House Speaker John Boehner, on Sunday, complaining about the White House:
"[T]oo often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action."
House Speaker John Boehner, four days later, complaining about the White House (thanks to my colleague Mike Yarvitz for the heads-up):
"This is about the legislative branch ... and it's not about executive actions."
I'm glad Boehner could clear this up for us.
We talked earlier about the Speaker's lawsuit and its lack of merit, but looking over the transcript from Boehner's press conference yesterday, it's hard not to get the impression that the House Republican leadership started with the answer (let's sue the President Obama), then struggled to work backwards (let's figure out why).
As a rule, this isn't how government is supposed to work.
Worse, it wasn't the only presidential criticism from Boehner's press conference that lacked coherence. When the issue of the border crisis came up, for example, a reporter noted that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned his party that if they do nothing, the GOP will "get blamed for perpetuating the problem."
"This is a problem of the president's own making!" Boehner replied, pointing to proof that doesn't exist. "He's been president for five-and-a-half years! When's he going to take responsibility for something?"
If the fury on Boehner's face was indicative of sincerity, the Speaker apparently believed what he was saying. Which is a shame, because this doesn't make any sense.