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Boehner Sticks it Back to Obama

With President Obama about to finish what will no doubt be a dangerous new deal with Iran, House Speaker John Boehner today announced that he has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington to speak next month to Congress directly, bypassing the White House.

Obama, who mostly stuck it to Congress with a State of the Union speech that was long on flowery rhetoric about unity and cooperation and short on proposals that might unite, now finds himself on the receiving end of an insult. Boehner didn’t even consult the White House about the invitation.

It’s highly unusual for Congress to assume diplomatic powers for itself. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today whined that it was a “breach of protocol” because foreign leaders are first supposed to reach out to the White House before making plans to come to America. But with Obama writing his own legislation in the form of executive orders, the White House can hardly complain about protocols.

Everyone knows that Obama has no stomach for war with Iran. And everyone knows that the deal he will strike with Iran is likely to set Iran up to become a nuclear power on a moment’s notice. What better way to outline the dangers an Iranian bomb represents to all then to have Netanyahu come by and talk about it to the nation?

Obama has ignored Democrats and Republicans alike and treated the latter with disdain, even outright contempt. Same goes, pretty much, for his treatment of Netanyahu. What’s more, he’s on his third deadline with the Iran deal. He should not be surprised that the Republicans and the Israelis are taking matters into their own hands.

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who backs immediate new sanctions on Iran, accused the administration of placating the Iranians by worrying about how they would react to sanctions. “The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Iran,” Menendez said during a hearing at which administration officials appeared. “And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization, when they’re the ones with original sin.”

Boehner Reelected, but 25 Republicans Oppose

In a sign that conservatives will have no fear of defying him for the next two years, House Speaker Boehner was reelected today, but only as a group of 24 Republicans defected and voted for an assortment of other people, including themselves. Another Republican abstained.

There is speculation that, given the opposition and Boehner’s own ambivalence this year about running for reelection, this may well be Boehner’s last go-round as Speaker.

Here he is in tears, no surprise.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was elected Senate majority leader without opposition from within his own ranks.

GOP Leadership Allied with Obama on Spending Bill Dems Oppose

Do you want to know where Republican leaders are today? In bed with the White House, and enjoying every minute of it.

The House Republican leadership is desperate to pass a massive $1 trillion spending bill before the clock runs out on government funding at midnight. Obama wants it too. Conservatives hate it because it says nothing about the worst presidential power grab anyone can remember, the unilateral amnesty.

Pretty bad omen for next year, don’t you think?

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Meanwhile, many liberal Democrats despise the bill because Elizabeth Warren has them all worked up about provisions that loosens campaign finance and banking regulations. Nancy Pelosi pronounced herself “enormously disappointed” with the administration.

The bill has one sop for conservatives, extending funding for the Department of Homeland Security into February, when supposedly Republican leaders will lead the charge on their white horses to de-fund the executive order. Amazingly, Obama has accepted this. Plus the Wall Street and campaign finance stuff. And I’ll tell you exactly why.

Now, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest went through a bunch of mumbo jumbo today about the bill being good enough because it does not damage Obamacare, which is true, or Obama’s immigration fiat, or his climate change agenda, while it funds his Ebola response, his new Iraq war, and other things, and that we must avoid a shutdown for the good of the economy.

Now, when did Obama start worrying about government shutdowns and the economy?

I’ll tell you what he’s worried about. He’s worried about his Hawaii Christmas vacation.

Budget fights have mucked up a couple of his trips, forcing him to leave late and even one year return midway through and probably miss some golf. (Don’t worry, he went all the way back to Hawaii to finish the vacation, at taxpayer’s expense.) But during the seventh year of his presidency, when he’s already imagining himself spending his afternoons watching soap operas, this is just not gonna happen.

You think I’m kidding? Let me tell you the other half of this equation: Boehner likes his golf too. Members of Congress hate to be in Washington during Christmas. They need five weeks off around holiday time, just like average Americans.

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So the White House today is furiously lobbying Democrats – something it never does – to try to array them in an unholy alliance with Republican squishies to get the bill through.

And Republicans will miss a chance to have a showdown with Obama over his amnesty fiat at the moment he is weakest – tired, sick of it, and hoping to get away to palm trees and paradise on earth.

Oh, and instead of waiting until January to pass this monstrosity, when Republicans will be in charge of both the House and the Senate, America gets a full year of funding prescribed in part by the Senate’s vanquished Democrats.

Stop Them Before They Impeach! Send Five Dollars Today.

