No, really. He's serious.
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday told reporters that he plans to sue President Barack Obama over his use of executive action.
"I am," the Speaker said when asked if he was planning to initiate a lawsuit.
Can he even do that? Don't you have to be able to show that you have been in some way harmed by the other person's actions in order to have standing to sue? Well, maybe he has been harmed. Let's see what he has to say.
"You know the constitution makes it clear that the president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws and in my view the President has not faithfully executed the laws," Boehner added at a news conference on Capitol Hill.
That's it? That's all you got? Some vague dissatisfaction with the way the President has administered the law? That's a basis for a lawsuit? Because I'm pretty sure that every president in history has executed the laws of the land in a manner which a lot of people found unsatisfactory. So you vote for the other guy next time. You don't try to sue him.
You don't go whining to the courts like some pathetic little crybaby that the mean old President won't do what you want him to.
Oh, right. That is kind of your thing, isn't it?
Okay, if you're going to try to file suit against the President, you really have to have something concrete and specific on which to base your suit. It can't just be "I don't feel like he's executing things all that faithfully." You have to be able to say specifically what wrongdoings you are accusing him of.
In a memo to House members announcing next month's vote, Boehner indicated the legal action would cover a number of issues but did not cite specific cases of executive overreach.
Oh, I am shocked. Shocked! that you couldn't name any specific instances.
Your entire legal theory is "POTUS is a big jerk?" I am shocked, because usually you're the sort of person whom I would totally take seriously. I'm shocked that this most recent tantrum lacks the gravitas you usually bring to the Speaker's role.
"On matters ranging from health care and energy to foreign policy and education, President Obama has repeatedly run an end-around on the American people and their elected legislators, straining the boundaries of the solemn oath he took on Inauguration Day,' the memo said.
Oh my God, how many times do we have to go over this?
Passing a law you don't like is not illegal.
When the democratically-elected majority of both houses passes a bill and the democratically-elected President signs that bill into law, that is not an "end-around" on the American people. It is not a hit and run on the American people. It is not an alley-oop on the American people, or any other tortured sports analogy you care to make. It is how laws happen in a Democracy. Geezus, go back and watch Schoolhouse Rock.
And as to foreign policy, isn't generally accepted that foreign policy is under the prevue of the executive branch? And hey, it's not like he embroiled us in two decade-long debacles based on a pack of shameless lies or anything, right? Because that would be something you might have wanted to get upset about.
Oh, and also, this:
So fuck you, Boehner, you pathetic, weepy drunken little joke.