USA Today Editorial Board: Boehner Lawsuit is a ‘Political Sideshow’


The USA Today Editorial board elaborates what Americans have long known: Boehner’s frivolous lawsuit is nothing but a lame, political stunt.  Look at what they have to say:

This week, before the House leaves for its August recess, the GOP majority is expected to approve a lawsuit against Obama.

the lawsuit focuses solely on a small part of Obamacare, one that Republicans themselves would love to see delayed forever. A fair-minded look at the suit’s merits suggests it’s really more of a political grudge match, one in which the GOP is seeking an outcome it hasn’t been able to achieve at the polls or through the legislative process.

For one thing, Obama’s temporary delay to part of the health law doesn’t seem much different from President George W. Bush’s action in 2006 to extend the deadline and waive penalties for certain seniors who hadn’t signed up in time for the new Medicare prescription drug program. Both presidents appeared to be making reasonable, short-term accommodations to reality, and courts have traditionally given the executive branch broad discretion in implementing complex new laws.

The ultimate remedy when Congress believes the president has acted unconstitutionally is impeachment…About the only good thing that can be said for Boehner’s lawsuit is that it’s clearly meant to deflect the hard-right fervor for impeaching Obama.

“Opportunities for dragging the courts into disputes hitherto left for political resolution are endless,” conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in a dissent last year. Putting the “political arm wrestling” between the president and Congress into the courts “does not do the system a favor,” Scalia added.

Not only that, the power of so-called activist judges would soar if the courts began routinely refereeing disagreements between the other two branches. Is that really what Boehner and his colleagues want?

Boehner claims he’s “defending the Constitution,” but Americans know he’s pandering to the extreme Tea Party base – especially after Republicans in the House Rules Committee rejected 11 amendments from House Democrats that would’ve increased transparency and accountability.  When will Republicans drop their radical obstructionism and get serious about legislating for Americans and the middle class?

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