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"If irony were bananas, Boehner would be Brazil."

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Another snark-filled guest post by the one, the only Will Durst, who's having a little fun with John Boehner, the idiocy of the GOP and their embarrassing effort to achieve Impeachment Lite by way of an impotent lawsuit attempt. Take it away, Will:

PANDORA’S BOX OF WORMS

In a move less surprising than hot dogs at a ballgame, the House of Representatives voted Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue the President of the United States. This isn’t like a divorce, or a civil suit for money, it’s more of a restraining order. They want Obama to quit trying to resuscitate the government they’ve been working so hard to render unconscious.

On one hand, it’s a brilliant tactical move. Nobody can call them a Do-Nothing Congress anymore. “Do nothing? What are you talking about? We sued the President.” Many see the action as a stopgap measure to quiet the crazies on the right, who continue to demand nothing less than impeachment. And this is Impeachment Lite.

Problem is, they did it immediately before scurrying home on a five- week summer recess, so its not like a multitude of other accomplishments are destined to overwhelm this freakish folly in the near future. This being an important upcoming break, in which Congress will engage in the pivotal business of meeting with constituents and squeezing money out of them for their re-election. Does the term, “every last dime” have any meaning here?

The excuse given for the lawsuit is Obama illegally delayed the implementation of Obama Care. Seriously. That’s what he claims to be mad at. Not just the very same Obama Care the Speaker and his buddies tried to scuttle over half a hundred times. But the very same delayed implementation to Obama Care the Speaker and his buddies tried to pass. If irony were bananas, Boehner would be Brazil.

Obviously something had to be done. Getting way too close to the midterms to try and repeal Obama care anymore. Turns out people like it. Even the Tea Party has moved on, which is like saying the train fell over. Immigration reform is their new chew toy, which also went down in flames due to internecine warfare. National political gridlock is old hat: internal party gridlock is the coming thing.

To be honest, Democrats love this kind of talk. Their fervent hope is Boehner continues to contract heat prostration working on his tan. Nothing opens the spigot on the donation hose faster than GOP intransigence. It may be nothing more than a fund raising stunt but it works for everybody. Seems like the crazier the Speaker and his buddies get, the more money for the November elections. For both sides.

Makes a person wonder what’s next: is Boehner going to sue Sarah Palin for being reluctant to say ridiculous things? Take Mitt Romney to court for refusing to dominate the headlines the last 2 years? Charge the Supreme Court with voting along party lines too often?

There are so many things wrong with this move, you need a rubber spread sheet and an accountant on Thorazine to work them all out. By suing the Chief Executive, you’re not just opening any box of worms; you’re opening Pandora’s box of worms. Worms with Greek teeth. And venomous talons.

This could very well work as a template to screw things up in Congress for the history of eternity. Of course if the case does persist and follows the average speed of your normal federal lawsuit, it won’t see the light of day until much much later. Probably the middle of Hillary Clinton’s 2nd term.

Copyright ©2014, Will Durst. Will Durst is an award- winning, nationally acclaimed political comic. Go to willdurst.com to find about more about the new documentary film “3 Still Standing,” and a calendar guide to personal appearances including his new one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG.”

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"Not a skit! Our actual Congress! Gaaa!"

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Not a skit, our actual Congress, gaa! Maddow

Our own Sherry Hardy covered Rachel Maddow's edible take-down of the Worst Congress Ever in her post, 'Get Out and Push', Says Maddow of the Useless, U.S. Congress. Maddow went ballistic, and rightfully so. Wowee, do GOP obstructionists suck, and yes, I'm using the official elitist left vernacular. Before going any further, I have to share a couple of the best parts from the segment Sher put up. And by "best" I mean most relatable, because Rachel's Moment of Gaa! was surely felt by many of us. Here are four very short clips (under a minute each) that represent some of her best outbursts. Here she is, blasting Congress to smithereens, and by Congress she meant Republican members thereof:

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Maddow:

"Not a skit! Our actual Congress! Gaaa!"

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Maddow:

"This is truly historic failure."

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All of this brings us to today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor in which readers responded to former Rep. David Dreier op-ed that was meant "to assure readers that it's not as bad as it seems in Congress. The nearly unanimous response from the nearly two dozen readers who sent us letters: Are you serious?"

