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To their credit, some House Republican recognize the pure hypocrisy of the message they are sending to President Obama on border security. After Thursday's fiasco, when House leadership had to pull their border crisis response bill, thanks to de facto Speaker Ted Cruz's interference, nominal Speaker Boehner issued a statement on behalf of leadership saying, in part, "There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries." That's a day after they sued President Obama for executive overreach.
"Look, you can't say on the one hand that the president is overreaching by acting without legislative authority and direction and then refuse to give him legislative authority and direction in another area," Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a frequent voice of moderation in the House GOP conference, said on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown." […]
Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer lambasted House Republicans for the "ridiculous" move on Thursday night.
"It is ridiculous to sue the president on a Wednesday because he oversteps the law, as he has done a dozen times illegally and unconstitutionally," the conservative commentator said on Fox, "and then on a Thursday say that he should overstep the law, contradict the law that passed in 2008 and deal with this himself."
Cole wasn't alone in recognizing the problem here, and that's why Boehner was "mobbed" by members demanding a vote yesterday immediately after the original bill was pulled. Not acting on immigration, and then saying the president could go it alone the day after suing him for doing just that, is even worse than missing a day of vacation. Go figure.
The result is a bill so extremely right wing that Reps. Michele Bachmann and Steve King are raving about it. Which means it's a bill that will be unacceptable to the Senate and President Obama and will force him to act on his own, anyway. Good job, House GOP.
Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 09:38 AM PDT.