There is a great deal of discussion of this unprecedented lawsuit being entered into by the Republicans in the House of Representatives against the President of the United States. Google it and read a few articles. For the most part the lawsuit is being described as silly, frivolous, a waste of taxpayer’s money, partisan, and even racist. Jonathan Capehart gives a good analysis in the Washington Post where we can suss out of few of the salient points.
First, let’s see what the esteemed Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has to say:
“The constitution makes it clear that the president’s job is to faithfully execute the law,” Boehner said. “In my view, the president has not faithfully executed the law.”
Plenty of folks disagree with that assessment, including the folks at Brookings. “Like many criticisms of many presidents, policy disagreements stemming from presidential actions do not automatically make those actions illegal. Executive orders are no different,” wrote John Hudak, managing editor of the FixGov blog, in a post earlier this year. “They are not an abuse of power, but a necessary presidential power critical to the function of government.”
An important graphic is then inserted which demonstrates several interesting facts: first, the Republican presidents win the race to see who can issue the most Executive Orders, and second, President Obama has issued the least number of Executive Orders since Grover Cleveland.
Capehart’s civilized conclusion might will have rabid Obama haters all over the country clamoring for more blood:
This apparently doesn’t matter to Boehner. Of course, he says he’s doing this because “when there’s conflicts like this between the legislative and administrative [sic] branch it’s our responsibility to stand up.” For folks like George Will, who advocated such a lawsuit in his Sunday column, this litigation “would establish [him] as the legislature’s vindicator.”
“This is not about impeachment,” Boehner promised this morning. “This is about faithfully executing the laws of our country.” But what the speaker is doing is nothing less than a dress rehearsal for Obama’s impeachment. Given how much the word has been bandied about, Boehner’s caucus won’t be able to resist, especially if (dear Lord let it be “when”) the courts reject his frivolous lawsuit.
If you go back into the popular psychology of “I’m OK, You’re Okay” you might uncover a game (Remember, “Games People Play”) called NIGYYSOAB (Pronounced NIGYYSOAB). The full name of this game is “Now I’ve Got You, You Son of a Bitch” and it is played like this: One person sets up the other person to do something that the first person can later find fault with. That’s when they shout “Now I’ve Got You, You Son of a Bitch.” The Republicans are good at this game: they accuse the President of not showing any leadership but when the President takes the initiative, the Republicans get to shout, “Now I’ve Got You, You Son of a Bitch,’ collect a bunch of trading stamps, and initiate a suit against the President for being a leader when the Congress didn’t give him permission to be a leader.
What is it about this President that has all the old white guys in the House feeling that they have to give the President permission to be Presidential.
One final note: several commentators have concluded that Obama has skillfully played “Rope-a-Dope” with the Republican congress. I don’t know about this but it might explain why the well documented Republican insistence on impeaching the President has suddenly, despite the existence of video tape and other archival materials, been declared to have been a Democratic plot designed to raise campaign funds for the party and to embarrass the squeaky-clean Republicans.