Why aren’t Boehner and the House suing Obama over immigration?

posted at 1:21 pm on July 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

A little addendum to MKH’s post last night noting that the House’s big separation-of-powers lawsuit will focus on ObamaCare’s employer mandate, not O’s immigration policies. Immigration was what inspired Palin to write her impeachment op-ed; it’s certainly a livelier issue at the moment than O-Care is. Why skip it?

You already know part of the answer. Like I said Wednesday, it would be weird for Boehner to have spent 18 months calling for comprehensive reform in the name of impressing Latinos, only to turn around and sue O for using his executive power to give DREAMers a break on deportation. I thought there was still a chance that immigration would end up in the suit, maybe because the border crisis had forced Boehner’s hand politically or maybe because Boehner was worried about O’s next executive amnesty and wanted to try to preempt it in court, but the politics of suing over immigration were going to be dicey no matter what. No surprise that he chose in the end to skip it, especially at a moment when even Republicans like John McCain are risking a Latino backlash by demanding more enforcement.

But there are other reasons too. For starters, Boehner may be betting that the border crisis will quiet down before fall and ObamaCare will reemerge as a key election issue, especially when the 2015 premiums are released. If he’s right, a lawsuit based on the employer mandate will be more salient than one based on immigration. If he wins and the mandate is forced to take effect, no biggie: There’s almost certainly a consensus in Congress at this point to repeal it. Beyond that, though, my sense is that he’s got a stronger case in attacking the mandate than he does attacking DACA, Obama’s 2012 amnesty for DREAMers. The latter can, kinda sorta, be defended as an act by the executive to prioritize among removal cases for a system that’s heavily backlogged. We need to take kids off the list, he’ll say, because America’s deportation machinery simply can’t cope. By contrast, there’s really no logistical excuse for not enforcing the mandate. The law is unambiguous. Obama’s clearly in violation. His argument will be that the executive needs a little leeway when a new program is being implemented, but that’s a hard argument to make given that his party wrote the law and he signed it. If he wanted some leeway, he should have added it to the bill.

So Boehner’s playing his strongest hand. And that’s very important in this case because, as Mark Levin rightly argued the other day, the stakes of losing are potentially high. If a federal judge throws this suit out, Obama will spin it as legal vindication for his executive power grabs, which of course means more power grabs. Meanwhile, Boehner will have no options left except cutting off funding for government projects, which risks a small, ephemeral backlash a la the aftermath of last year’s shutdown, or impeachment, which risks a much nastier backlash. If it turns out that the suit ends up languishing in court for the rest of O’s term and never ends up being resolved, Boehner can probably live with that. He’ll tell righties that he showed his good faith by bringing the suit in the first place, now leave him alone. He can’t live with losing, though. That’ll leave him in a spot.

Exit question one: As Byron York said on Twitter last night, it’s a little … odd that the GOP, which has voted to repeal ObamaCare 50 times or so already, is now suing Obama to enforce it, huh? Expect Democrats to have fun with that. Exit question two: What if the suit’s languishing next year and O finally follows through on that mass amnesty he’s planning? Does Boehner amend the suit to include immigration at that point? Does he cut off funding for something? Or does he dare not do any of that, given that the GOP’s presidential field will be nervous about how Latinos will react?


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You see Boehner talking about the border crisis, blurting out “this is a problem of the president’s own making… etc etc!!”

The problem for Boehner is that it is a problem also of Boehner’s own making. When Boehner waltzed up to the microphone and said he’s for the children’s dream act and for his version of amnesty Boehner was as guilty as Obama. And when Boehner railed against anti-amnesty conservatives the message was sent to all quarters that both Republicans and Democrats are for amnesty, and this crisis was born. Boehner must go.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/04/25/boehner_mocks_conservative_colleagues_on_immigration.html

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Why aren’t Boehner and the House suing Obama over immigration?

… because Boehner wants amnesty as much as Preznit Pantload.

tominsd on July 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Because the COC has them by the short and curlies?