Here you go, because our voices matter:

It's been tried many times before, the guilty claiming innocence by accusing the victim.

Dreier does just that. He blames the people for being divided, implying that the members of Congress themselves are not at fault. This is why only 13% of Americans approve of Congress, according to a January Gallup poll. Eighty seven percent of the people being of one mind in their disapproval doesn't sound like division.

Fewer laws have been passed by this Congress than by any other in the last 65 years, and Dreier says it's not really that bad. I think it is time for a reality check.

Frances Pin, Marina del Rey

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Dreier deludes himself and, even more sadly, us.

We have a do-nothing Congress not because Americans are deeply divided. Important legislative efforts on immigration, the minimum wage and gun control did not die because of deep division, as a large majority of Americans favored these measures.

Is Dreier saying that shutting down the government and threatening its solvency came because of voter division? The failures came because the GOP was listening to the radical tea party members of Congress, who represent a very small minority of the population.

It is self-serving for Dreier to blame the division of the people — actually, insulting.

Jim Hoover, Huntington Beach

..

Dreier states that he is continually asked, "Is Congress completely controlled by big money and special interests?" and "Is it more partisan and dysfunctional than ever before?"

He never answers. Instead he tells us how there are always two opinions to every issue and groups of constituents on both sides.

I have to assume that he avoided answering because the answers are both "yes."

Ted Bacino, Palm Springs

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Dreier blames the diversity of Americans for Congress' obstructionism.

Of course we are diverse, and we are better off for it. However, when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated in 2010 that his main goal was for Barack Obama to be a one-term president, he revealed quite clearly what the Republican Party was all about: not diversity, but settling scores.

Robert S. Ellison, Arcadia

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Karma: GOP gubernatorial nominee forgot his Voter ID, turned away

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Karma can be a bitch, especially if you're a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas. Especially if you support Voter ID laws that suppress mostly Democratic votes. Especially if those same Voter ID laws end up humiliating you because you failed to present an ID just as you're about to vote for yourself for governor.

Karma bit pro-Voter ID candidate Asa Hutchinson in the ass when he arrived at the polls and was turned away.

MSNBC:

Asa Hutchinson, who won the Republican nomination in the race for Arkansas governor Tuesday, forgot his ID when he went to the polls, despite backing the state’s new voter ID law, according to the Associated Press.

Christian Olson, a spokesman for the Republican candidate, told the AP that Hutchinson believed the situation was a “little bit of an inconvenience” and that a staffer retrieved his ID so he could cast a ballot. Olson said the former congressman still believes voters should be required to show an ID.

His campaign refused to comment, but that doesn't mean we can't. How many voters out there can send their (non-existent) staffers to fetch their IDs for them under the same circumstances?

Come to think of it, how many voters are unable to afford the cost of an ID or can find transportation to the nearest agency that provides them?

How many voters are being denied a chance to participate in elections because of Republican laws intended to prevent them from using the only power they have left: their voices?

The voter ID measure could make it harder for minorities, students, and people from low-income communities to cast ballots.

Or as I like to call them, Democrats.

Here's one for you: How much of that evil, threatening-to-upend-our-elections voter fraud is actually taking place? Think Progress:

[S]uch fraud is virtually non-existent. Indeed, Iowa’s Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz recently completed a two-year investigation into voter fraud within his state. He was unable to find a single case where one voter impersonated another at the polls — meaning that his own investigation discovered zero cases where a voter ID law would have prevented a fraudulent vote from being cast.

Yet Asa Hutchinson had to tap his foot and look at his watch while waiting for his flunky to deliver his ID to him so that he could vote. Because, karma.

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Big, looming GOP "ad blast" targeting Dems ends up being one measly $30 ad

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Oh those whacky, zany Republicans and their big, boasty swagger. They're so presh, so totes adorbs, so... embarrassing. Just as Chris Christie gets off on bluster and throwing his weight around [insert joke here] (only to become accused of  "alleged" involvement in a growing scandal), so goes the RNC.

They've now blustered themselves right into LaughingstockLand. Again. Shrinkage alert!

Via the Anchorage Daily News:

The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday a fresh round in an expected torrent of campaign ads targeting Sen. Mark Begich and other Democrats for their part in the "lie of the year," an assurance that people could keep existing health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The ad blast turned out to be more of a sprinkle.

