ‘choom’ smoke!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

June 24th, 2014
07:52 PM ET
8 hours ago
Boehner considering lawsuit against Obama over executive orders
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Republicans argue Obama is breaching his constitutional power by side-stepping the legislative process.

So far, the Republican-controlled House has passed two bills aimed at curbing executive orders by the President, neither of which have gone anywhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Obama has used executive actions as a way to bypass a deeply divided Congress, avoiding inaction on issues the White House has made hallmarks of the President’s second term agenda.
Steel did not give an indication of how soon Boehner would decide whether to bring the lawsuit against the President, or which actions he would challenge.

Congressional Republicans, fueled by anger from their grassroots supporters, also argued it was time to explore legal action when the President began saying in January that he had a “pen and a phone” and would take action on key priorities if Congress failed to move legislation.
(More…………………………)
====================================

http://politicalticker.blogs.*nn.com/2014/06/24/boehner-considering-lawsuit-against-obama-over-executive-orders/

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Report: Boehner may announce that House is suing Obama for executive overreach as early as this week
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If so,..its about Boinking time!!!!!!

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Ohio’s finest.

DanMan on June 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

No wonder Karl Rove was all upset/nervous last night, over Cochran.

He knows what they have done. They outed themselves for what I always say – the RINO/DIABLOs enable the D-rats, and are thus way worse for the Republic. Look at the Boehner antics: he waits on Benghazi too long, he does nothing on the IRS criminality, now he ‘sues’ obama, as a squirrel.

The Rs do NOT deserve to win in Nov.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

O’s going to go to voters and say, “I tried to help you by protecting you from bad laws. Republicans wouldn’t let me.” The GOP’s going to then turn around and say, “What he was doing was unconstitutional. Case closed.”

I think this could go a little differently. Yes, I think Obama will use that argument…but I think the counter-argument would be different: “Yes, he says he is trying to protect you from ‘bad laws’ but WHO was it that voted those laws into effect in the first place? It wasn’t Republicans…we tried to STOP those laws from ever being put into place. It was Obama and the Democrats that wrote AND passed those laws…knowing they were bad…and placing the burden of those ‘bad laws’ upon you, the voters.”

To me, this could be a dream argument for Republicans to make, especially in an election years when the cameras WILL be on them and will find a hard reason NOT to be. All they have to do if Obama makes this argument, especially about Obamacare, is that it was ALL the Democrats doing…no Republicans helped write it…no Republicans voted on it…and it is OBAMA that is trying to ‘fix’ a bad law…that HIS people wrote and HE approved of wholeheartedly.

Highlar on June 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

underwhelmed.

Shay on June 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Report: Boehner may announce that House is suing Obama for executive overreach as early as this week
=================================

If so,..its about Boinking time!!!!!!

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

More likely that Boehner will report that there is no lint in his bellybutton…

oscarwilde on June 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Still doesn’t mean a boinking thing.

Meople on June 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

You wanna go after Obama, Boehner? Have Lois Lerner arrested today. Then I’ll believe you’re sincere. Otherwise this is kabuki theater just like the Obamacare repeal votes.

Doughboy on June 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

With ya on this one. Merely CONSIDERING a lawsuit is just sticking your finger up to see which way the wind of approval is blowing. And if one or more is filed all we will get are delays in producing evidence, uncooperative witnesses in lengthy court sessions with attorneys blathering on, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

hawkeye54 on June 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

The dream and the nightmare

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Believe it when you see it.

formwiz on June 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM

I call bullshit.

Dominion on June 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM

O’s going to go to voters and say, “I tried to help you by protecting you from bad laws. Republicans wouldn’t let me.” The GOP’s going to then turn around and say, “What he was doing was unconstitutional. Case closed.”

I think this could go a little differently. Yes, I think Obama will use that argument…but I think the counter-argument would be different: “Yes, he says he is trying to protect you from ‘bad laws’ but WHO was it that voted those laws into effect in the first place? It wasn’t Republicans…we tried to STOP those laws from ever being put into place. It was Obama and the Democrats that wrote AND passed those laws…knowing they were bad…and placing the burden of those ‘bad laws’ upon you, the voters.”