CurtZHP on July 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Why is Boner wasting time with a lawsuit to begin with?

Meanwhile…

“Adult illegal immigrants posing as unaccompanied alien children appear to be attempting to enroll at public high schools, city officials in Lynn, Mass., tell National Review Online.

Some of them have had gray hair and they’re telling you that they’re 17 years old and they have no documentation,” Jamie Cerulli, the Lynn mayor’s chief of staff, tells NRO”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/382483/adult-illegal-immigrants-posing-children-enroll-high-school-ryan-lovelace

xblade on July 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I also agree with Mr Mark Levin that Republicans are absolutely brain dead with choosing their majority leaders and have picked two who couldn’t possibly be attractive to anyone but the fat cats and pigs at the trough.

Marcus on July 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Boehner is helping obama stage his invasion.

Pork-Chop on July 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Welcome to CYA Theater.

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Exit question one: As Byron York said on Twitter last night, it’s a little … odd that the GOP, which has voted to repeal ObamaCare 50 times or so already, is now suing Obama to enforce it, huh? Expect Democrats to have fun with that.

That can easily be turned on the Dems by asking them why they don’t want their pet law implemented and enforced in full.

Bitter Clinger on July 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

If Obama wanted amnesty so badly, then why was it not done during his first two years in office when the dems had the House and Senate? Wouldn’t that have locked up the hispanic vote like so many have claimed? I don’t get it.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Because Boehner & the VichyGOP are just as guilty on how screwed up the borders are.

I’m sure they wouldn’t want THAT brought out in court.

portlandon on July 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Meanwhile…

“Adult illegal immigrants posing as unaccompanied alien children appear to be attempting to enroll at public high schools, city officials in Lynn, Mass., tell National Review Online.

Some of them have had gray hair and they’re telling you that they’re 17 years old and they have no documentation,” Jamie Cerulli, the Lynn mayor’s chief of staff, tells NRO”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/382483/adult-illegal-immigrants-posing-children-enroll-high-school-ryan-lovelace

xblade on July 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

They’re 17 in Latino years.

Bitter Clinger on July 11, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Because they’re in on the amnesty and usurpation of the borders deal.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

If Obama wanted amnesty so badly, then why was it not done during his first two years in office when the dems had the House and Senate? Wouldn’t that have locked up the hispanic vote like so many have claimed? I don’t get it.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

And yet it didn’t end up hurting him at the polls in 2012. Now he can use it as a political club on the GOP. He knew it work out that way.

Bitter Clinger on July 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Why is Boner wasting time with a lawsuit to begin with?

Meanwhile…

“Adult illegal immigrants posing as unaccompanied alien children appear to be attempting to enroll at public high schools, city officials in Lynn, Mass., tell National Review Online.

Some of them have had gray hair and they’re telling you that they’re 17 years old and they have no documentation,” Jamie Cerulli, the Lynn mayor’s chief of staff, tells NRO”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/382483/adult-illegal-immigrants-posing-children-enroll-high-school-ryan-lovelace

xblade on July 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Yup. We’re going to be on the hook for remedial education, English classes, high school education, and college too. In addition to all the free medical care these folks will use.

will77jeff on July 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Play this and sent it to all you know.

Blacks and other legal minorities, wake up already.

obama and Boner hate you.

Cantorize all of them!!!

“Money doesn’t vote but people do” — Dave Brat

All the shills, incl. those here, hate you and your kids’ future. They only care about their own pockets.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

If Obama wanted amnesty so badly, then why was it not done during his first two years in office when the dems had the House and Senate? Wouldn’t that have locked up the hispanic vote like so many have claimed? I don’t get it.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Existing illegals are in blue counties.

Obama will be busing hundreds of thousands to red counties over the next 12-15 months.

Then, he will declare blanket amnesty.

2016 profit!

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Why aren’t Boehner and the House suing Obama over immigration?

