Boehner: Maybe I’ll sue Obama to try to stop the Iran deal; Update: House votes against approving Iran deal

posted at 12:41 pm on September 11, 2015 by Allahpundit

A leftover from yesterday. Riddle me this: If he agrees with Cruz et al. that Obama hasn’t complied with the Corker bill by submitting the secret side deals with Iran to Congress, why are he and McConnell proceeding with any votes this week? Why not stand on that point? E.g., “The Corker bill says Congress has 60 days to vote once the president submits the full agreement. He hasn’t, so we won’t.” Force that issue before the public. Voting on the deal anyway when you’re claiming that objection is like running a play in football and then asking for replay review of the play before that. The game’s supposed to stop while the challenge is heard.

Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he might sue President Barack Obama again…

“If you read the provisions in [the congressional review law], it’s pretty clear that the president has not complied,” Boehner said Thursday during his weekly news conference. “Because it makes clear that any side agreements and any other type of an agreement — including those that do not directly involve us — must be turned over as part of it. I do not believe that he’s complied.”

Skip to 2:30 of the clip below and you’ll see that a reporter challenges him with the same point I made. Why vote on anything if you think Obama hasn’t complied? If I understand Boehner’s answer, he says the Corker bill requires Congress to hold a vote on whether to disapprove of the Iran deal. Because Obama hasn’t submitted the side deals, the House will not vote on whether to disapprove until O fulfills his obligations. The Corker process is now frozen as far as the House is concerned. However, while they wait for Obama to submit the side deals and start the Corker clock, they’re going to vote on whether they should approve (not disapprove) the deal because they want to force House Democrats to take some sort of formal stance on whether they support this widely unpopular Iran-deal fiasco. If you find this approve/disapprove parsing too cute by half, you’re not alone, but I think it’s just the GOP trying to have their cake and eat it too. They want Democrats to take a tough vote on an unpopular bill but they also want to preserve their claim that Obama hasn’t complied with the Corker process in case they decide to sue him. That’s what today’s House vote on approving the deal is all about.

Guy Benson has a better idea. If McConnell wants to make Democrats squirm over the Iran deal, why not shut down all Senate business until Reid at least agrees to end his filibuster and agree to an up or down vote? The worst that can happen for them is that Obama’s forced to veto it, a minor political victory for the GOP amid a much larger political victory for Democrats. If having a majority in the Senate and House can’t even guarantee that, what’s the point of having a majority at all?

Republicans must not simply shrug and give up.  They should instead seek to replicate the successful strategy they employed earlier this year in the face of another unconscionable filibuster. That Democratic maneuver ran afoul of clear public opinion, and exposed quite a few filibuster-enablers as rank hypocrites. I’m referring to the hardball game Mitch McConnell played on the anti-human trafficking legislation, which Democrats astoundingly filibustered in an attempt to add unprecedented abortion-funding language to the bill.  This move was grossly out-of-step with established precedent, and every excuse Reid and friends trotted out to justify their obstructionism was shown to be utterly dishonest.  The GOP majority effectively shut down all Senate business until Democrats broke — which they did.  Public opinion was against them, and the optics of filibustering a bill designed to help victims of sex trafficking were horrific.  Similarly, impeding a simple vote on the controversial Iran deal is politically risky.  Republicans hold a Senate majority, several prominent Democrats are with them, public opinion is heavily on their side, and they occupy the moral high ground.  Use it.  Shame Democrats for this action.  Force them to vote to sustain this filibuster over and over again.  Make them explain on television why their chamber has ground to a complete halt, and why they don’t believe Congress should have any say on the Iran deal.  Shine a white, hot spotlight on this, day after day.  Make Hillary Clinton defend them, too.

Why not? It’d be nice to have an old-fashioned Senate brawl on Iran before the inevitable Boehner/McConnell cave on whether to shut down the government in order to defund Planned Parenthood. Not only that, says Rick Wilson, but showing a little mettle on Iran will take some of the anti-establishment wind out of Trump’s sails. If the GOP establishment wants to show undecided primary voters that they’re not entirely (albeit mostly) committed to surrender at every turn, now would be a fine time to prove it. What do they have to lose?

Update: And here’s the “approval” vote now.


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O/T: What happened to the Iowa poll post?

WisRich on September 11, 2015 at 12:43 PM

What happen to the thread on the Iowa poll?

bgibbs1000 on September 11, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Who cares about Failure theater take #??????. Where is Iowa poll thread?

bgibbs1000 on September 11, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Not only that, says Rick Wilson, but showing a little mettle on Iran will take some of the anti-establishment wind out of Trump’s sails.

