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U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks outside K's Hamburger Shop in Troy, Ohio, June 17, 2012. Standing with Romney are Rob Portman (L), Speaker of the House John Boehner (3rd L), his wife Ann (3rd R) and his grandchildren. REUTERS/Lar
My favorite thing about House Speaker John Boehner's pre-impeachment lawsuit—and the rabid Republicans who support it—is that even though they are now so thoroughly outraged by President Obama's decision to offer temporary transitional relief from Obamacare's employer mandate, back in 2012 they were gung-ho in support of a presidential candidate who promised:
If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states.
Yes, those were Mitt Romney's words. And why did propose to start repealing Obamacare through the use of executive power? Because...
...since an outright repeal would take time, an executive order is the first step in returning power to the states.
I can hear the objections from Republicans now: "But Mitt Romney's executive orders would have been legal, President Obama's were illegal," they will say. Uh, how's that? It would have been legal to start repealing Obamacare by executive order, but using the Treasury Department's authority to offer transition relief in implementing Obamacare isn't?

Their position would have to be that it's okay for a cop to unilaterally repeal the speed limit but it's not okay for him to cut some slack to drivers for a temporary period after the speed limit changes. That's not an argument you can make with a straight face, but making arguments that you can take seriously doesn't seem to be something they care about one tiny bit.

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