Especially when the usurpers, whom now even the R-dummies call “refugees” will all go on obama’care’.

Work harder, fools!!!

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

If Obama wanted amnesty so badly, then why was it not done during his first two years in office when the dems had the House and Senate? Wouldn’t that have locked up the hispanic vote like so many have claimed? I don’t get it.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

This way he gets more chaos, he gets more illegals in the country before the amnesty, and he creates such an outcry that at least some GOP will jump in and help make it a bipartisan amnesty. Back in his first two years, he could overload the system only so much. He had to feed the constituencies with the free money Stimulus, he needed to get the financial folks under heel with Dodd-Frank and administration of TARP, and he needed to ram throw Obamacare, which almost didn’t pass. At the same time, he was laying the groundwork to undermine the energy industry.

In the end, those first two years were about industries (financial, healthcare, energy, and unions). Since then, it’s a continuation plus working on one-party rule.

BuckeyeSam on July 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

It makes little difference. Boehner and McConnell have effectively destroyed the Republican Party. I’m predicting there will never be another Republican President.

huckleberryfriend on July 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Thank you Rubio, McCain and Flake. I hope you all burn in Hell, in the highest layer, along with all the amnesty and DREAM shills, obama at the top of you, treasonous hacks.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

If Obama wanted amnesty so badly, then why was it not done during his first two years in office when the dems had the House and Senate? Wouldn’t that have locked up the hispanic vote like so many have claimed? I don’t get it.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Despite the super-majorities, despite Hope & Change, Dingy Harry, and Crazy Nan, they didn’t have the votes for amnesty or cap and trade (another major push from the progressives).

Think back to how the ACA was passed…

…it needed reconciliation in order to bypass a Senate cloture vote and move forward on just a simple majority – and in the House, a number of pro-life Democrats had to sell out their principles for lies from Pelosi (Stupak and crowd) in order to provide the winning margin.

The MSM is loath to talk about it, but the first two years of Obama’s Presidency, when it comes to Congress, was far from the success that we are led to believe it was….particularly once Scott Brown’s election ended the 60 Democrat votes in the Senate.

Athos on July 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

terryannonline, you hussie, come out and defend your Rubio and all the Land of Men.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

They’re 17 in Latino years.

Bitter Clinger

Ahhh, I see. :)

In other news:

TSA Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Verifiable ID, Says Border Patrol Union

xblade on July 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

In Nov. all who vote for the 3.7 billion, Cantorized!!!

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

In addition to all the free medical care these folks will use.

will77jeff on July 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Perhaps that will be the final straw that breaks the proverbial back of the stupid camel. Given their pathetic compensation rates, I never understood healthcare system’s addiction to Medicare and Medicaid that ties it to EMTALA. Any hospital that doesn’t accept governmental coverage is free to turn away patients unable to pay for themselves, whether they are dyibng or not. Charity cases can still be taken, but only as long as charity funds cover them.

Rix on July 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Why aren’t Boehner and the House suing Obama over immigration?
posted at 1:21 pm on July 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

Or why not the other way around?
Why can’t everyone be un-serious and waste time with pointless political theater?
Why can’t we waste more time?
Why can’t we just ask pointless rhetorical questions?
When will John Boehner take responsibility for something?

verbaluce on July 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

terryannonline, you hussie, come out and defend your Rubio and all the Land of Men.

Schadenfreude

Did you get her permission before posting her name? Apparently you can get banned if you didn’t.

xblade on July 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Ad Offers Up To $6000/Month Tax Free For People To House Illegal Alien “Children” In Their Homes

Resist We Much on July 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

You see this, and other signs that this “crisis” has been orchestrated by the Obama administration, to expedite the process of fundamentally transforming the old USA.