HA has suddenly become very interested in what the thug, The Rick Wilson, has to say.

d1carter on September 11, 2015 at 12:45 PM

It’s all Failure Theatre™. Kabuki Rules require a show vote destined to fail in the Senate when MaxiCave refuses to even schedule it for the inevitable failure of the vote-to-proceed.

Steve Eggleston on September 11, 2015 at 12:46 PM

What happen to the thread on the Iowa poll?

bgibbs1000 on September 11, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Fake but likely explanation: AP hissyfit
Actual cause: server failure.

nobar on September 11, 2015 at 12:47 PM

At least try and keep up. Embarrassing.

MarkT on September 11, 2015 at 12:47 PM

So what?

Bmore, had an idea. Photoshop McConnell and Boner, bowing, so that each becomes a butt cheek. Then just put obama standing behind them, with a threatening finger.

Caption above the two “How low?”

McConnell is the biggest traitor in the USA today.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Boehner shows all the excitement of continuing to oppose Obama on the Iran deal as Bill Bellichick does when he has to talk to reporters at a post-game media event.

jon1979 on September 11, 2015 at 12:47 PM

I was just about to comment on the Iowa poll thread and poof…it’s gone?

d1carter on September 11, 2015 at 12:48 PM

why are he and McConnell proceeding with any votes this week? Why not stand on that point?

Surely you jest.

mankai on September 11, 2015 at 12:48 PM

For those of you worried about the “clock”, since the House says it won’t start until, at a minimum, later this month, it’s 30 days, not 60.

Steve Eggleston on September 11, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Dude! I called it in an attempt to be snarky three days ago:

AP: Obama has 41 aye votes in Senate for Iran deal

John Boehner to pretend to file a lawsuit in 5 .. 4 .. 3 …

ShainS on September 8, 2015 at 12:53 PM

ShainS on September 11, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Sep 11, 2015 at 12:45 pm d1carter
Not only that, says Rick Wilson, but showing a little mettle on Iran will take some of the anti-establishment wind out of Trump’s sails.
HA has suddenly become very interested in what the thug, The Rick Wilson, has to say.

The confidence women call him an easy mark.

besser tot als rot on September 11, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Fake but likely explanation: AP hissyfit
Actual cause: server failure.

nobar on September 11, 2015 at 12:47 PM

I dunno…I’d be inclined to reverse that…

vlad martel on September 11, 2015 at 12:49 PM

The Walker post vanished into thin air, just like the resolve of the house GOP when faced with even the slightest adversity.

Redstone on September 11, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Boehner and McConnell should resign.

bflat879 on September 11, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Boehner is one up on Custer, he never takes a stand therefore he will never have a last stand.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 11, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Steve Eggleston on September 11, 2015 at 12:46 PM

Agreed.

I believe the attitude expressed by this H.R.Clinton attorney is standard operating procedure for the majority of the political class.

O’KEEFE STRIKES AGAIN: Undercover Video Purports to Show Hillary Campaign Violating Election Law

According to the video, when the attorney in question, identified as Christina Gupana, was told about this alleged lawbreaking, she advised the staffers to, “Do whatever you can. Whatever you can get away with, just do it, until you get kicked out like totally.”

More than one staffer says that the campaign’s motto towards these laws is “Ask for forgiveness, not for permission.

If they don’t have it embroidered on their underwear, it certainly appears to be emblazoned on their hearts.

thatsafactjack on September 11, 2015 at 12:53 PM

We all know that Tom J. Donohue really runs both Houses of the GOPe Congress…let’s ask him what we should do.

d1carter on September 11, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Who the hell is the single pub “present” vote?

Bishop on September 11, 2015 at 12:54 PM

OT, coming to the USA

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Not only that, says Rick Wilson, but showing a little mettle on Iran will take some of the anti-establishment wind out of Trump’s sails. If the GOP establishment wants to show undecided primary voters that they’re not entirely (albeit mostly) committed to surrender at every turn, now would be a fine time to prove it.

That would be the politically wise move, but clearly Boehner and McConnell are so beholden to special interests that this will never happen. Well, either that or they’re the biggest pair of p-ssies you’ll ever see and can’t stomach a fight on anything. Either way, it only strengthens the likelihood that the GOP nominee will be Trump, Carson, or Cruz.

