Excuse my language here, but sometimes you can’t make this shit up…
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225 to 201 on Wednesday to authorizeSpeaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to sue President Barack Obama and others in his administration for failure to fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Ironically, all of those Republicans voting for a lawsuit to force faster implementation of the healthcare reform law have repeatedly backed its full repeal. Five Republicans joined every Democrat present in opposing the measure.
The resolution gives Boehner the authority to file or intervene federal court cases “to seek any appropriate relief regarding the failure of the President, the head of any department or agency, or any other officer or employee of the executive branch, to act in a manner consistent with that official’s duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States” relating to failure to implement provisions of Obamacare. ” The aim of this, Boehner has stated, is to sue the Obama for “his decision to extend — twice — the deadline to institute the employer mandate in his health care law.”(Think Progress)
So let me get this straight: the House won’t work on immigration reform, transportation issues, employment anti-discrimination legislation…but they’ll vote to sue the President for using his legal authority under the law to exercise transition relief with regards to the ACA, as accorded to the executive branch under section 7805a of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows the government to postpone implementation of legislative acts within certain limits. Sometimes, I seriously have to wonder if we shouldn’t just isolate the House of Representatives so that their insanity doesn’t infect the rest of America…that is, if it isn’t already too late to do so.
Someone needs to tell Dana Milbank to stop hitting the mescaline so damn hard when he’s writing for WaPo…
The prevailing view is that a Republican Senate would only compound Obama’s woes by bottling up confirmations, doubling the number of investigations and chipping away at Obamacare and other legislative achievements.
Yet there’s a chance that having an all-Republican Congress would help Obama — and even some White House officials have wondered privately whether a unified Republican Congress would be better than the current environment. Republicans, without Harry Reid to blame, would own Congress — a body that inspires a high level of confidence in just 7 percent of Americans, according to a Gallup survey last month finding Congress at a new low and at the bottom of all institutions tested.(Washington Post)
Sure, a Republican-controlled Senate will give Obama an out if nothing else moves forward, Dana…and I’m also going to be able to someday score a date with U.S. Women’s soccer star Alex Morgan, aren’t I? Continuing on…
There would be no more excuses for Republicans’ failure to put forward their own health-care plan, immigration proposals, specific cuts to popular government programs, and pet causes involving abortion, birth control and gay rights. This would set up real clashes with Obama — who could employ the veto pen he hasn’t used a single time since Republicans gained control of the House in 2010 — and sharp contrasts that would put him on the winning side of public opinion.
It is not hard to imagine a Republican takeover of the Senate causing conservatives in both chambers to overreach. House Republicans would get more pressure from their base to take a swing at impeachment, because the odds of convicting Obama in the Senate would be better (if still prohibitive). Alternatively, Republican leaders, recognizing that the public will hold them responsible now that they have complete control of Congress, might try to compromise with Obama.(Washington Post)
If your brain hasn’t yet dissolved into congealed mash yet, Milbank continues…
Alternatively, Republican leaders, recognizing that the public will hold them responsible now that they have complete control of Congress, might try to compromise with Obama…
…I hold out hope that a Congress under unified Republican control might react the way it did during Bill Clinton’s presidency, producing a balanced budget and welfare reform.(Washington Post)
The more I read Dana Milbank’s analysis here, the more its’ like having Tim Conway as your dentist; the process might be funny to watch but the end result would royally suck. Put simply, this is not the same GOP that Bill Clinton worked with during his presidency; four+ years of Tea Party poison have forever altered the Republican Party into something that is nigh-impossible to understand, let alone reason with.
And Dana Milbank thinks letting them run both ends of Congress might make things better? Forget the mescaline; me thinks Milbank’s been drinking from a vat of Moloko Plus.
Man, it must suck like hell to be Speaker John of Orange, doesn’t it?
Congressman Louie Goober Gohmert appeared on Cavuto’s show to waggle his finger at Speaker Boehner for his ridicule of Gohmert’s Tea Party brigade and their resistance to sane immigration reform.
Claiming Boehner wants Republicans to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in November, Gohmert went on to call the Speaker “Tammy Faye Boehner”. He then went on a rant slamming Boehner for being weak on securing the border and threatening to remove the Speaker’s gavel from Boehner’s hand forever. He extended that threat to any other Republican who dared to vote for any immigration reform.(Crooks & Liars)
Bring the popcorn, folks!