Obama’s thinking was that this would serve as a cudgel to push for amnesty (instead of having the opposite effect). Most importantly, this flooding of the country with illegals is meant to continue indefinitely until by the time amnesty is granted the numbers of illegals will be staggering, and in every city. So the Dems in coalition with the Hispanic immigrants will control politics, and demand a freely open border with instant or dual citizenships for all that want it. Yes, it will be the end of this country as we know it, and we will be socialist and the powers that be will demand full redistributions of wealth and resources to the new immigrants.

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Did you get her permission before posting her name? Apparently you can get banned if you didn’t.

xblade on July 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Heh

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Or why not the other way around?
Why can’t everyone be un-serious and waste time with pointless political theater?
Why can’t we waste more time?
Why can’t we just ask pointless rhetorical questions?
When will John Boehner obama take responsibility for something?

verbaluce on July 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Your brain is lighter than a dove feather.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Exit question one: As Byron York said on Twitter last night, it’s a little … odd that the GOP, which has voted to repeal ObamaCare 50 times or so already, is now suing Obama to enforce it, huh? Expect Democrats to have fun with that.

That can easily be turned on the Dems by asking them why they don’t want their pet law implemented and enforced in full.

Bitter Clinger on July 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

100% true.

Moreover, Byron York should know better, as that is a lazy analysis on his part. Yes, the Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare (as well they should have). But, the lawsuit is intended to restrain the President to his Constitutional powers, not to champion or validate the passage of Obamacare.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on July 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Anyway, the Court is going to tell the House to carry its own water in the buckets the Constitution gives it, if they think there’s a problem.

PersonFromPorlock on July 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Short Answer: Chamber of Commerce…

d1carter on July 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

The Boner-without-a-bone’s picture is perfect.

I wait every day for the trolls to criticize their idiots, just once.

You’re all sheeple.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Cantorize Boehner!

If you are in Beohner’s district then vote for the Dem in November to get Boehner out of there. Don’t worry, two years from now a Republican (not Boehner) will replace the temporarily elected Democrat. Also, the Dems will start making the point that they should vote for Boehner to keep the amnesty shill as the Manchurian head of the enemy GOP. So vote Boehner out!

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

The court should tell the House to follow their oaths, or go to prison, for dereliction of their sworn duties.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Cantorize Boehner® !

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I love it when it takes roots.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

verbaluce on July 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Rather than continue your usual pathetic trolling, why not return to your previous thread and answer the serious questions posed to you?

Can’t or won’t? Which is it?

Athos on July 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Short Answer: Chamber of Commerce…

d1carter on July 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

And these azzholes

Break the Immigration Impasse
Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates on Immigration Reform

“Money doesn’t vote, people do” — Dave Brat

Cantorize them all.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Why aren’t Boehner and the House suing Obama over immigration?

That would involve too much crying….

ToddPA on July 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

If Obama wanted amnesty so badly, then why was it not done during his first two years in office when the dems had the House and Senate? Wouldn’t that have locked up the hispanic vote like so many have claimed? I don’t get it.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

And yet it didn’t end up hurting him at the polls in 2012. Now he can use it as a political club on the GOP. He knew it work out that way.

Bitter Clinger on July 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

He won because:

1. Romney decided not to be aggressive in his campaign against Obama (i.e. Benghazi).
2. Romney and the GOP were (and still are) clueless when it comes to explaining how Obamacare and the trillions in debt will hurt us in the future.
3. Romney had no clue how dedicated the “free stuff” army is to the dems.
4. Enough white women were dumb enough to believe Romney would ban birth control.
5. Millions of voters stayed home.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Like I said Wednesday, it would be weird for Boehner to have spent 18 months calling for comprehensive reform in the name of impressing Latinos, only to turn around and sue O for using his executive power to give DREAMers a break on deportation.

No, it wouldn’t. Not really.

Agree or disagree with Boehner’s position on immigration, he’s been trying to do it the legal, Constitutional way — with legislation originating in Congress. This is in contrast to Obama’s continued attempts to do things via executive action, which is wholly illegal and unconstitutional.