Doughboy on September 11, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Boehner is one up on Custer, he never takes a stand therefore he will never have a last stand.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 11, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Bloody shame that, Bonehead would look good scalped errr… I mean bald…

oscarwilde on September 11, 2015 at 12:54 PM

What was contained in the Iowa poll disappearing thread?

Bishop on September 11, 2015 at 12:55 PM

If Rick Wilson says it do the opposite…

Redstone on September 11, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Not only that, says Rick Wilson, but showing a little mettle on Iran will take some of the anti-establishment wind out of Trump’s sails. If the GOP establishment wants to show undecided primary voters that they’re not entirely (albeit mostly) committed to surrender at every turn, now would be a fine time to prove it. What do they have to lose?


When you have sunk so low as to quote Rick Wilson on strategy?

It is time to pack up your stuff and go find a day job unrelated to politics.

Ahhhhh, the delicious irony of watching TDS play out day after day as supposedly “moderate” pundits (HA has NO conservative credentials left) grasp at the droppings of a worm like Wilson, famous for his over-the-top denunciations of people who support Trump, in a fevered effort to deny reality …

We.ARE.Burning.It.DOWN.

PolAgnostic on September 11, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Come on peeps. This show vote was the most important thing for the GOP in the whole Iran deal. It’s all they really cared about in the Corker Bill: they want the deal, but to be able to pretend they don’t. If they don’t hold a meaningless vote, how are they going to “convincingly” pretend?!

besser tot als rot on September 11, 2015 at 12:56 PM

What was contained in the Iowa poll disappearing thread?

Bishop on September 11, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Just more evidence that Donald Trump is crushing everyone else. Nothing worthy of being published at DestroyTrump Central.

oscarwilde on September 11, 2015 at 12:57 PM

We should start calling them what they are to their faces,FAILURES.

docflash on September 11, 2015 at 12:58 PM

Does the Iowa Poll thread disappearance mean Jeb is dropping out….?

d1carter on September 11, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Worst political class ever. No wonder Trump is surging in the polls. Even though he is not the answer.

rbj on September 11, 2015 at 12:59 PM

After these last 2 years you’d think no R would vote for him … but you’d be wrong … there is a place where squishes proudly walk the street flying their squish flag high and that is the 8th district in Ohio. They have given us this man over and over again and they will again once more.

In the 8th , if you are not squish then you are not one of them.

BoxHead1 on September 11, 2015 at 12:59 PM

If they don’t hold a meaningless vote, how are they going to “convincingly” pretend?!

besser tot als rot on September 11, 2015 at 12:56 PM

They can pretend anything they want, Trump’s surging popularity proves that nobody believes anything they say anymore.

oscarwilde on September 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM

If you find this approve/disapprove parsing too cute by half, you’re not alone, but I think it’s just the GOP trying to have their cake and eat it too.

No, it is too cute by half, and is little more than the latest episode of Failure Theatre™.

The Vichy caucus knows that we’ve caught onto their games, so they have to create a Rube Goldberg-like contraception / explanation in an effort to mask the latest Failure Theatre™ effort.

And, given the corners Boehner and McConnell have fecklessly painted themselves into – we’re going to see many more episodes of Failure Theatre™ in the next several weeks.

Athos on September 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM

What was contained in the Iowa poll disappearing thread?

Bishop on September 11, 2015 at 12:55 PM

It’s back, left side.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Donald Trump Leads in Iowa in New Quinnipiac Poll

A poll from Quinnipiac University found Mr. Trump leading the crowded field with support of 27 percent of likely participants in the Republican caucus. Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has been surging in recent polls, trails him with 21 percent.

thatsafactjack on September 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Trump’s hair crashed it.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 1:01 PM

What was contained in the Iowa poll disappearing thread?

Bishop on September 11, 2015 at 12:55 PM

.
I can see it at the top of the Top Picks columns

Quinnipiac poll of Iowa: Trump leads with 27% as Scott Walker crashes to … tenth place

PolAgnostic on September 11, 2015 at 1:01 PM

famous for his over-the-top denunciations of people who support Trump, in a fevered effort to deny reality …

He also had a very mature (as in for mature audiences only) tweet that he sent to Ann Coulter.

If he told me the sky was blue I would double check; he has a poor track record and his Trump delirium has backfired immensely.

Redstone on September 11, 2015 at 1:01 PM

If McConnell wants to make Democrats squirm over the Iran deal, why not shut down all Senate business until Reid at least agrees to end his filibuster and agree to an up or down vote?