To me, this could be a dream argument for Republicans to make, especially in an election years when the cameras WILL be on them and will find a hard reason NOT to be. All they have to do if Obama makes this argument, especially about Obamacare, is that it was ALL the Democrats doing…no Republicans helped write it…no Republicans voted on it…and it is OBAMA that is trying to ‘fix’ a bad law…that HIS people wrote and HE approved of wholeheartedly.

Highlar on June 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

That’ll be a fine argument after last night’s fiasco:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/381187/flier-got-thad-cochran-elected-john-fund

The mask is off of the bestial betrayers of the GOP-E de-elite, and the skull beneath the skin is visible.

ebrown2 on June 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Too Little, Too Late.

but that’s what happens when the supposed “opposition” party has the same big govt, corporate welfare, crony capitalist goals and lobbyist paymasters as the party in power.

its no longer republican vs democrat its govt vs freedom, the constitution and the people.

keep voting lesser of two evils and you keep voting for your own enslavement and destruction.

everybody who voted McDaniel in Mississippi needs to vote democrat in the general election, lets see if Cochran and the gop/rnc can rely on the demokkkrats they relied on in the runoff to see him elected in the general

Garyinaz66 on June 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM

The Rs do NOT deserve to win in Nov.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I have to say, the establishment is doing its best blow a significant opportunity. On purpose.

hawkeye54 on June 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I call bullshit.

Dominion on June 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM

You call it….I see it.

hawkeye54 on June 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

“The president has a clear record of ignoring the American people’s elected representatives and exceeding his constitutional authority, which has dangerous implications for both our system of government and our economy,” Steel said

Exceeding his constitutional authority, IMHO, is treason. That is betraying ones country. Suing isn’t enough. Impeachment is the answer.

sadatoni on June 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

No wonder Karl Rove was all upset/nervous last night, over Cochran.

He knows what they have done. They outed themselves for what I always say – the RINO/DIABLOs enable the D-rats, and are thus way worse for the Republic. Look at the Boehner antics: he waits on Benghazi too long, he does nothing on the IRS criminality, now he ‘sues’ obama, as a squirrel.

The Rs do NOT deserve to win in Nov.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Precisely. As long as the GOP is being run by people like Boehner, Hatch, McConnell, Grahamnesty, McLame and the rest, they will never get another boinking vote from me.

Meople on June 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Oh goody, the impeachment lunatics are here.

faraway on June 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

One of the darker trends of the Obama era has been the remorseless convergence of the Democrat ideologues and the punitive bureaucracy. – Mark Steyn

SCOTUS would have to make this finding to grant standing. They would have to recognize a politicized bureaucracy as a constitutional threat. I can see at least four votes against that one.

ShadrachSmith on June 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM

GOPe listen carefully. We are not fooled by your tactics.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Oh goody, the impeachment lunatics are here.

faraway on June 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Is this puppy piss weak insult suppose to scare people away from calling for Obama’s Impeachment?

oscarwilde on June 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

I do not see the third element

That Congress cannot administer political self-help by remedying the presidential action by simply repealing the law.

as a problem.

The law says, deport the illegal aliens. Obama says, “no, I’d rather not.” What can Congress do? Pass another law that says, “No, really, deport the illegal aliens.” He could just as easily ignore that second law too. This element should not be a problem when the President abuses prosecutorial discretion to the point of actually disregarding the law in a mass categorical way. Same thing with changing the deadline with Obamacare: “No, really, the individual mandate starts in 2014, not 2016″ is not a realistic self-help remedy.

tommylotto on June 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Benghazi…no big deal.

IRS…whatever.

Obamacare…hey, it’s the law of the land. What am I gonna do about that?

But, man, you DO NOT mess with a RINO’s power unless you wanna face the wrath!!!