It would be perfectly legitimate and logical for Congress to simultaneously be pursuing legislation to accomplish something legally while trying to restrain Obama from doing it illegally.

In fact, that’s kind of the point.

Every time Obama gives one of his snarky, passive agressive, childish speeches, he tries to frame it as “and they want to impeach me for trying to help people”. In other words, he tries to frame it as a debate about what he did rather than a debate about how he did it. But the issue here is his unconstitutional use of executive power.

It doesn’t matter what the issue is. He could issue an executive order tomorrow outlawing all abortions and even though I am ardently pro-life, I would still oppose it because that is an unconstitutional and illegal use of executive power.

Shump on July 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

When will John Boehner obama John Boehner take responsibility for something?

verbaluce on July 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Stop the inanity.
(And you missed my point.)

verbaluce on July 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

It makes little difference. Boehner and McConnell have effectively destroyed the Republican Party. I’m predicting there will never be another Republican President.

huckleberryfriend on July 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I’m inclined to agree if Gov. Palin’s reference, on Hannity, to the GOP leaving her is any indication. Another HA commenter suggested she has thrown up the impeachment issue as a litmus test for GOP incumbents and if they aren’t interested, a third party with all the turmoil it would create might be a consideration. It would certainly upset the status quo.

butch on July 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 1:51 PM

6. Romney hired and listened to moronic GOPe consultants and campaign managers.

Athos on July 11, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Keep in mind that this is all political theater. There is no way that a lawsuit filed today would be resolved by November. Boehner hasn’t done a damn thing for years, there is no reason to think that he would start now.

Exit question one: As Byron York said on Twitter last night, it’s a little … odd that the GOP, which has voted to repeal ObamaCare 50 times or so already, is now suing Obama to enforce it, huh? Expect Democrats to have fun with that.

Obamacare is settled law, the GOP is taking the advice of the rat-eared wonder and moving on. Let Obamacare be enacted the way the laws are written and watch the Dems demand changes and/or repeal.

Exit question two: What if the suit’s languishing next year and O finally follows through on that mass amnesty he’s planning? Does Boehner amend the suit to include immigration at that point? Does he cut off funding for something? Or does he dare not do any of that, given that the GOP’s presidential field will be nervous about how Latinos will react?

I think the future of the amnesty plan hinges entirely on the strength of the backlash of the current invasion of worthless illegal parasites. It was going to be a tough sell to begin with and the recent invasion could well have killed it no matter how much money is devoted to lecturing the public that we “have” to accept these filthy invaders as citizens.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Stop the inanity obama insanity.
(And you missed my I never have a strong point.)

verbaluce on July 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

You’re easier than fluff. Go answer the tough questions put to you, on other thread.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Or why not the other way around?
Why can’t everyone be un-serious and waste time with pointless

political theater?
Why can’t we waste more time?
Why can’t we just ask pointless rhetorical questions?
When will John Boehner take responsibility for something?

verbaluce on July 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Right on Verb!!

You mean like the endless gnashing of Dem teeth over the word

R E D S K I N S ?????????

Or the endless gnashing of Dem teeth over the K O C H B R O S??

The hell with pointless theatrics, these Dems don’t have
ANY TEETH LEFT!!!

ToddPA on July 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

The American Axis enemies: Obama-Boehner-McConnell.

BuckeyeSam on July 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

And yet it didn’t end up hurting him at the polls in 2012. Now he can use it as a political club on the GOP. He knew it work out that way.

Bitter Clinger on July 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

He won because:

1. Romney decided not to be aggressive in his campaign against Obama (i.e. Benghazi).
2. Romney and the GOP were (and still are) clueless when it comes to explaining how Obamacare and the trillions in debt will hurt us in the future.
3. Romney had no clue how dedicated the “free stuff” army is to the dems.
4. Enough white women were dumb enough to believe Romney would ban birth control.
5. Millions of voters stayed home.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I should’ve been more specific. It didn’t hurt him at the polls with Hispanics.