Oh please. Reid and McConnell are probably grab-a$$sing at their favorite Gentlemen’s Club and laughing their a$$es off about this. There is NO DOUBT that Reid’s agenda is McConnell’s agenda.

CantCureStupid on September 11, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Hello J. Somber day.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 1:01 PM

…AND, this will do what exactly???

This Dictator impersonating an American President, will simply

IGNORE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on September 11, 2015 at 1:02 PM

If they won’t stop the funds it all means nothing.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Crane collapse at Grand Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
16:57
62 dead, at least 30 injured in crane collapse at Grand Mosque in Mecca, says Saudi Civil Defense – @KSA_998

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 1:04 PM

So, the Clinton e-mails.

Just what if there are some to and from Boehner?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 11, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Come on peeps. This show vote was the most important thing for the GOP in the whole Iran deal. It’s all they really cared about in the Corker Bill: they want the deal, but to be able to pretend they don’t. If they don’t hold a meaningless vote, how are they going to “convincingly” pretend?!
besser tot als rot on September 11, 2015 at 12:56 PM

I think there are competing interests involved. The Neocons and the defense industry wants war with Iran. I think commercial interests want trade and market access. I think this is all kabuki theater. The Senate can vote to reject the deal 100-0 and it won’t change the fact that the international sanctions against Iran will be dropped. There may be squabbling over whether to continue the U.S. sanctions but this won’t stop Iranian oil from reaching the world oil market. With or without the U.S., Iran will receive a major economic relief. By continuing the sanctions, U.S. companies will be locked out of the Iranian market. I think these tactics by Repubs are just sour grapes that they didn’t get the war they wanted.

antifederalist on September 11, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Here’s the deal, you won’t see elsewhere:

Recall that the Saudis were vehemently opposed to the Iran ‘deal’, until about 4 days ago.

Within one week they changed their mind and recently came out in ‘favor of it’.

Last night Sheryl Attkisson talked about how a few congresscritters, who are NOT allowed to tell what they see, after reviewing the 9/11 report behind closed doors, told her who supported, planned and financed the 9/11 attacks. Today a show is being run, twice, about it, a combo of ABC and some other enterprises, for which she now reports specials.

Here’s my conclusion. GWB put the kabash on the report and sealed it.

obama, in his desperation to get the Iran ‘deal’ through, threatened the Saudis that he’d unseal the report and expose the House of Kings and all the names, ahead or during the 14 years date since 9/11/01.

I thought it was billions promised to them, but money to them is like sand in the desert or water in the ocean.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 1:09 PM

The Walker post candidacy vanished into thin air, just like the resolve of the house GOP when faced with even the slightest adversity.

Redstone on September 11, 2015 at 12:51 PM

…fixed for accuracy…

Pelosi Schmelosi on September 11, 2015 at 1:10 PM

I think these tactics by Repubs are just sour grapes that they didn’t get the war they wanted.

antifederalist on September 11, 2015 at 1:08 PM

…the comments just keep getting more hysterical by the minute…

Pelosi Schmelosi on September 11, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Riddle me this: If he agrees with Cruz et al. that Obama hasn’t complied with the Corker bill by submitting the secret side deals with Iran to Congress, why are he and McConnell proceeding with any votes this week?

Allahpundit

Because he and McConnell have already AUTHORIZED the deal. They WANT the deal. They are PROFITING from the deal. They are being PAID for the deal.

Am I being clear enough?

fossten on September 11, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Rush played Corker on CBS News last night. He is a complete sellout. Typical GOP Rino.

alanstern on September 11, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Good afternoon, my friend.

Indeed. It is.

thatsafactjack on September 11, 2015 at 1:15 PM

I thought it was billions promised to them, but money to them is like sand in the desert or water in the ocean.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Actually, the Saudis are going broke. There are literally thousands of Saudi princes, and they get to spend all the money they want; yachts, parties, stuff. They are running out of money.

fossten on September 11, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Wind Storm blows down crane on Islams Grand Mosque on 9/11?

Who get the credit?

How long before Obama sends them a check from the U S. Treasury for the repairs.

questions

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 11, 2015 at 1:16 PM

The Walker post candidacy vanished into thin air, just like the resolve of the house GOP when faced with even the slightest adversity.

