Almost anywhere you look, Republican office-holders and Republican candidates for public office complain about lawsuits and what they consider to be abuses of the legal system. It’s too easy to sue, they insist; something – something! – must be done. Even when there aren’t too many lawsuits, or when the number of suits declines, it’s still a favorite Republican lament: stop turning to the courts to solve your problems. Elected officials, they insist, not the courts, should decide the issues of the day.
(The unspoken part: people who don’t support us politically are suing the people who do, and those political friends, supporters, and contributors are giving us really, really good money to help get you people off their backs.)
But now it looks like suing is going to become a new page in the Republican political playbook.
That’s because House Speaker John Boehner, he of the orange skin and lachrymose mien, has decided that since he and his Republican counterpart in the Senate can’t run their chambers effectively and pass legislation defining what the president can and cannot do, he’ll sue the president instead.
It’s weak. The House keeps passing bills abolishing Obamacare even though it knows the Senate won’t even consider them, and for Republicans in the House, that passes for “action.” Boehner could stop those pointless votes but he doesn’t. Boehner could introduce legislation that addresses specific aspects of Obamacare that bother him and his colleagues, but he doesn’t. No, it’s easier for the most powerful Republican in the country to admit that he can’t do anything with the House of Representatives he ostensibly runs and settle for doing what he and his colleagues constantly say they hate: suing.
What’s even funnier about the suit Boehner reportedly is planning is that he wants to sue the president for (among other things) delaying implementation of some aspects of Obamacare because the administration isn’t ready to implement them. So let’s go through this: the House keeps passing bills to abolish Obamacare, but at the same time, the leader of the House wants to sue the president for failing to implement the very bill he and his colleagues really want to abolish.
What’s wrong with this logic?