Bitter Clinger on July 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Because they like illegal immigration and are in favor of Obama’s non-enforcement of the law.

thirteen28 on July 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM

I love it when it takes roots.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Lol. And hopefully Cantorize Boehner will become the rallying cry in Boehner’s district. To get rid of the lachrymose amnesty shill as our leader, because apparently Repubs in the House cannot do it themselves, and apparently you can’t primary him successfully, so the only way for us to do it is to get rid of him in the general election by voting for the Dem. This could succeed! And truly make amnesty as dead as a doorknob. And Cantorize has a great ring to it and should be applied to other “Republican” shills.

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM

I SHOUT BOVINE EXCREMENT !

If the House is going to file a lawsuit against POTUS – FILE IT!

Announcing a potential suit, discussing a potential suit, and dithering over a potential suit is accomplishing nothing except the potential suit being derided as meaningless political theater. It’s certainly not going to intimidate the administration who can easily stretch this out until 2016 or beyond.

The impact of a suit like this is the SHOCK VALUE when the charges are made public and the media is forced to cover them. The additional value is to provide a roadmap to nationalize the 2014 mid-terms to the advantage of the Republicans.

It now sounds like Boehner has committed verbally to something that he really doesn’t want to go through with. How’s that for leadership?

pilsener on July 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

The picture on Drudge for the Planet of the Apes story features a weapon-toting ape that, I swear, has a smirk on his face that looks just like Michelle Obama’s smirk. Not that I’m comparing the two since Mooch would never be seen toting a weapon.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

R E D S K I N S ?????????

ToddPA on July 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I wonder why the Left cares about what a bunch of foreigners think.

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

I think the future of the amnesty plan hinges entirely on the strength of the backlash of the current invasion of worthless illegal parasites. It was going to be a tough sell to begin with and the recent invasion could well have killed it no matter how much money is devoted to lecturing the public that we “have” to accept these filthy invaders as citizens.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Obama has deliberately created this current crisis we have at the border in order to create sympathy for the illegals and for support in his amnesty push. I don’t think he anticipated the backlash. It’s not just whites who are mad at him, but blacks (they are furious!), hispanics, Indians, Koreans, etc. The anger towards Obama will grow and if this continues it will be felt in November.

Then again, I also believe that we will see an economic collapse here in the US before Obama goes away. When that happens, many of the illegals will head for home.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

If the House is going to file a lawsuit against POTUS – FILE IT!

Announcing a potential suit, discussing a potential suit, and dithering over a potential suit is accomplishing nothing except the potential suit being derided as meaningless political theater. It’s certainly not going to intimidate the administration who can easily stretch this out until 2016 or beyond.

The impact of a suit like this is the SHOCK VALUE when the charges are made public and the media is forced to cover them. The additional value is to provide a roadmap to nationalize the 2014 mid-terms to the advantage of the Republicans.

It now sounds like Boehner has committed verbally to something that he really doesn’t want to go through with. How’s that for leadership?

pilsener on July 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

For the House to file it, it has to be brought up, debated, and voted on. That’s happening over the next couple of weeks.

Bitter Clinger on July 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

I don’t think he anticipated the backlash.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Of course he did. Chaos is good. He wants his opponents to appear unhinged.

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

He won because:

1. Romney decided not to be aggressive in his campaign against Obama (i.e. Benghazi).
2. Romney and the GOP were (and still are) clueless when it comes to explaining how Obamacare and the trillions in debt will hurt us in the future.
3. Romney had no clue how dedicated the “free stuff” army is to the dems.
4. Enough white women were dumb enough to believe Romney would ban birth control.
5. Millions of voters stayed home.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 1:51 PM

6. Romney and the GOPe dissed conservatives (including Palin) and expected them to roll over play dead and vote for them!
7. The GOP does NOTHING to sell it’s message pro-actively, but sits and waits until it is on the defensive and that’s a no-win situation.

unaffiliated on July 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I think it’s fairly disingenuous to leave ANY of Obama’s lawbreaking out of the suit… but whatever.