As you may be aware, the White House has been talking up the possibility that President Obama is going to be impeached – IMPEACHED, I TELL YA – by Republicans.

Well, Democratic fundraisers, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, have been talking it up too and raising tons of cash on the possibility. Nothing like a little fear and loathing to get the money pot stirring.

This, even though nobody serious on Capitol Hill is talking about it, and most conservatives have come to realize impeachment would be politically disastrous. In fact, that’s why they’re suing Obama instead.

Well, ABC’s Jonathan Karl wanted to know today if the White House is being used as platform for raising cash. He quizzed White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about whether the White House was coordinating with the DCCC on the OMG, they’re going to impeach the president meme.

House Speaker John Beohner today called the impeachment talk what it is, a “scam” being run out of the White House.

What’s going on is, memories of 1998 are dancing in Democrats’ heads. It was the sixth year of Bill Clinton’s presidency, a midterm year that should have been disastrous for them, but they gained seats in the House as Republicans cranked up the impeachment machinery.

Boehner, who was the fourth ranking House Republican at the time, well remembers the episode. Then-Speaker Gingrich was predicting a gain of more than 20 seats, and the GOP lost five. Gingrich was soon out as Speaker, and Boehner was jettisoned from the leadership as well.

Thus the passion you see above. Impeachment has now been converted, by executive action of the Speaker of the House, from an 11-letter to a four-letter word.

Obama Tacitly Rejects Boehner’s Lawsuit

The system is rigged!

That’s the conclusion of our president about the essential unfairness and repression that exists in the United States, used as justification for continuing to “go it alone” without Congress.

The system. What system?

Is this some college dorm bullshit session where we toss around the latest observations from our favorite Marxist Poli Sci professor?

No, it’s this week’s weekly presidential address, in which President Obama makes clear the important work of fixing the system and fighting Republicans who hate middle class Americans is too important for him to be bothered by John Boehner’s lawsuit, which seeks to rein in Obama’s use of the West Wing to craft legislation.

From the address:

Republicans in Congress keep blocking or voting down almost every serious idea to strengthen the middle class.  This year alone, they’ve said no to raising the minimum wage, no to fair pay, no to student loan reform, no to extending unemployment insurance.  And rather than invest in education that helps working families get ahead, they actually voted to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.

This obstruction keeps the system rigged for those at the top, and rigged against the middle class.  And as long as they insist on doing it, I’ll keep taking actions on my own – like the actions I’ve taken already to attract new jobs, lift workers’ wages, and help students pay off their loans.  I’ll do my job.  And if it makes Republicans in Congress mad that I’m trying to help people out, they can join me, and we’ll do it together.

The point is, we could do so much more as a country – as a strong, tight-knit family – if Republicans in Congress were less interested in stacking the deck for those at the top, and more interested in growing the economy for everybody.

What a crappy country this must be in the mind of Obama. Rigged for rich. Nothing for the poor. Nothing for the middle class.

And people like Obama actually have the nerve to think of others as simplistic.

Video || Koffler Talks House Lawsuit on the TV Set

Here I am back on One America News Network’s Rick Amato show, discussing yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on presidential appointments, John Boehner’s lawsuit against the White House, and one or two other things. Sorry about the sound quality, it’s recorded off my laptop. OANN, the growing conservative news channel, is on AT&T’s channel 208 and in… Continue Reading

Boehner Opts for Impeachment Lite

House Speaker John Boehner today said the House would sue President Obama for all the end runs he has done around Congress. Obama has violated the spirit of some laws, the letter of others, and ignored still more of them. But Boehner’s lawsuit could take years – possibly not even being completed until after Obama… Continue Reading

Boehner to Convene Benghazi Special Committee

House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday that he will convene a select committee to investigate Benghazi, ending months of resistance to conservative demands that the laser focus of a special panel be brought to bear on perhaps the worst scandal surrounding the Obama administration. In doing so, Boehner rejected White House claims that a newly uncovered email,… Continue Reading

Boehner Blames GOP for Shutdown

Appearing on the Jay Leno show last night, House Speaker John Boehner agreed with Democrats that Republicans were to blame for last year’s government shutdown. What’s more, he revealed he never believed in the fight and just went along because his caucus demanded it. Listen, I told my colleagues in July I didn’t think shutting… Continue Reading

White House, Republicans Begin to Talk

President Obama met with a group of about 18 leading Republicans late this afternoon at the White House , where the two sides discussed a proposal by House Speaker John Boehner to raise the debt limit until just before Thanksgiving. I don’t know if you want to call them negotiations – certainly the White House doesn’t… Continue Reading