Back in October 2013, I wrote about how Rep. Ted Yoho was an idiot…apparently, he’s outdone even that episode of idiocracy by going the Rand Paul route:
Tea Party Congressman Ted Yoho joined a growing number of conservatives who are questioning if the Civil Rights Act is constitutional. You may remember whenRachel Maddow made Sen. Rand Paul look like a fool and destroyed him over his anti-civil right’s stance. (see video) The Tea party is comprised of so many nutty people with wacked out notions about our country it’s no wonder people like Paul and Yoho are questioning if the Civil Rights Act violates freedom.(Crooks & Liars)
Think Progress has Yoho’s words (when asked by a constituent at a recent town-hall meeting)…and boy, are they head-scratchingly stupid:
FLOURNOY: Do you think that any part of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 [sic], do you think any part of that is constitutional? And then if you’d discuss why. […]
YOHO: This country grew through a lot of growing pain. We’re going through it again. As we grow as a country and prosper, we’re going to go through it again in the future. That’s why I’m so thankful for the Constitution because it allows us to do that. Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act? I wish I could answer that 100 percent. I know a lot of things that were passed are not constitutional, but I know it’s the law of the land.(Think Progress)
Yeah…he went there. What the hell is with Republicans and their seeming opposition currently to civil rights?
With all the precincts having reported in, Republicans held on to Florida’s 13th Congressional District as David Jolly held off by roughly 3,400 votes Democratic challenger Alex Sink in an election many were watching as a possible bellwether for November’s midterm elections.
Put simply, given, (a)the dynamics of this district (moderate district which splits votes between both parties), (b)the fact that Republicans had all but thrown their candidate under the bus in recent weeks (as opposed to the well-run campaign of his Democratic opponent) and (c)the fact that this race was seen as a test of whether Democrats could run successfully against GOP attacks over Obamacare, tonight’s results are not a good omen for November. On the other hand, this is a special election, so make of it what you will.
Normally, I’d say something pithy and condescending about yet another attempt by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act…but having lost count of how many times I’ve said something on this topic, I think I’m just going to quote U.S. Women’s National Team star Alex Morgan on this one….seriously?
House Republicans haven’t really gotten the hang of that whole making health care law thing, but they sure have perfected the voting to tear it down bit.
–House Republicans are poised to reach a new milestone as they gear up for their 50th vote to repeal or dismantle Obamacare.
“You know what they say: 50th time is the charm,” mocked President Barack Obama.
The House is set to vote Wednesday on a bill by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) to effectively delay the individual mandate for one year by reducing the penalty in 2014 for not buying insurance from $95 to $0. (Inclement weather in Washington could conceivably delay the bill further.)(Daily Kos)
Quoting the aforementioned Alex Morgan once more….SERIOUSLY?
About five-and-a-half months ago, I mentioned something about the 2014 Senate race in Mississippi and made reference to the possibility of a former Congressman deciding to run in the Democratic primary…guess what?
Former Rep. Travis Childers will be announcing he’s running for the Senate seat in Mississippi, according to two sources familiar with his decision, giving Democrats a chance to capitalize on the Republican division within the state.
Childers made his decision official Friday afternoon. “I look forward to formally launching my campaign and traveling to every corner of our great state in the weeks to come. Mississippians know that I have a solid record of being an independent guy who will work across party lines and stand up to the powers that be when needed. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue to put Mississippi’s middle class first,” he said in a statement.
Childers, a Blue Dog Democrat, held a solidly Republican House seat from 2008 to 2010, proving his ability to win over conservative voters despite his Democratic affiliation. Democrats are hoping that conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel topples longtime Sen. Thad Cochran in a June primary—a development they believe will make the race highly competitive.
“He’s certainly a first-tier candidate. We expect this to be a first-tier race,” said one Mississippi-based Democratic operative. “The Republican primary is very uncertain right now, and we believe the tea-party candidate will make a strong showing.”
Childers is following a similar path to Sen. Joe Donnelly, who jumped from the House into a 2012 Senate race against Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana, hoping he would lose to a conservative rival. Lugar lost the primary to Richard Mourdock, whose outspoken conservatism proved out of step, even in a Republican-friendly state.(National Journal)
Now, to be fair, as I stated back in late October 2013, when the possibility first arose that Rep. Childers would jump into the race, that given Mississippi’s deep-red tinge, that it would be a long-shot victory for Democrats’, especially given that the last time a major Democrat (former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove) ran for either of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats, Musgrove got thrashed a bit by then-Rep. Roger Wicker…ironically, that left the door open for Childers to win the mid-08 special election, followed by the Nov. 2008 general election, so Democrats can still win in Mississippi…the question, though, is going to be whether national Dems’ will give Childers a shot of money and ad space to support what would be a long-shot bid.
If they’re smart (and if the polling indicates a close race), I say go for it; make Republican fight on what would admittedly be their turf; at the very least, it would force the GOP to consider spending their own money their (as opposed to other states in this election cycle). Regardless of what happens, it is good to see that Democrats are still fighting in the Magnolia State…