What’s important now though is that Obama not get one thin dime out of the House to be spent on this “humanitarian crisis” that isn’t directly tied to securing the border and deporting these aliens. I don’t care about their crusty underwear or their mylar blankets. Let Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Sheldon Adelson buy them new ones. Let amnesty-lovin’ libs pay for their upkeep.

Boehner seems to forget that he’s Speaker of the House and that what Congress has passed, Congress can rescind. Repeal or amend the 2007 law that creates the red tape and send these kids back to their country of origin along with their illegal relatives. And for those parents who are here legally, charge them with child endangerment, pull their green cards, and deport them too.

Murf76 on July 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Think, for once.

It’s not political. It’s legal.

Many of Obama’s actions, while stretching the laws, haven’t clearly broken them. Immigration is one such area. On the employer mandate, he not only changed the effective date, he changed the size of companies affected. Those were specified in the statute.

The suit will contend that it doesn’t rise to “high crimes and misdemeanors” to justify impeachment, but the Court needs to order the President to execute the laws as written with no “rewrites.”

As an added bonus, if the suit succeeds, ObamaCare is dead in about five minutes.

Adjoran on July 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

The picture on Drudge for the Planet of the Apes story features a weapon-toting ape that, I swear, has a smirk on his face that looks just like Michelle Obama’s smirk. Not that I’m comparing the two since Mooch would never be seen toting a weapon.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I’ve heard she has a wicked weapons kit for tearing apart Lobshters.

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Why isn’t he suing him over all the court decisions he’s flouted?

This is about rocking the boat without making waves.

Or something.

Boehner may be betting that the border crisis will quiet down before fall

MS-13 is recruiting out of the detention centers and they’re identifying more diseases coming across every day.

Sire, it will quiet down before fall.

Like WWII was off the front pages after December ’41.

formwiz on July 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Why isn’t he suing him over all the court decisions he’s flouted?

This is about rocking the boat without making waves.

Or something.

Boehner may be betting that the border crisis will quiet down before fall

MS-13 is recruiting out of the detention centers and they’re identifying more diseases coming across every day.

Sure, it will quiet down before fall.

Like WWII was off the front pages after December ’41.

formwiz on July 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Obama has deliberately created this current crisis we have at the border in order to create sympathy for the illegals and for support in his amnesty push. I don’t think he anticipated the backlash.

skilaki on July 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

I think he is writing checks on political capital he no longer has. The thing is that he is lazy and stupid. He’s had the fortune of being the designated “first black President” so his career up until now has never had him in a job this long where (sooner or later) accountability comes into play.

Of course he did. Chaos is good. He wants his opponents to appear unhinged.

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I’d agree with you if he hasn’t been so detached from everything this last year. The media tried to pass it off as being above the fray but that isn’t holding up any longer.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The Moochape is gone now as the center photo on Drudge. Now the main headline is: TSA ALLOWING ILLEGALS ON PLANES WITHOUT ID. I suppose they will be given “Priority Access” if they claim to be “undocumented.” Then it’s “oh, in that case, go to the front of the line! No need to go through screening.” Insane.

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Of course he did. Chaos is good. He wants his opponents to appear unhinged.

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I’d agree with you if he hasn’t been so detached from everything this last year. The media tried to pass it off as being above the fray but that isn’t holding up any longer.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Alinsky all the way. Obama just has to play cool, and shoot pool.

The goal is to foment enough public discontent, moral confusion, and outright chaos to spark the social upheaval that Marx, Engels, and Lenin predicted

- a revolution whose foot soldiers view the status quo as fatally flawed and wholly unworthy of salvation. Thus, the theory goes, the people will settle for nothing less than that status quo’s complete collapse

- to be followed by the erection of an entirely new system upon its ruins.

Toward that end, they will be apt to follow the lead of charismatic radical organizers who project an aura of confidence and vision, and who profess to clearly understand what types of societal “changes” are needed.

