(Walt Handelsman via GoComics.com)
Dana Milbank finds the Republicans revolting, or in revolt, or something:
… It’s perhaps a sign of progress that the House Republicans are now focusing on suing Obama rather than impeaching him, which was discussed at an earlier meeting of the committee. But if they weren’t talking much about the “I-word,” as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) put it Wednesday, it’s only because “it’s an impractical tool,” as long as “we have Harry Reid as a shield in the Senate.”
But suing the president isn’t any more practical because the courts have long refused to settle such disputes between the elected branches. This means the proposed bills, and Wednesday’s hearing, were really about the GOP effort to delegitimize Obama…
The Republicans and their witnesses filled three hours with accusations and wild hypotheticals: “Tyranny.” “Dangerous and scary moment.” “Imperial presidency.” “Magisterial power.” “Effectively having a monarch.” “Alarming.” “Constitutional tipping point.” “Reeks of arrogance and conceit.”
“Neither the president nor the attorney general have the constitutional right to make or change laws themselves,” declared Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.). “That is what happens in a dictatorship or a totalitarian government.”
But with one crucial difference: You can’t file a frivolous lawsuit against a dictator.
Doesn’t seem to be helping with the actual target of their marketing efforts, namely the Rabid Reichtists:
… According to Larry Hart, the American Conservative Union’s director of government relations, “conservatism was on a decline in 2013 in Congress,” with fewer members moving to the right than he has seen in previous years.
“Only 16 members of the House earned a perfect ACU conservative rating of 100 percent, the lowest since 2006,” Hart wrote in a memo. “The number of senators with a perfect conservative rating of 100 percent decline from eight to three, Tom Coburn (Okla.), Ted Cruz (Texas), and Mike Lee (Utah).” Top scorers in the House included Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Trey Radel, a Florida Republican who recently resigned from Congress following an arrest and struggles with substance abuse.
Next week, the ACU will host the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists and Republican leaders, in Maryland. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will be among the dozens of GOP leaders and conservative power brokers who will speak at the event.
Christie, Palin, Ryan, the John Birch Society… Apparently this year’s CPAC theme is “Parade of the Has-Beens”.
Apart from schadenfreude, what’s on the agenda for the countdown to the end of this lousy February?