Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Riding the Tea Party's wrecking ball

How many more scandals can the GOP invent before it finishes suing Obama? John Boehner will spend the next two weeks getting his irrelevant lawsuit ready.

Scott Lemieux, theguardian.com, Tuesday 15 July 2014

Serious lawsuits start with some specific legal grievance – a claim that someone was injured by a defective product, say, or that a search was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment – and proceed from there. US House speaker John Boehner wants to sue the President of the United States – for no particular reason other than his alleged lawlessness – and fill in the details later.

The lawsuit, which a House committee will take up rather seriously on Wednesday, is a frivolous stunt that not only has no chance of succeeding but isn't even intended to succeed. The belated choice of targets does provides a useful illustration of Republican priorities, though: most notably, registering more outrage at the Affordable Care Act and further attempting to legitimize various fake scandals wafting up from the conservative fever swamp.

Some of the GOP attacks on the Obama administration have had real substantive effects. This suit, however, is analogous to the endless House votes to repeal Obamacare – an impotent symbolic gesture by Republicans frustrated they were unable to deny access to health coverage to tens of millions of American citizens.

By speaking first in general terms about Obama's alleged failure to "faithfully execute the laws" in favor of usurping the will of Congress, plus the president's failure to do enough bombing of random foreign countries, Boehner allowed the Tea Party's insatiable skree machine to fill in its own gibberish legalese. Why focus on one potential impeachable offense when the examples can be nearly infinite? Benghazi! Fast and Furious! Executive orders!

(More here.)

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