Republicans in the House of Representatives have approved a bill to move forward with a lawsuit against the President of the United States. I talked about this in an earlier post in regards to how I feel this lawsuit is indicative of a larger issue on how the Republicans treat President Obama. That being said, while the threat of the lawsuit was ridiculous enough, the vote to move forward actually proves that the GOP really doesn’t understand politics.
If John Boehner and the Republicans think that this is the way to win the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016, they are gravely misguided. They should realize that the lawsuit is actually a gift to President Obama and the Democrats; something that could potentially show it’s negative effects as early as the 2014 midterm elections. The timing of the lawsuit comes just before an upcoming August recess at a time when Congress has done almost nothing, compared to any other congressional class in history.
If Democrats want to capitalize on this, it will be up to them to tell the story. I will say, one thing that Republicans have been better at than Democrats on many issues, is controlling the narrative. If Democrats can use this issue to convince voters to reject the Republicans that are wasting taxpayer dollars on this lawsuit when bills on infrastructure, immigration reform, and the Veterans Affairs reform are left unaddressed, they may have a chance. Otherwise, we can expect the final two years of the Obama presidency to continue to have a split Congress and thus nothing will get done.
Related Real Talk Issues post on this issue –
Real Talk SATURDAY: Republicans Sue President Obama (July 12, 2014)
Politico – House votes to sue Obama
*Credit Associated Press for the photo.