Redstone on September 11, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Well we couldn’t have Obama thinking we’re being “uncivil”. We believe everyone should be “civil”, even in the face of adversity. If we don’t, the media will say we’re at “war” with Obama, even as he allows our enemies nuclear weapons. It’s more important to be “civil” with our enemies, than to call them names or imply that they don’t have America’s best interests at heart.

/sarc

dominigan on September 11, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Actually, the Saudis are going broke. There are literally thousands of Saudi princes, and they get to spend all the money they want; yachts, parties, stuff. They are running out of money.

fossten on September 11, 2015 at 1:15 PM

No, they really are not. They’re just having their allowances reduced from 10 million a year to 9 million a year. Saudi Arabia will bring in 3/4th of a TRILLION dollars this year off oil exports. They are not even remotely close to running out of money. The princes will just have to settle for only buying 10 Lamborghini’s this year instead of 15.

oscarwilde on September 11, 2015 at 1:23 PM

I do not believe that he’s complied.”

…Bonehead doesn’t know what that ^ word means!

JugEarsButtHurt on September 11, 2015 at 1:23 PM

If he (Boehner) agrees with Cruz et al. that Obama hasn’t complied with the Corker bill by submitting the secret side deals with Iran to Congress, why are he and McConnell proceeding with any votes this week?

Because the GOP establishment M.O., personified by Boehner and McConnell, is surrender first and then play fight. It’s all a kabuki dance.

Remember these are the guys who came up with S. 615, the Cardin-Corker Bill to enable a treaty to be passed in the US Senate by 34 votes instead of the constitutional requirement of 67 votes.

Viator on September 11, 2015 at 1:24 PM

House votes against approving Iran deal

Give us a call when you actually stop the Iran deal. What is really infuriating is that they think someone doesn’t see through this BS. Not different from the BS excuses Hillary is using to hide the Clinton/Obama criminal activities.

whbates on September 11, 2015 at 1:25 PM

which republican voted present?
boehner?

dmacleo on September 11, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Too cute? Here’s another take. The Corker bill does call for a vote of disapproval on the Agreement. The Agreement as defined, has not yet been submitted for a vote, as not all of the attendant side agreements have been submitted. Therefore, as Andrew McCarthy and others have argued, the conditions for a vote of disapproval have not been met. As conditions for a given event (in contract, operation of law, or as here, legislative action) can generally be waived by the party benefited by fulfillment of the conditions (the House in this case), the approval vote could be construed as a vote on whether to waive the conditions which start the 60-day clock–and defeat of the approval vote as an explicit rejection of waiver.

Barnestormer on September 11, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Boehner: Maybe I’ll sue Obama to try to stop the Iran deal; Update: House votes against approving Iran deal

Oh, for crying out loud. If you’d done your job, that wouldn’t even be necessary. The only reason this is happening is because YOU want it to. We know it, you know it.
It needs to be stopped. Now.

Iblis on September 11, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Not only that, says Rick Wilson, but showing a little mettle on Iran will take some of the anti-establishment wind out of Trump’s sails.

HA has suddenly become very interested in what the thug, The Rick Wilson, has to say.

d1carter on September 11, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Rick Wilson is everything that’s wrong with the GOP/GOPe and is terrified that The Donald will make him and his words even more pointless than they already are.

It must be the “blind squirrel/stopped clock” effect here, but Wilson realizes that showing a backbone may actually be a positive for the GOP.

They won’t, of course, but interesting he stumbled upon it if only to rend some garments over The Donald.

kim roy on September 11, 2015 at 2:05 PM

which republican voted present?
boehner?

dmacleo on September 11, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Boehner is never present…especially when he’s drunk…

PatriotRider on September 11, 2015 at 2:06 PM

John Boehner…a boy named Sue

Senator Philip Bluster on September 11, 2015 at 2:06 PM

That Boehner! Always one step ahead of Obama!

Neitherleftorright on September 11, 2015 at 2:07 PM

Worst political class ever. No wonder Trump is surging in the polls. Even though he is not the answer.

rbj on September 11, 2015 at 12:59 PM

And on 9/11, no less.

The Donald is just the gut level loathing that the proles have for the political class in human form. That loathing may win him the presidency.

Or it should just for the sheer willful ignorance of the political class not to see this coming.

kim roy on September 11, 2015 at 2:08 PM

So maybe he’s going to sue Obama over the Iran deal. Gee, I’m impressed. Wasn’t that the line he used about Amnesty, too? The results of that promise were so awe-inspiring.

