Hypocrisy Watch: House GOP sues Obama, then demands executive action

How can they keep a straight face?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Republican leadership put out a statement yesterday demanding that President Obama take action on immigration.

“There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries,”  the statement read.

Time out!

Did they really say there “are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action”? 

This is the same gang that just the day before led a vote in the House to sue the president for acting without out congressional approval.

The hypocrisy is compounded by the Republicans’ complete inability to take what they call “congressional action” on the border situation. 

On Thursday, they couldn’t even cobble up a phony-baloney, dead-end bill that their own caucus would vote for, never mind the Senate. They stayed in town one extra day so they could put together a different phony-baloney, dead-end bill.

Even a fan of the lawsuit like conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer thought this was over the top.

“It is ridiculous to sue the president on a Wednesday because he oversteps the law, as he has done a dozen times illegally and unconstitutionally, and then on a Thursday say that he should overstep the law, contradict the law that passed in 2008 and deal with this himself,” Krauthammer said on Fox News.

What are these guys putting in their tea at those parties?

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