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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Is it Ever Really About Impeachment, Though?

I think it is really possible that there is something that grinds Speaker of the House John Boehner's gears about all that executive ordering stuff that the President does, and that could very well be why he is bringing a lawsuit over that very thing--not that there's any one particular thing he is doing it over:

The speaker did not specify which executive actions he planned to challenge. House Republicans were angered in January when Mr. Obama promised in his State of the Union address to use his “pen and phone” to counter congressional inaction.
Use of office supplies can be pretty upsetting to some. But use of executive orders is a pretty common presidential activity, that in comparison with the last hundred or so years worth of presidents, Obama has actually honored more in the breach than the observance.

But one thing is pretty clear--this is not about impeachment. Even if the "I" word has been thrown about before. It's just that, well, the criteria of "high crimes and misdemeanors" hasn't so much been provable. Actually, the people most likely to use the "I" bomb want to talk about birth certificates and cover-ups of things that aren't actually very covered-up. So this is obviously different, because it's about...you know. The way Obama is being President wrong, not in any one big way, just in all these little ways that...Really?

I'm just saying. When regular people go to court, it's because their neighbor's unkempt old tree finally tipped over onto their yard and took out their car, or because the contractor got paid for half the job, but here it is, months later, and they've barely done a third of it. People sue for concrete reasons, not because they just don't like someone's politics. It seems to me a little bit like this is having one's impeachment hearing cake whilst not having to eat crow about not having a very good case for it.

Perhaps Boehner will nail down his particular objections later on, but right now, I'm not sure what this is supposed to actually accomplish.

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