Failure Theatre is getting old, Mr. Boehner. Even the low information voters are onto you.

hachiban on September 11, 2015 at 2:32 PM

It’s official. Boner is a whining, slick-backed professional pc victim who “sues” (getting third parties to do his heavy lifting for him) instead of kicking azz and taking names. Cowardly schmuck.

vnvet on September 11, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Uuuuuh, huh.

Okay, time to give somebody else a go at the speaker position. No offense Boehner, but you’ve been grasping for awhile now. <_<

WolvenOne on September 11, 2015 at 2:39 PM

The answer to the question is simple, the Republicans are cowards. Personally, if their cowards on Planned Parenthood funding, it bothers me but not all that much. However, they’re being cowards with the safety of the country and I believe it’s time for a revolution, vote all of the establishment Republicans out.

bflat879 on September 11, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Makes sense! But, you ruined my day. Must have more beer.

vnvet on September 11, 2015 at 2:48 PM

John Boehner…a boy named Sue

Senator Philip Bluster on September 11, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Hardly! In the song, Sue was a tough guy:

“And he said: “Son, this world is rough
And if a man’s gonna make it, he’s gotta be tough
And I knew I wouldn’t be there to help ya along.
So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
I knew you’d have to get tough or die
And it’s the name that helped to make you strong.”

Boehner is as soft as jello.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on September 11, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Looks like 169 congress-critters are traitors to this nation. And the one voting “present” is a coward.

sadatoni on September 11, 2015 at 3:06 PM

If we had a Congress with any stones, Jugeared Jesus would have already been impeached for his MANY end-runs around the Constitution.

This agreement should by any common-sense interpretation fall under the authority granted to Congress governing TREATIES, but leave it to our feckless representatives to leave that obvious fact by the wayside.

This is just another in a long string of incidents in which Congress has ceded yet more authority to the executive branch, thus abridging OUR rights and making our House and Senate votes less and less meaningful.

Eff ’em all; they are morally bankrupt.

hillbillyjim on September 11, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Why do we even have to pretend to watch them pretend to battle against Obama?

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2015 at 3:17 PM

Oh, and it should be obvious by now to all that Boehner couldn’t sue his way out of a wet paper bag.

hillbillyjim on September 11, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Why do we even have to pretend to watch them pretend to battle against Obama?

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2015 at 3:17 PM

Because we elected them and this is how they try to justify receiving the paycheck and benefits. They’re ” doing something“. It’s just never what they promised their constituents they would when they begged to be elected.

thatsafactjack on September 11, 2015 at 3:25 PM

They’ll get on it. Right after they fulfill their promise to repeal Obamacare.

They need the whole congress and presidency to betray the base like they did with the Fence Act of 2005.

Valiant on September 11, 2015 at 3:32 PM

McConnell should change the senate rules to prohibit filibuster on foreign agreements.

Ursus on September 11, 2015 at 3:35 PM

thatsafactjack on September 11, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Now if we would just wise up and clear their collective azzes out of D.C., they we could claim some real accomplishments.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2015 at 3:36 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 11, 2015 at 12:52 PM
If Boehner is Custer then McConnell is his horse’s azz! Never have I seen two more pathetic weak so called men claim to represent the American people. I hope history rakes them over the burning coals they so deserve.
Yeah, Boehner is going to sue Obama, right…….what a joke!

Bakokitty on September 11, 2015 at 3:40 PM

hillbillyjim on September 11, 2015 at 3:18 PM
Boehner would be hard pressed to crawl out of a wet paper bag after he first polished off the the alcohol he bought in it, let alone fight his way out of the bag.

Bakokitty on September 11, 2015 at 3:45 PM

POS TRAITOR BONERR

TX-96 on September 11, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Boehner is a Tai-chi pink-belt in a bar-fight. He clearly can’t follow Cruz advice however much sense it makes.

Nobody cares if he sues or doesn’t sue. The main point is that he achieves nothing, while keeping his job.

virgo on September 12, 2015 at 8:59 AM

Current (and recent, last 6+ years) GOP leadership has shown an astounding reluctance to use the parliamentary tools available to them. It is this, more than their conservative bona fides that have frustrated the base.

Indeed, it was this lack of backbone which spurred the Tea Party movement. We all knew what the Dems meant/wanted; that was not new. What was missing was our champion in the ring. If he wouldn’t show up, we’d have to invent one, and that morphed into the Tea Party(ies).

NeoCon_1 on September 12, 2015 at 5:53 PM