What a joke. If the man is unconstitutionally usurping the power of Congress, then the Constitution prescribes a remedy. And it ain’t some flippin’ lawsuit.

yaedon on June 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Since we’re no longer a nation governed by the rule of law, we might as well make it painfully obvious.

The Republic is dead.

Closet Optimist on June 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

“May” announce? When, after a few focus groups get their results back to you?

What does it take, exactly, to hold a preznit accountable for criminality?

Lerner illegally gave the FBI 1.2 million documents on American taxpayers, citizens of this nation, that is indisputable, why isn’t she under full indictment right now?

Bishop on June 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

John Boehner
1m
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he plans to file a lawsuit against the White House for use of executive actions – @frankthorpNBC

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 28m

Asked if he plans to file a lawsuit against the Obama Admin for his use of exec actions, @SpeakerBoehner says “I am.”

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 1h

Pelosi on possible Boehner suit against WH for exec orders: “I make of it as subterfuge”

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canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 37s

Boehner on Obama admin exec. action lawsuit: “This is not about impeachment, this is about his faithfully executing the laws of our country”

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Great, but in the meantime can you guys just kill Obamacare right now? Bring up a bill suspending Obamacare until the IRS emails are found. The IRS is corrupt and they cannot enforce Obamacare. Americans will support this and it gives democrats a chance to distance themselves from Obama.

monalisa on June 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Oh goody, the impeachment lunatics are here.

faraway on June 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

If you disagree with impeachment of this president on a political basis, then make that argument. I understand perfectly well that it would be a media nightmare for the GOP because the good ole boy media is in Obama’s hip pocket. I understand that the Senate would not take up the issue, and even if they did they wouldn’t remove him from office. I get all that. Feel free to make that argument.

But do you at least agree that this president has committed impeachable offenses?

yaedon on June 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM

That is a good article, Schad. Thanks for linking it. We have some Repubs who display the same attitude towards the electorate that the author described Liberals as possessing.

All I see in Boehner’s behavior at this point is an effort to “rally the base” and to try to herd Conservatives back into the Republican fold before the midterms.

He could prove me wrong, I guess, but I’m not counting on that happening.

lineholder on June 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Smoke and mirrors

wifarmboy on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I’ve also gotten to the point where that’s my first reaction on anything our politicians do. Even Trey Gowdy’s grilling of the IRS commissioner the other day, as rhetorically satisfying as it was, has not resulted in anything concrete. They’ve been investigating for a couple years now, still nothing. So the House authorizes a lawsuit …so what? Are they going to follow through? Are they going to force him to enforce immigration law at the same time that they’re passing amnesty? Seems kind of absurd.

Congress could, in theory, undo all of Obama’s executive orders by overriding them with a two-thirds veto-proof vote of both chambers. The fact that there’s no chance of that happening because the Senate is controlled by Democrats might be cited by courts as proof that this is really a political question, something to be settled by voters rather than by judges.

The House does not need the Senate, nor a 2/3 majority to defund any government program.

Fenris on June 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Will Weasel Boehner announce it while out on the links with O’Barky?

viking01 on June 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Oh goody, the impeachment lunatics are here.

faraway on June 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Faraway, I suspect you know that I pride myself on having avoided all this impeachment nonsense, and that I think that impeachment is political suicide for the GOP.

That said, I expect the courts to say exactly what some of the “impeachment lunatics” are saying: If John Boehner or any member of Congress wants to remedy an out-of-control executive, the Constitution provides a black-letter remedy, and that remedy is impeachment.

Now, I repeat for effect: We are not going to impeach Obama. The GOP overplayed its hand in 1998, and as a result, took impeachment of a Democratic POTUS off the table for a generation. And Obama is behaving accordingly. The best we can do is take Congress, and zero out the budget of offending agencies…

JohnGalt23 on June 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

THIS FRIGGIN’ INFURIATES ME!

Boehner might as well go ahead and hang a huge sign around his neck that declares ‘I AM A GIANT PU$$ WHO HAS BETRAYED HIS OATH OF OFFICE!’

I am 99.9% POSITIVE that the ‘Checks and Balances’ created by this nation’s Founding Fathers did not include the Speaker of the House SUING the President for BREAKING THE LAW! I am quite CERTAIN that betraying one’s oath of office while violating both Constituion and Rule of Law is covered under IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES! The problem, though, is neither Boehner nor any of his GOP colleagues have had the testicular fortitude, not to mention the integrity/morals, to loyaly carry out their own oaths of office, to protect and defend the Constitution & Rule of Law, by drafting Articles Of Impeachment.

Obama immediately violated his oath of office and sacred trust immediately upon being elected by declaring his administration would REFUSE to enfore the Defense of Marriage Act – a LAW in the United States; thereby signaling he would NOT recognize, adhere to, or enforce all aspects of the Constitution & Rule of Law. The GOP IMMEDIATELY caved, doing NOTHING. That was the green light for Obama to do whatever the h#ll he wants!

6 years later we have a President who:
Armed Mexican Drug Cartels & Syrian Islamic Extremists
Helped terrorists take over Libya, Egypt, and now Iraq
Is spying on Americans / Spied on the AP
Used the IRS to target Americans to manipulate/win his re-election
Abandoned the 1st Ambassador to be killed in over 30 years
– LIED About it
Made excuses for a domestic terrorist, claiming his attack was a case of ‘workplace violence’
Just let 5 top terrorist leaders go free because he could not get his way & have GITMO closed
His secret Death Panels & Waiting lists are responsible for 1,000 dead veterans
He is not only ignoring Immigration Laws but is actively participating in Human Trafficking to bring illegals by the thousands into America, causing a Humanitarian Crisis while doing so.
Is currenly involved in no less than 4 Scandals / cover-ups

And this useless, worthless, spineless, self-serving, Washington Establishment Republican refuses to DO HIS JOB and adhere to his SWORN OATH, refuses to utilize the very power, authority, and tools the Founding Fathers created to prevent a tyrannical dictator-wanna-be from dowing what he is doing – IMPEACHMENT – because he thinks it might get him removed from his position as Speaker and possibly get voted out. Boehner’s personal position/power/wealth is more important than the United States and the job with which he was entrusted.

Declaring he is going to ‘SUE’ the President instead of appropriately and deservedly IMPEACH this ‘domestic enemy of the state’ is Boehner’s declaration that he does not have the courage, integrity, or honor to carry out the duties and sworn responsiblities of the Speaker of the House. IMPEACHMENT, if called upon to do so and deserved – whch Obama’s most certainy IS – is one of those responsibilities Boehner has foresaken. He would rather ‘sue’ – while more cowardly, ‘it might not anger people enough to want him voted out’. NOT!

easyt65 on June 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Like I said when I wrote about this in January, they’re essentially betting that there’s enough of a civic reservoir among the public that Republicans won’t be punished if they win this suit and Obama is forced to cancel his executive DREAM amnesty or to apply the nastier provisions of ObamaCare that he’s suspended so far.

Maybe this is a back way toward ensuring that, if Articles of Impeachment are brought to the Senate, the Dems will do their duty and vote to remove zero from office? I mean that, IF Boehner is successful and wins this suit in court, the Dems will have no choice BUT to remove zero?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Smoke and mirrors

wifarmboy on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Yeah this is nothing but theater and drama for those dumb enough to get sucked in by it.

dogsoldier on June 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Oh goody, the impeachment lunatics are here.
faraway on June 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Care to elucidate, my dear Watson?

Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached for lesser offenses; Nixon resigned over lesser offenses.

WHYINELL should zero NOT be impeached?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

More kabuki.

Midas on June 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Yeah this is nothing but theater and drama for those dumb enough to get sucked in by it.

dogsoldier on June 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

YEP! So true and so sad.

Meople on June 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Care to elucidate, my dear Watson?

Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached for lesser offenses; Nixon resigned over lesser offenses.

WHYINELL should zero NOT be impeached?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Because he’s the first half black Preezy of the United Steezy. Simple as that.

Meople on June 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

This lawsuit brought to you by The Party of No(tm). /msm

KS Rex on June 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

easyt65 on June 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I agree Bonehead must impeach the lunatic. But he won’t. They are scared to death of the racial unrest that might ensue.

Although if Zero shows himself to be much more of a crook, they won’t much to worry about, because the unrest that will spawn will be larger than they can imagine.

Bonehead is playing with matches in a powder magazine.

dogsoldier on June 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

This lawsuit brought to you by The Party of No(tm). /msm

KS Rex on June 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Um nope, this is King Putt KABUKI!!

dogsoldier on June 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Shiny objects brought to you by Boehner as a distraction from Rhinocrats’ other mischief. This goes no where in the courts. Watch for immigration reform coming real soon.

cthemfly on June 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Because he’s the first half black Preezy of the United Steezy. Simple as that.
Meople on June 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

So…because of his skin colour, zero has the RIGHT to trample our laws and Constitution?? SERIOUSLY??

I expected a better answer than that from you, Meople.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Meople on June 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM

It is sad. The RINOs are stunningly short sighted.

dogsoldier on June 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Care to elucidate, my dear Watson?

Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached for lesser offenses; Nixon resigned over lesser offenses.

WHYINELL should zero NOT be impeached?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I’ll butt in and elucidate. Obama should be impeached, but this is the rare time I’ll agree with our politicians that it’s political suicide.

Instead, they should impeach Lois Lerner for political targeting by the IRS, and Eric Holder for Fast & Furious et al, and Koskinen for destroying subpoenaed evidence et al, and etc.

Fenris on June 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

It’s because of his skin color Bonehead will not impeach him. Bonehead is stupid and cowardly.

dogsoldier on June 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

More likely that Boehner will report that there is no lint in his bellybutton…

oscarwilde on June 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM

oscarwilde:D*mmitts, I’ll be awaiting it on Twit-ter:0

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I’ll butt in and elucidate. Obama should be impeached, but this is the rare time I’ll agree with our politicians that it’s political suicide.
Instead, they should impeach Lois Lerner for political targeting by the IRS, and Eric Holder for Fast & Furious et al, and Koskinen for destroying subpoenaed evidence et al, and etc.
Fenris on June 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Thank you for your response, Fenris.

I’m not understanding the “political suicide” angle. Do you mean for Republicans in the House for voting to convict via the AofI or for the Democrats in the Senate for failing to vote for removal?

Lois Lerner is now retired, so civil charges should be brought against her. And yes, WitHolder and Koskinen should both be impeached.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 25, 2014 at 12:43 PM

More Kabuki theater. Does anyone honestly expect Boehner to stand up to Obama?

bw222 on June 25, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Damned if he doesn’t, Damned if he does.

V7_Sport on June 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Impeachment would be more effective PR than suing. Impeachment would be a venue for the House to lay out all the dictatorial and treasonous acts of King Hussein of Hyde Park directly with the American public. Suing is typically seen by the public as weaselly and cowardly, and in this case, it’s toothless.

sauldalinsky on June 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Does anyone think Obama really cares?

The only way to get this idiot to stop violating the Rule of Law is to dig-up enough dirt on the IRS or other scandal and force him to resign. Otherwise, I agree with others here – pure theatre – and a complete waste of time.

And I don’t think this move by Boehner will “galvanize” the GOP ahead of the November elections after what transpired last nite. Clearly the GOP Establishment went out of it’s way to defeat McDaniel, and that sort of thing won’t get Conservatives to the polls no matter what Boehner thinks he can do with this “lawsuit”.

Pelosi Schmelosi on June 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM

sturm and und drang

Allah, if you are going to be using such abstruse phrases, please at least spell them correctly.

NOMOBO on June 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Thank you for your response, Fenris.

