Fox host savages Michele Bachmann over impotent lawsuit against Obama

posted at 9:21 am on June 26, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Fox News Channel host Neil Cavuto vented his frustrations with the House Republican conference on Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Tuesday. While it may have been unfair to focus his ire entirely on Bachman, Cavuto had a point. He insisted that a plan to sue the Obama administration over their profligate use of executive orders, and Bachmann’s insistence that the House should defund the executive branch, were both feeble and laughable.

In this interview which went completely off the rails, Cavuto said that this lawsuit was an “enormous waste of effort,” and where her “rage” was when Democrats — including President Barack Obama — criticized the Bush administration over their use of executive orders.

“Because I think you knew then that was a waste of time then. I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now,” Cavuto observed. “By the way, Rome’s burning.”

He added that Republicans did not take Democrats threats to defund the executive during the Bush administration, and the same impotent threat is today being made by Republicans. “I think Democrats will be in their right mind to laugh you out now,” he said.

Cavuto seems to be dismissing the planned lawsuit as a political stunt, which is interesting considering Democrats have been doing that for some time. White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest said the GOP was suing Obama simply for “for doing his job.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the suit “subterfuge.”

A report in Politico details the staggeringly high price establishment Republicans are paying in both treasure and intraparty comity in order to put down the insurgent conservative candidacies they largely accommodated in 2010 and 2012. The stakes are too high, establishment GOP figures wager, to allow novices to take the reins and sacrifice winnable races ahead of what may be the last, best opportunity to recapture the Senate.

NBC’s First Read team notes that House Speaker John Boehner’s Lawsuit is a political calculation as much as it is an attempt to exert congressional authority. “In a midterm year, headlines like ‘Republicans to Sue Obama’ serve to prove to the GOP base that party leaders in Washington are prepared to throw the kitchen sink at an unpopular president,” they wrote.

Judging by Cavuto’s reaction, conservatives may not be satisfied with mere empty gestures from the Republican leadership.


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Neil Cavuto is part of Teh Establishment.

Wait…

PBH on June 26, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Believe all this when you see it.

Right now, the Rs must be getting it through their heads that, between Cantor and Cochran (who lost, regardless of who has the nomination), their chances of taking the Senate are in more trouble now than ever.

Thus, the lawsuit.

formwiz on June 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

The stakes are too high, establishment GOP figures wager, to allow novices to take the reins and sacrifice winnable races ahead of what may be the last, best opportunity to recapture the Senate.

Yet after this enormous expense, they are willing to sacrifice the opportunity with a suicidal dalliance with immigration reform before the election. There is no possible upside in 2014, just introducing the measure will do almost as much damage as it passing. The argument that amnesty will bring future Latinos into the Republican tent is obviated by “last, best opportunity”.

deadman on June 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Strangely, the Chamber of Commerce spent millions to win primaries which will likely be lost in the general if they get there deepest desire of an Amnesty vote in August.

deadman on June 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I believe Barack Obama hates the U.S. in general, and Christianity in particular, but he’s an exception.

listens2glenn on June 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Well if you believe that, you can believe anything.
But as I often say to the atheists who mock believers, it’s called faith…it doesn’t need to be proven.

verbaluce on June 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Republicans don’t have the will to do something real about the criminals who have usurped our government. That would require courage of convictions, that few of them have and the hearts of warriors, neither of which are inherent in American politicians. Their political careers are just that: careers. They didn’t run for office to serve the country or its people, they ran as a career move. With the exception of a mere handful whose names we all know, none of them signed on for a life or death battle for our freedom, they signed on for personal power, fame and wealth. They’re simply not equipped psychologically to go to war for the Americans they’re supposed to be representing. We are on our own, people.

blackgriffin on June 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Who’s really savaged is the land, more so from the Rs, who enable obama and the D-rats.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

There’s some heavy thinking going on in here, again.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

This lawsuit is a non starter so what is the establishment agenda. First look at the timing of this “suit” after the Cochran nastiness. it’s meant to be red meat phone solicitation BS. It is a silly reapproacment to conservatives…..and in the end it goes no where. It’s nothing more than the Obama equivalent of the shiny object tactic—look at the shiny object while the establishment screws you on electoral preferences, or immigration, or …

cthemfly on June 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Ed has it up just now. Recess appointments.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Ah, I see. Yes, excellent decision.

I thought the Hobby Lobby decision was coming as well. But we have to wait until Monday for that.

22044 on June 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Andy McCarthy said basically the same thing last night. The House needs to start impeaching lower level members of this admin, starting with Eric Holder and defund this entire administration.

jawkneemusic on June 26, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Judging by Cavuto’s reaction, conservatives may not be satisfied with mere empty gestures from the Republican leadership.