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM

HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for Obama’s 2014 Invasion!

petefrt on July 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

One of the reasons I will never belong to any church – they are as corrupt as any government/organization. Look at all the refugees coming in and the majority are coming from sh!thole countries in South and Central America that all have one thing in common – the Catholic Church! The church got richer and the people poorer. This has nothing to do with the church members but with many of those in positions of power.

unaffiliated on July 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

One of the only people that are possible candidates to run in 2016, that is NOT a paid whore of the chamber of commerce, and thus beholden to them on amnesty is going to be Ted Cruz.

There is no doubt that any of the establishment candidates will be pushing amnesty, since that’s what the CoC will be dictating they do.

Meople on July 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

“No surprise that he chose in the end to skip it, especially at a moment when even Republicans like John McCain are risking a Latino backlash by demanding more enforcement.

Every time I read something like this I want to slam my head against the wall because it’s such a lie. No matter what Republicans do with immigration they’ll get the same 30% or less of Latino votes, so is not really a factor… except that it angers your base who decide to stay at home in the next election.

ujorge on July 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

“No surprise that he chose in the end to skip it, especially at a moment when even Republicans like John McCain are risking a Latino backlash by demanding more enforcement.“

And this folks is EXACTLY why establishment (R)’s, whores of the Chamber of Commerce, cannot be trusted on amnesty, or anything else.

They have sold out to groups like the CoC, La Raza, and the rest, at the expense of every LEGAL immigrant and American citizen.

Meople on July 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The GOP cannot afford another shutdown before the midterms.

The Dems making mocking Boehner is just stupid. There is a huge difference between a legitimate exercise of legislative power and a tyrannical executive usurpation.

Esaus Message on July 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM

AP -

You may be a Rockefeller Republican, but asking this question definitely makes you “racist.”

bw222 on July 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Because Boehner’s a little slow on the uptake?
The Party of Stupid in all its glory.

leftamark on July 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Obama still has a majority favorability rating among Jews. Does anyone remember that 1940s hit – Last Train to Auschwitz?

bw222 on July 11, 2014 at 3:57 PM

For starters, Boehner may be betting that the border crisis will quiet down before fall

I’m betting that the border “crisis” is gearing up for fall, getting ready to crash the school system. Just about the same time that hospitals are crashing due to the influx of diseased illegals. Of course fall also begins the push for the election in November.

leftamark on July 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I think it is wise not to sue Obama on illegal immigration issues at this point, and here is the reason:

I live in Colorado, where there is a new voting law which allows every registed voter can vote via mail-in ballot, including illegals. In other words, illegal immigrants can cast their votes if they want to, since there is NO requirement to show any IDs before they vote.

People can also vote in a different district if they want to, as long as they claim that they intended to move to the new district “sometime in the future.”

This is why Democrats are loving illegals so much, which is a perfect example of liberal craziness.

sohumm on July 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I disagree with the author. DACA is so blatantly unconstitutional and illegal, that even Obama and Johnson have admitted it.

Jeh Johnson conceded that DACA is illegal, stating on June 24, 2014 in testimony to Congress: “The last time I looked an executive order can’t supercede the law.”

Obama admitted DACA is illegal: “There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system, that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.”

The Dream Act was voted down in Congress on three occassions. Obama clearly committed a crime by pretending it passed and granting two-year renewable deferred deportation AND a work permit. The program has a 99% approval rating for the rubber stamp background and eligibility checks (ie fraud galore).

Prosecutorial discretion is legal in a case by case basis. The DACA program is enforcement discretion on a class of people, which Obama has no authority to do. The prosecutorial discretion from the Morton memos that prioritizes felony criminals can be viewed as using resources efficiently, but the order to ignore illegals that aren’t felons that ICE encounters is criminal.

azpatriotsdotcom on July 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Because it is what his corporate masters want.

bour3 on July 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM