In 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.