Little Johnny Bo
ehner has been bitching about President Obama’s supposed “executive overreach”, and how that mean old Prexy has been violating the Constitution’s Separation of Powers doctrine. So what does the Speaker do next? Why, he violates that very doctrine himself via legislative overreach. (“Grimy arse”, said the pot to the kettle.)
ehner, you see, doesn’t like the way we are negotiating a treaty (an executive branch power) with Iran, so he invited Bibi Neti, the PM of Israel, to f*** up the negotiations address Congress. This without involving the President. That is a legislative power grab of unprecedented proportions.
ehner isn’t even trying to pretend. He says, straight out, that he is trying to take over treaty negotiations:
That invitation to address Congress, extended by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, marked a sharp rejection of Obama’s plea for Congress to stay out of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. If Congress votes to sanction Iran, Obama had warned, it could upset delicate and long-running talks.
Boehner said he would ignore the president’s demand, taking the unusual step of inviting a foreign leader directly into an American political debate.
Obama “expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran,” Boehner told fellow Republicans at a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning, according remarks provided by a senior GOP aide. “Two words: ‘Hell no!’ . . . We’re going to do no such thing.”
Boehner also told reporters Wednesday morning that he did not speak with Obama before inviting Netanyahu to address Congress.
The Speaker’s pot arse is far grimier than the Prexy’s kettle one. If Bo
ehner were truly concerned about the Constitution, he would not be using an agent of a foreign power to kneecap the President while Obama is negotiating with another, unfriendly, nation.
Mr. Blunt and Cranky