In Anchorage, a single radio ad aimed at Begich was set to air on a single station ... one time [...]

The total cost to the Republican National Committee for the Anchorage radio airtime? $30.

But there's always a bright side. At least top RNC employees weren't caught exchanging incriminating emails. And then feigning innocence and pointing fingers.

Shrinkage

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PhotOH! Dep't. of Class Acts: Anthony Weiner ends campaign (and career) by flipping off reporter

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Yesterday I posted a video of the most cringe-worthy interview in recent memory. That bizarre interview was conducted by Lawrence O'Donnell who managed to make his subject, Anthony Weiner, seem almost sympathetic.

Almost.

It was the perfect cap to an increasingly embarrassing series of increasingly creepy examples of Weiner's increasingly bizarre behavior.

Or so I thought. Leave it to Gracious Anthony to utterly demolish an already classless image.

Via The Hill:

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) ended his campaign for New York City mayor by giving a reporter the middle finger through his car window Tuesday night.

Weiner was caught on camera gesturing at local NBC reporter Shimon Prokupecz, who had been covering the candidate’s primary Election Day watch party.

buh bye billboard

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VIDEO: Cantor, Ryan, McCarthy go from "Young Guns" to "Middle Aged But Holding Up Okay Guns."

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Rachel Maddow does it again. Last night's show was hilarious, as you can see by this very segment on Aging Guns Who Insist on Womaning Down:

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor turns 50 on Thursday.... Awkward thing here, though, is this. Mr. Cantor and Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congressman Paul Ryan back in 2007, they decided to embrace a nickname given to them by the Weekly Standard Magazine, the Young Guns.

I ran a post or two on that very thing, that very laughable thing, right here: POW! Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservatives Who Think They’re Leaders and here: “Young Guns”: Conservatives Who Think They’re Leaders.

Godtheywerefunny. The gun imagery, the idea that they were cool, studly, rough 'n tough cowpokes (dressed as insurance salesmen), I couldn't have written anything half as amusing if I'd tried.

Back to Rachel:

It's 2007, these guys are young and totally with it. Republicans are young and they're so young and vital! But then, you know, life happens, nobody stays young forever. And at a certain point, a nickname like Young Guns starts to feel like false advertising.

You could change it to something like "Middle Aged But Holding Up Okay Guns."

Another awkward thing here, though, is the original Young Guns were all guys. In trying to make the Republican party seem less like it was "all guys," the Young Guns tried to start a new effort last year called Y.G. Woman Up! And right after they started that, they released their slate of endorsed candidates for Congress in 2012 which actually had proportionally fewer women than were already serving in Congress.

So that ended up being an awkward thing too. Woman up!, by which we mean woman down.

Now, though, these guys are taking another crack at it. It's not going very well.

Young Guns Woman Up

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Attempt by National Republican Congressional Committee to embarrass Dems for #IRS matter goes painfully awry

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The National Republican Congressional Committee tried their best to connect Democratic lawmakers to the so-called IRS scandal, but oops! it backfired. Just when we thought the GOP couldn't crap on themselves any more, just when we thought our pointing and laughing at them was subsiding, they revived their clownitude just for us!

HuffPo:

An attempt by the National Republican Congressional Committee to embarrass Democrats went awry on Thursday, when the group published a blog post riddled with errors.

For example, they referred to then-IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman as "Dan." They must have missed Ron Christie getting pummeled by Joy-Ann Reid about that very guy.

They also mentioned two House Democrats who had already retired, so they were no longer "House Democrats."

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Next they confused Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) with the former mayor of Medellín, Colombia, Luis Pérez Gutiérrez-- in a photo! Yes, they managed to put their ignorance and sloppiness out there in picture form for all to see. HuffPo has the visuals.

Their excuse?

NRCC spokesman Daniel Scarpinato told The Huffington Post, "This was an early draft that was not meant to be posted publicly because it had not yet been edited."

Isn't that just like the NRCC? They go to all that effort to find just the right photo and wham! Someone has to go and tell them it's the wrong Gutierrez. And the wrong "House Democrats." And the wrong Shulman.

They must have been crestfallen.

And humiliated.

No wonder they had wanted the “R” word ("Republican") taken off the NRCC website. When in doubt, disassociate.

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