Following House Speaker John Boehner’s assertion that he is pursuing a lawsuit against Barack Obama, experts on both sides of the aisle have weighed in on the pros and cons of taking such an action.
Boehner has earned praise among some who feel he is actually taking a stand against Obama’s excessive reliance on executive power. Others, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, however, describe the move as little more than political posturing.
The Democrat leader ridiculed Boehner’s lawsuit and its supporters from the Senate floor Monday.
“House members would rather waste dollars than accept the fact that their constituents are benefiting from health care reform,” he suggested.
He went on to describe the push to hold Obama accountable for his actions as mere Republican partisanship.
“This is a phony trial that will come up,” he alleged. “It’s a show trial. It’s what Republicans want.”
Perhaps the most bizarre segment of his rant came when he imagined how the proceedings would be handled in a popular television courtroom.
“If that’s what they want,” he said of the suit, “they should talk to Judge Judy. I think she would throw this case out in half a second.”
The comment opened Reid up to widespread social media mockery.
No one is suing Harry Reid because Judge Judy would declare that he’s not competent to stand trial… http://t.co/ggSud4v8u0
— Nevada Brad (@nevadabrad) July 14, 2014
LOL REAL WORLD HARRY REAL WORLD Harry Reid: Boehner’s Lawsuit Would Be Thrown Out By Judge Judy http://t.co/IrcafnWyPS
— HETEROSEXUAL WOMAN ™ (@tracieeeeee) July 14, 2014
Reid was not finished attacking the lawsuit. He suggested that the GOP wanted to sue Obama for agreeing with their position.
“Republicans demand the employer provision in ObamaCare be delayed,” he said. “President Obama agrees to delay the employer provision – and House Republicans sue President Obama for delaying the employer provision.”
Reid drove his point home with some rhetorical flourish.
“Is this weird?” he asked. “Is this weird? I can answer my own question. Yes, it is weird.”
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