Update: Our smart idea is catching on. We still think the Egyptian President and the Mayor of Rotterdam should be next on the list. While Obama whines about the smart GOP move others are coming along with us with additional suggestions. Democrats whine: Boehner broke with protocol by inviting Netanyahu without telling Obama first:
Let’s hope the Netanyahu invitation is just the first of many, then. One minor but symbolic way that Boehner can strike back at Obama’s executive overreach is to invite various western leaders to speak whose own policies align more with Congress’s than the White House’s. First invitee, obviously, should be Stephen Harper to discuss the benefits of building the Keystone pipeline. Next invite goes to French prime minister Manuel Valls, who declared war on an enemy that our own leaders are now afraid to name. Third invite could go to Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi, who’ll have an interesting view, I’ll bet, on whether Obama was right in the SOTU that we’re making gains against ISIS in Syria. If Boehner can’t stop Obama from blowing up separation of powers, he could at least invite foreign dignitaries to reality-check him.
The smartest SOTU coverage? It was here. We entirely ignored the boob-a-palooza.
We ignored the Obama SOTU this week. That alone cements our claim to have provided the best coverage. But there are other, earlier reasons to consider our coverage as the best.
Consider, on the day after the November 2014 elections we begged Republicans to do just one little thing… just one little thing we begged:
But there is an issue of such paramount importance that it must go to the forefront in the battle against treacherous Barack Obama. This issue has the added benefit that it can be successfully fought and won because so many Obama Dimocrats will likely join with Republicans to fight Obama.
We might get our wish. The Keystone Pipeline issue is small potatoes (less relevant to with the drop in oil prices) and should not be the keystone of Republican opposition to Obama. Make the fight about something really meaningful. Make our wish come true congressional Republicans.
Barack Obama is like a cracked LP record from before CDs and the digital world of MP3s. Obama repeats and repeats and repeats his threat to veto any new Iran sanctions bill passed by Congress. Now Boner has trumped the bonehead with a smart move which we kinda sorta begged for too.
Hey, when he does something this smart let’s call “Boner” by his proper name and title – Speaker of the House, The Honorable John Andrew Boehner.
Immediately after the Muslim terrorist attacks in Paris we suggested that Republicans in control of Congress invite the Egyptian President to address a joint session of Congress:
The new Republican controlled Congress of the United States should invite Egyptian President Fattah al-Sisi to speak before a joint session – soon after Barack Obama delivers his “State of the Union” speech. This would not require permission from Barack Obama so it can be done easily and would be a powerful rebuke of Obama’s appeasement/pro-Muslim Brotherhood policies.
In an update we added the Mayor of Rotterdam to the invite list. Well, we didn’t get our invites but we did get the Israeli Prime Minister. Yeah. Boehner rolls out welcome mat to Netanyahu for Iran speech.
Boner, er, Speaker of the House, The Honorable John Andrew Boehner, done did real good. He borrowed our idea and tweaked it to help get votes for a new Iran sanctions bill which will need 67 votes to override the Obama veto.
Speaker of the House, The Honorable John Andrew Boehner added bitch-slap to injury when he issued the invite to the Israeli Prim Minister without consultation with Obama or the State Department:
President Obama warned Congress last night that he would veto any sanctions legislation on Iran, saying it would derail U.S. negotiations in the Middle East. But John Boehner isn’t ready to sit out the battle over Iran’s nuclear program, and on Wednesday, he invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress next month.
“[Obama’s] exact message to us was: ‘Hold your fire.’ He expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran. Two words: ‘Hell no!‘” Boehner said during his weekly press briefing on Wednesday. “We’re going to do no such thing.”
Boehner said that he did not consult with the White House before extending the invitation to Netanyahu. And the White House is not happy, because it heard about the invite from Boehner’s office, not from the Israelis.
Boehner’s office confirmed that Netanyahu has accepted, and will give a speech to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 11. The date is significant: It’s the 36th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. [snip]
The speaker said in a statement Wednesday that he invited Netanyahu “to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life.”
This is real smart. And it is not just for show;
Boehner’s invite adds fuel to a potential showdown between Congress and the White House over Iran, one that could lead to the first successful veto override of Obama’s tenure as president. Twelve Democrats in the Senate have previously cosponsored legislation to impose sanctions on Iran. If they continue to call for sanctions alongside their Republican colleagues, the Senate may have the two-thirds majority necessary to override an Obama veto.
This might not only help get the votes to override an Obama veto but might also help Netanyahu win his election which will take place on March 17 of this year. Way to go Speaker of the House, The Honorable John Andrew Boehner!
Heavens to Mergatroyd, Heavens to Betsy even… this all sounds too good to be true. No way, just no way Obama Dimocrats will dump Obama in order to fight for truth, justice, and the American way. No way right? Way:
Menendez: Obama Iran Rhetoric Sounds ‘Straight Out Of Tehran’
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) criticized the Obama administration’s Iran rhetoric for sounding “like talking points that come straight out of Tehran” and supporting “the Iranian narrative of victimization” before a Senate hearing on Wednesday.
“The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran. And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization, when they are the ones with original sin, an illicit nuclear weapons program going back over the course of 20 years that they are unwilling to come clean on. So I don’t know why we feel compelled to make their case” he stated.
This Netanyahu invite and focus on Iran sanctions is the third smart move by the GOP. The first two came before the November 2014 elections. If this keeps up we’ll have to retire the “Boner” and refer to him with the longer moniker – Speaker of the House, The Honorable John Andrew Boehner.