May not be? I know I’m not.

gryphon202 on June 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Pander pander pander pander pander pander.

And now let’s pander some more!

Pander pander pander pander pander pander pander pander pander pander.

Pander pander pander pander pander pander pander!

gryphon202 on June 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Cavuto’s one of the few on Fox News that hasn’t annoyed me yet.

We have seen a steady increase in executive power over the last century.

Why would the Republican establishment want to curtail that power? They really don’t. If they were successful now, then down the line when one of theirs gets elected to the White House, then that president will have curtailed executive powers as well. And that’s bad for business-theirs of course.

It only makes same if you think of them as being all on the same team-different line ups, different strings, different farm teams-they shift positions and captains and have different MVPs over the years…but ultimately, it’s the same team and it’s the same sport.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 26, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Andy McCarthy said basically the same thing last night. The House needs to start impeaching lower level members of this admin, starting with Eric Holder and defund this entire administration.
jawkneemusic on June 26, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Yes, exactly. These were some points MB was trying to make but Cavuto, in his panicked state, talked over her and cut her off. There’s more than one option available to rein in Obama, if the Reps in Congress has the nuggets to do them.

whatcat on June 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Judging by Cavuto’s reaction, conservatives may not be satisfied with mere empty gestures from the Republican leadership.

…what happened in Mississippi…did it for me!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 26, 2014 at 1:36 PM

I don’t understand some of the anti-Bachmann comments here. She’s obviously right–and focused–and Cavuto is obviously being a jerk. Just do something? They said the same things about Bush so how can you say them about Obama? These are serious arguments? Bachmann is saying that the separation of powers must be defended, and abuses of power contested. Cavuto may not think that is as serious as–well, what, exactly?–but that hardly makes him thoughtful or conservative.

prospero on June 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Wow. I used to love Michele. What went wrong?

22044 on June 26, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Where is she wrong? She’s been fighting this the entire time, unlike Boehner who would rather mock and fight Conservatives than mock and fight Democrats.

What is your solution? To vote for the Thad Cochran types or the John McCain types or the Kevin McCarthy types? They sure do an amazing job savaging Conservatives, but not so much on the real enemy of the nation.

What is Cavuto’s solution? Just like everyone else, it’s more talk than action. When was the last time Neil savaged a Democrat like he did Bachmann?

CommieJuice on June 26, 2014 at 2:31 PM

“In a midterm year, headlines like ‘Republicans to Sue Obama’ serve to prove to the GOP base that party leaders in Washington are prepared to throw the kitchen sink at an unpopular president,” they wrote.

LOL, then they’re still not paying attention to the base, who largely agrees with Cavuto – this is fairly f*cking stupid. “Headlines like ‘Republicans to Sue Obama’ don’t *prove* a damn thing to the base, other than that the GOPe has it’s head up it’s arse, thinks they can continue to declare war on us, promise to destroy us, pull out every dirty Democrat trick in the book (against *US*, not the Democrats, by the way) – and still think they can throw us a fake cookie and we’ll still vote for them.

Midas on June 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

The fact of the matter is that the beltway Republicans have succeeded in doing the impossible: They have lost their base, and along with that, the Senate.

The B.S. that happened in Mississippi on Tuesday was the coup de grace
in my view. When you collude with liberal democrats in the effort to piss in your constituents eyes, you should expect nothing less.

Not only will Thad Cochran be defeated in November, the other ‘up for grabs’ seats will go to the democRATs. The repubs can go the way of the Whigs, and good riddance. I’ll only pull the lever for a true conservative. And I really don’t care anymore anyway.

bimmcorp on June 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Cavuto is a Wall Street whore anyways.

Faramir on June 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

22044 on June 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

No, maybe tomorrow. If I understand correctly the cases are sent out based on who wrote the opinions, meaning the last opinions are probably written by Chief Justice Roberts. In the olden days I might have thought that looked really good for Hobby Lobby and bad for the unions but you don’t know what he will decide to do after calling Obamacare a tax.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM

No, maybe tomorrow. If I understand correctly the cases are sent out based on who wrote the opinions, meaning the last opinions are probably written by Chief Justice Roberts. In the olden days I might have thought that looked really good for Hobby Lobby and bad for the unions but you don’t know what he will decide to do after calling Obamacare a tax.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM

You think Roberts will rewrite the piece-of-crap Obamacare so that religious institutions can be forced to discard their beliefs and not be unconstitutional?

slickwillie2001 on June 26, 2014 at 5:11 PM

It would have been nice to hear her explain the lawsuit strategy rather than listen to the blowhard.

cimbri on June 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Hahaha! The Rs (neocons) are now seeing that there is no difference in Obama, Bush, et al.

air_up_there on June 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM

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