My must read of the day is “None Dare Call It Impeachment,” by Gail Collins, in the New York Times:
Rather than suing the president for everything he’s ever done, the Republicans tried to improve their legal prospects by picking a particular executive order. They settled on the one postponing enforcement of part of Obamacare that requires businesses to provide health coverage for their employees. “Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?” demanded Boehner.
“Not a single one of them voted for the Affordable Care Act,” said Louise Slaughter, the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee. “They spent $79 million holding votes to kill it. And now they’re going to sue him for not implementing it fast enough.”
We will look back on this moment in Washington as The Week That Irony Died.
This is ridiculous logic. The lawsuit, whether it’s a good idea or not, is not about what Republicans like, but what they believe is violating the Constitution.
Republicans hate the law, but they feel it’s more important to preserve the constitutional process. Their belief in the Constitution trumps their revulsion to the law. That’s not ironic at all.