John Boehner Preparing to Throw Another Legal Hissy Fit Because He Couldn’t Defeat President Obama

John BoehnerIn the past I’ve used the analogy of the “boy who cried wolf” to describe the Republican party’s attitude toward President Obama. Since before he even took the Oath of Office, Republicans have been lying, fear-mongering and doing just about anything they possibly can to make the American people think President Obama is some evil boogyman who’s out to destroy the United States.

In a lot of ways, their fear-mongering has worked. It really is astonishing to me how many conservatives honestly can’t name a factual statement about this president. From polls showing that many blame him for Hurricane Katrina (even though that happened 3 years before he was even elected), to most Republicans doubting if he’s even a Christian, the lies being told by the GOP concerning this president have been completely ridiculous.

So it comes as absolutely no surprise that the GOP has been losing its mind over the nuclear deal President Obama struck with Iran. From childish letters set to the Iranian government, to blatant attempts to sabotage the deal, it’s been absolutely pathetic how many of these congressional Republicans have been acting.

Then again, this is exactly what I would expect. If there’s one thing that’s predictable in government right now, it’s that if President Obama supports something, Republicans are going to go overboard with their opposition to it.

As he’s done for the last 6+ years, President Obama has once again outsmarted the GOP, securing the support in the Senate he needed to block any attempt by Republicans to kill this deal. In other words, Democracy wins.

Naturally, this has spawned an even bigger hissy fit from the GOP. In fact, House Speaker John Boehner recently suggested that he might sue the Obama administration over the Iran deal.

“If you read the provisions in [the congressional review law], it’s pretty clear that the president has not complied,” Boehner said Thursday during his weekly news conference. “Because it makes clear that any side agreements and any other type of an agreement including those that do not directly involve us must be turned over as part of it. I do not believe that he’s complied.”

He also went on to say the deal is “worse than anything I could’ve ever imagined.”

First, he loses all credibility (not that he really had any to begin with) when he uses hyperbole like “worse than anything I could’ve ever imagined.” He goes out and says something ridiculous like that – even though 75 nuclear and arms control experts have endorsed the deal. Yet it’s supposedly worse than anything he could have ever imagined?


Not only that, but I loved how he worded his support for a possible lawsuit as “I do not believe he’s complied.” That’s really just code for “I know this lawsuit will ultimately be pointless, because there’s really no legal basis for it, but I’m likely going to waste time and money anyway because I need to pander to conservatives.”

This is just another example of Republicans throwing a tempter tantrum because they’re not getting their way. It really has reached a point where I have to ask myself, “Are we dealing with adults or children here?”

When it comes to the Republican party nowadays, I struggle trying to tell the difference.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    DEAL: “an agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit, especially in a business or political context

    TREATY: “a formally concluded and ratified agreement between countries.”

    Treaties are deals but deals are not always treaties. Treaties are a subset of deals. The Iran “deal” is a treaty by definition. This is important because the Constitution requires that “[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…” It doesn’t say anything about cutting “deals”. Once again, Congress, Boehner included, seems content to forfeit its power to the Executive branch.

    • Nicholas A Kocal

      This is NOT a treaty. It is an agreement worked out by SIX countries on one side (China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, and the United States) and Iran on the other side. All a vote to disagree with this agreement would do is show that the United States cannot be trusted in any negotiation. The other countries have already agreed and will be dropping their sanctions. US sanctions alone are worthless. And the ONLY reason that republicans do not support the deal is because the refuse to support President Obama because they refuse to support a black man in their White House.

      • strayaway

        According to the dictionary this is a treaty: “a formally concluded and ratified agreement between countries.”
        Is this formal? Yes
        Is this between the US and Iran? Yes
        Does the Constitution require that 2/3 of the Senate pass treaties? Yes
        Is whatever other countries are perceived to “think” more important than observing Constitutional law? No, not to me anyway.

        Why are you hiding behind semantics and a poor choice of words at that? Treaties are agreements with those specific ingredients. I hope it gets approved as a treaty because I haven’t heard that this treaty is better than embargoes against Iran and other acts of war. I also hope it gets apporved as a treaty because that would be better than attacking the Constitution. Also, I haven’t come across any proof of secret side agreements. If this is not passed as a treaty, the next Congress could cancel it or if we had another president like Obama, he/she might use executive orders to ignore this legislation. That will be your karma. Get of the racist crap. Obama’s policies in the middle east are a continuation of Bush’s failed policies and besides, maybe Obama’s inadequacies are because he is half white.

      • Jim Bean

        Ah, yes, the old fail-safe for defending Obama from every single criticism for going on 10 years now – race baiting. That’s reason enough to never again elect another minority to POTUS unless he’s a Republican.

      • Nicholas A Kocal

        yet you ignore the FIVE other countries that were involved, ignore the Israeli generals and intelligence agents who support the deal, ignore the US generals and internal relations experts who support the deal. So what other reason is there? So yes, it is racism and denying it does NOT make it go away.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Anybody heard ANYTHING from Boehner’s tantrum to sue Obama over immigration (after the Repubs promised to make immigration their first priority for the next year and then doing nothing) ? Or from Boehner subsequently being authorized to hire a lawyer to sue Obama on behalf of the House when they still hadn’t done anything about immigration before adjourning ?

    • Edward Krebbs

      With the long line of Boehner’s very public statements about lawsuits, what would it take to make him liable for some sort of malicious prosecution / harassment / multiple baseless lawsuits ? And then to be ordered by the court to pay the White House all costs (preferably with 3x damages ?

      (I can dream can’t I?)

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      • Jillz

        I wish someone on the left would start suing every time a slanderous lie is publicized by a so-called “lawmaker” on the right; and I wish a group of citizens would band together with a class action lawsuit and sue the House of Representatives for breach of fiduciary duty for their ongoing wasting of tax dollars.