House GOP Can’t Decide What Their Lawsuit is About, What Won’t Be Thrown Out of Court

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We know John Boehner hasn’t been able to specify what exactly they will sue President Obama for and apparently that’s because House GOP leadership can’t decide what has the best chance of not being thrown out of court.

Committee staffers are discussing several executive actions Boehner could target in a lawsuit and trying to whittle the list down to the fewest number of actions that would give the suit the best chance of being heard by a skeptical judiciary. [...]

When Republican leaders decide on their target, text of a House resolution will be sent to the Rules Committee for a hearing likely next week or the week after, and legal experts will be called in to testify about the merits of legal action.

Finally, the House will vote on the resolution sometime before the chamber recesses for August, giving Republican members ample time to discuss the vote back home in their districts.

I’m not as skeptical as those interviewed by Roll Call are that the lawsuit will target immigration.

Immigration is a hot issue that is currently riling up the Lunatic Base; the same Lunatic Base that House Republicans will face when they attend town hall meetings during summer recess.

Are House Republicans really prepared to attend town hall meetings and explain that they’re suing President Obama for delaying certain aspects of Obamacare? Isn’t delaying Obamacare a good thing in their eyes?

Wouldn’t they rather explain to their rabid constituents that they’re going to sue the president for making child immigrants believe America is a welcoming land of peace and salvation? I mean what kind of Socialist Hippy in Chief is he?

I’ve been wrong before, but I’m counting on the latter.

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  • muselet

    whittle the list down to the fewest number of actions that would give the suit the best chance of being heard by a skeptical judiciary. […]

    “A skeptical judiciary” understates things. Maybe—maybe—there’s a District court judge who won’t laugh the lawsuit out of his/her courtroom, but there can’t be many. Especially when the process as played out in public, no less, has been to announce a lawsuit then to find or concoct a grievance.

    I suppose that gives the Rs a two-fer, though: not only is the Executive out of control, the Judicial is enabling the destruction of the nation blah blah blah send us lots of money.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      Especially when the process as played out in public, no less, has been to announce a lawsuit then to find or concoct a grievance.

      No shit.

      Announcing a lawsuit before deciding what the lawsuit is basically rendered the entire idea mute.

      • Tony Lavely

        mute s/b moot, but the point is still valid.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Especially when the process as played out in public, no less, has been to announce a lawsuit then to find or concoct a grievance.

      Exactly. It’s like saying “We’re going to pass a law!” and then trying to figure out what law you want to pass.

      It’s painfully obvious that the goal/desire isn’t to redress some grievance but simply to file a lawsuit because… because.

  • Nefercat

    “House GOP Can’t Decide What Their Lawsuit is About”

    Oh, come, come, GOP. It’s not that hard. You know exactly why you want to sue him.

    Go ahead, charge him for not only presidenting while black, but also being 1000x smarter and better educated than the gibbering loons braying about him. Oh, and having a happy marriage, fabulous wife and adorable children.

    Seriously, if they just drew up the damn suit based on what really sticks in their craw, it would take them about 45 seconds.

  • Nefercat

    And they are not just going to impeach him, why…?

    • D_C_Wilson

      Because then the Senate would be involved and they’d have to make their insipid arguments on CSPAN instead of in a federal courthouse where TV cameras aren’t allowed.

  • Christopher Foxx

    When you shout “I’m going to sue!”, and then have to figure out just what you can sue for you’ve really got things backwards.

    Or, in other words, the Republican way.

  • D_C_Wilson

    Wouldn’t they rather explain to their rabid constituents that they’re going to sue the president for making child immigrants believe America is a welcoming land of peace and salvation?

    Of course. Especially since the children in question aren’t white. That will definitely go down better with the lunatic base than suing because he delayed parts of a law they want to repeal in its entirety. The fact that they’re taking the time to discuss their plans at townhall meetings shows that this lawsuit isn’t about any abuses that the president may or may not have committed. It’s about firing up the base in anticipation of the 2014 midterms. It’s all a stunt to get out the vote.

    Sadly, this is now what the GOP want to do with their time and our tax money. They have no intention of addressing any of the issues facing this country in any substantive manner (ie, by passing bills). They just want to engage in more theatrical stunts. Actual governing? Forget it.