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U.S. President Barack Obama looks over as Speaker of the House John Boehner rises to speak during the unveiling ceremony for the Rosa Parks statue in the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, argues that House Speaker John Boehner's plan to come up with a reason to file suit against President Obama has nothing to do with politics and is instead all about restraining a lawless president who is tearing the Constitution asunder with his dictatorial ways:

WALLACE: Chairman Goodlatte, the president says, it's all politics, a stunt, he calls it.

REP. BOB GOODLATTE, R-VA.: Absolutely not, Chris. This is all about the United States constitution. Article 1 says the president of the United States -- I'm sorry, the Congress is the legislative body. All legislative powers herein granted shall rest in the Congress of the United States. Article 2 says the president shall faithfully execute the laws.

So, it's not about our wanting to stop him from doing his job. It's our wanting to do the job that the Constitution prescribes and not to take powers resting in the Congress and to, through not enforcing laws or changing laws that have been passed, taking power from the legislative branch.

It's very important and this should be bipartisan. People are standing up to protect the balance of power, the check against a too powerful executive branch. It's been done in the past. It needs to be done again.

That sound pretty political to me—almost like a pledge to tea partiers that if they just turn out in 2014 like they did in 2010, maybe this time the House will finally impeach President Obama. But who knows, maybe I'm giving Goodlatte too much credit. Maybe he actually believes the nonsense that he's spitting out.

Either way, it's hard to see how this doesn't lead to a serious effort by Republicans to impeach the president. Speaker Boehner might be saying that this isn't about impeachment, but in so many ways, it is. And even though this may be the longest of long shots, there's only one way to guarantee that House Republicans don't try to placate the tea party by impeaching the president, and that's giving the speaker's gavel back to Nancy Pelosi.

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  •  After today's SCOTUS decisions, (10+ / 0-)

    goodness knows how they would rule on such an asinine lawsuit.  The SCOTUS has a majority of right wing demigods, and they actually believe the shit they write.

    "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

    by Mr MadAsHell on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 03:54:01 PM PDT

    •  sadly, they'll be judging for a long time to come (1+ / 0-)
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      and Obama's appointments haven't been so hot.

      •  Wrong - Kagan and Sotomayor are fine (0+ / 0-)

        Knowing that Obama needs 60 votes for his nominees, Kagan and Sotomayor were great picks. They're young, bright and fair with a progressive bent. I'm very satisfied with these appointments.

    •  SC just told PBO to issue an Executive Order (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, Mr MadAsHell

      In Hobby Lobby, Alito says (paraphrased)... "Look youse guys.  You have a process to give women contraception without the religious nuts being involved.  It doesn't cost you anything.  You can just HHS issue a procedure like you did with the churches.  You don't even need Congress.  Just get her done."

      And Kennedy then said pretty much the same... "Youse guys writing the discent are worried about nuttin.  We will just have the Prez handle it optically directly with the insurance companies.  If there was no other way, it might be different but this is pretty easy and it doesn't cost anything."

      In Alito's opinion it is worded like this...

      "There are other ways in which Congress or HHS could equally ensure that every woman has cost-free access to the particular contraceptives at issue here and, indeed, to all FDA-approved contraceptives.
      In fact, HHS has already devised and implemented a system that seeks to respect the religious liberty of religious nonprofit corporations while ensuring that the employees of these entities have precisely the same access to all FDA-approved contraceptives as employees of companies whose owners have no religious objections to providing such coverage. The employees of these religious nonprofit corporations still have access to insurance coverage without cost sharing for all FDA-approved contracep-tives; and according to HHS, this system imposes no net economic burden on the insurance companies that are required to provide or secure the coverage.

      Although HHS has made this system available to religious nonprofits that have religious objections to the contraceptive mandate, HHS has provided no reason why the same system cannot be made available when the owners of for-profit corporations have similar religious objections. We therefore conclude that this system constitutes an alternative that achieves all of the Government’s aims while providing greater respect for religious liberty. And under RFRA, that conclusion means that enforcement of the HHS contraceptive mandate against the objecting parties in these cases is unlawful."

      In other words - issue an executive order.  PBO has the power to do that.

  •  How about suing the Supreme Court (6+ / 0-)

    speaking of lawless, too-powerful branches of the government, trying to usurp the functions of the others?

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 03:55:45 PM PDT

  •  Interesting that congress NOW wants (2+ / 0-)
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    to do their jobs.  

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 03:55:51 PM PDT

  •  The Speaker's [supposed plans... (2+ / 0-)
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    mungley, Whitewitch

    are absurd, (to say the least).
    He's got the entire thing bassackwards.
    Why kind of judiciary does he think we have where one first threatens to file a lawsuit, and then after the fact, attempts to come up with an actual crime?

