That much-hyped lawsuit that congressional Republicans planned to file against President Obama has taken another body blow.
A second law firm has backed out, apparently succumbing to pressure from Democratic groups. The firm declared that Republicans have little or no chance of winning a lawsuit, which they say they’ll file to challenge the president’s use of executive authority to change the Affordable Care Act.
Turns out that the law is working. It also turns out that the appetite for suing the president is being abated.
The lawsuit that Speaker John Boehner announced would occur is being exposed little by little for what it has been all along: a political stunt intended to fire up the base of the GOP.
World events and the attention they have demanded of the president and Congress have eclipsed the silliness of such a lawsuit, given the gravity of issues abroad and the goofy intention of Republicans to stick it to the president over a law that’s looking more and more as if it’s here to stay — for keeps!
Yahoo.com reported: “House leaders have now all but given up on finding a new lawyer who will take the case, and Boehner is instead considering assigning the work to the chamber’s in-house counsel, which is a position appointed by the speaker.”
The lawsuit, which lacked merit from the get-go, appears headed for oblivion, where it belongs.
The thought occurs to me: If the speaker of the House of Representatives wants the president to concentrate on his job, might he and his Republican congressional colleagues want to delay their goofy lawsuit over Barack Obama’s alleged misuse of executive authority?
Let’s think about this.
The United States is up to its armpits in a variety of international crises: Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Hamas vs. Israel. They are taking up a lot of the president’s time, attention and energy.
The speaker has been critical of the president because, he says, the president has abused his executive authority by changing parts of the Affordable Care Act without congressional approval.
Obama has countered Boehner’s contention by encouraging him to “sue me.”
But now the nation is trying to resolve these crises. Does the president need to be “distracted” by the lawsuit? I don’t think so.
Indeed, with beheadings, rocket attacks, air strikes, Americans in physical danger in hostile places, the idea of going to court over domestic policy differences seems, well, rather irrelevant.
Don’t you think?
John Boehner cracks me up.
The speaker of the House admonishes the president of the United States to do hi job, then sues him for … um … doing his job.
What gives with this guy?
A lawsuit is likely to be filed in court that seeks to punish President Obama for taking executive action on the Affordable Care Act. Now he wants the president to act on immigration and to do something about the refugee crisis on our nation’s southern border.
I’m baffled by the mixed message.
Obama says he’s been doing his job because won’t do its job. Congress is fighting back, accusing the president of overstepping his constitutional authority.
Dysfunction reigns supreme in Washington, D.C.
It doesn’t matter any longer who’s at fault. The system just needs an overhaul.