I’m not understanding the “political suicide” angle. Do you mean for Republicans in the House for voting to convict via the AofI or for the Democrats in the Senate for failing to vote for removal?

Lois Lerner is now retired, so civil charges should be brought against her. And yes, WitHolder and Koskinen should both be impeached.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 25, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I didn’t think it would be politically bad to impeach Clinton either, but it was, it’s just the way things work. Maybe being black would be a factor too, but I’m not even counting that. It’s sort of a watershed principle, once public opinion tips one way, then the masses don’t want to admit they’re wrong. And without the constant drumbeat from the press saying Obama is evil, people will rally around him. And as stupid as it sounds, lots of people like Obama, even though increasingly they don’t think he can handle the job.

Fenris on June 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

The Constitution gives the House an explicit remedy for this situation: impeachment. For one branch of government to beg a second branch of government to reign in a third branch of government is ludicrous and unconstitutional. Don’t sue him, impeach him.

“But the Senate won’t vote to convict him.”

Yeah, so what? No court in the country is going to actually stop Obama from his lawlessness either. We all know this is for the PR value. So at least do it the constitutional way.

Shump on June 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Can’t go around the Senate and can’t go around the House. That’s the way it works. This seems like it makes taking the Senate pretty important… unless of course cleansing those rascally RINOs is so much more important, in which case, STFU about “standing up” to Obama.

rhombus on June 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Fenris on June 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Sadly, you nailed it.

rhombus on June 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

So…because of his skin colour, zero has the RIGHT to trample our laws and Constitution?? SERIOUSLY??

I expected a better answer than that from you, Meople.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

It’s not about my answer, that’s the TRUTH. That’s the REALITY. Seriously, you haven’t heard/read the answers from (R) House members when they’ve been asked that same question?

They ALL talk about how impeachment will go no where because of the (R) fears they’ll be called racists for even attempting it.

Surely you’re not THAT naive as to not have known that!

Meople on June 25, 2014 at 1:04 PM

The Associated Press @AP · 1m

House Speaker John Boehner plans to file a lawsuit accusing President Obama of failing to carry out laws: http://apne.ws/1lpCMiT
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Boehner says he plans to sue Obama
Jun. 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner says he intends to file a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress.

The suit would be filed on behalf of the Republican-controlled House.

Boehner provided no details of the claims to be made in the suit. He privately briefed members of his rank and file on his plans on Tuesday.

Republicans have long accused Obama of selectively enforcing the health care law that bears his name, and doing the same with immigration legislation long on the books.

At his weekly news conference, the speaker said the Constitution makes it clear the president’s job is to faithfully execute the law.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/boehner-says-he-plans-sue-obama

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Like I said when I wrote about this in January, they’re essentially betting that there’s enough of a civic reservoir among the public that Republicans won’t be punished if they win this suit and Obama is forced to cancel his executive DREAM amnesty or to apply the nastier provisions of ObamaCare that he’s suspended so far.

As if cancelling DREAM is the only solution. GOP could propose to expedite citizenship for all those in the legal immigration line AS A REWARD FOR DOING FOLLOWING THE LAW. That shifts the focus off them and shows how they are helping promote lawful immigration reform, which is what they should be doing instead of participating in Obama’s daily and ever-changing reality show immigration circus.

HopeHeFails on June 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

How about impeaching you idiot…do your f’ing job for once…

PatriotRider on June 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

dogsoldier on June 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Yes, sadly this is all theatrics. Boehner knows the majority of Americans have no faith in Obama, are tired of his criminal / Un-Constitutional cr@p and are abour rabid for the self-serving Washington Establishment to do anything but protect their own jobs, so Boehner is throwing them a useless PR bone. He might as well take out a billboard saying ‘Shame on You’ – it would be just as effective and heart-felt.

easyt65 on June 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Damned if he doesn’t, Damned if he does.

V7_Sport on June 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

After 4 years of fecklessly evil cowardice, that sounds very fair.

ebrown2 on June 25, 2014 at 1:22 PM

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