    •  All the best kangaroo courts work that way. (0+ / 0-)

      I think you have to start with a lack of understanding how Government works in order to see the 'logic' of Speaker Boehner's plan.  After that you just make crap up until election day.

      "And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over." - John Masefield

      by mungley on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 04:15:23 PM PDT

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  •  Funny, because Congress has been all about (0+ / 0-)

    attempting to usurp executive branch powers, such as claiming they have a right to approve military decisions like prisoner exchanges.

    And here they are, preparing to tempt the judicial branch to declare its potency to be greater than the executive branch's... if that isn't a snake holding out an apple I don't know what is.

    Rick Perry - the greatest scientist since Galileo!

    by Bobs Telecaster on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 04:02:49 PM PDT

  •  A stunt with no exit strategy (2+ / 0-)
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    Samer, mungley

    It's a stunt to energize the base, but I don't get the long-term plan. The fringe right will accept nothing less than impeachment, so when nothing comes of this, won't they just turn on The Establishment for failing them, like with ACA repeal?

    •  The next step is impeachment (0+ / 0-)

      Republicans want this as a fig leaf to say they tried everything else.  Its also why they want democrats to cross the line.  

      When the courts refuse to hear this suit, they'll say, "we have not choice but to impeach!"  That will rally the base.  

      They really have very little to lose with this.  Almost nobody likes them, they aren't legislating, and they know they can't vote against Obamacare another 50 times.  

      Something fun and lucrative to pass the time.

  •  I don't understand (0+ / 0-)

    just what exactly they are planning on suing him for. That doesn't make sense.

    Are they suing him for being a black/liberal/democrat in the White House?

    Are they suing him for issuing executive orders? The Constitution give the President the right to issue executive orders, doesn't it?

    Didn't W. issue many executive orders when he was president?

    I get it. They think only a Republican president should be able to issue executive orders. Democratic presidents shouldn't be able to.

    They are such disgusting hypocrites it is really hard to believe.

  •  I Thought The GOP Hated Frivolous Lawsuits, Trial (1+ / 0-)
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    lawyers and wanted tort reform?

  •  Where were these guys during the Bush years? (2+ / 0-)
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    417els, Proud Liberal Dem

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 04:21:30 PM PDT

  •  Too typical (0+ / 0-)

    He going to sue as soon as he find a reason.  Just the typical non-sensible reasoning behind everything the GOP does.  

  •  Good luck to Speaker Boehner. (1+ / 0-)
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    If the Supreme Court doesn't dismiss this on standing of political question grounds, I'll eat my hat.  

  •  I'm pretty sure that if House Boehner wants to (0+ / 0-)

    define the wearing of brown shoes with a blue suit a "high crime" and/or misdemeanor they can certainly go ahead and do it.

    Whether or not it would be taken seriously outside the editorial offices of the WSJ and Politico is another matter entirely.

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    by here4tehbeer on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 04:36:37 PM PDT

  •  H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 (0+ / 0-)

    This was passed in the House in March.
    It sounds like the bill is the mechanism the House would use to sue if it becomes law.

    If anyone out there tells me this is not case, I would love to know.

    Thank goodness the grownups are back!

    by jhewett on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 04:40:26 PM PDT

  •  IMPEACH!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Impeachment proceedings and all the circus they would entail would be just the thing we need to get out the base...the Democratic base that is. So I say to Boehner: "Proceed Governor."

    To any NSA contractor reading this; FU

    by Himself on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 04:44:51 PM PDT

    •  You're right (0+ / 0-)

      Boehner is trying to stall impeachment proceedings until after the election ... that's the "stunt." The Democratic base will come out in droves if they start impeachment before November. Bring it on.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by ssnbbr on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 05:03:49 PM PDT

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  •  When we get control of the House (0+ / 0-)

       I wand Roberts and Alito impeached for lying to Congress during their confirmation hearings.


    Please write Congressman Boehner and let him know how repugnant his idea of suing the President is.  Here is the speaker's contact  address which is accessible to everyone:

  •  THEN (0+ / 0-)

    do your damn job.

    Stop be negative nellies and vote something into law.  Stand up for the people of the United States rather than standing in the way.

    Idiots..well Republicans.

    Don't meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

    by Whitewitch on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 04:59:48 PM PDT

  •  I hope the GOP does try to sue.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the Obama Administration. Today, the POTUS announced that he was going to use an executive order to push through immigration reform. This was covered on MSNBC and Spanish language television today. They even interrupted the World Cup. If the POTUS goes through with this and Boner decides to sue to block reform, the GOP can kiss the Latino vote goodbye for the next 40 years.

    I say, "Do it", Boner. Sue.

  •  If the House doesn't like... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the way the President is doing his job, the easy solution of course is to actually do theirs.  As for being a dictator, Lincoln and FDR were called dictators in their day so I would say Obama is in pretty good company.

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