Suddenly, with even fewer presidential executive orders than those who came before, the Republicans had no choice but to sue Obama. Then a day after they sued, Republicans told Obama to issue executive orders to handle the immigration problem. What’s the disconnect voters have that allows Republicans to get away with this stuff?
Keep in mind, George W. Bush delayed Medicare Part D.
Daily Beast: It was a mess. In mid-October 2005, the Bush administration announced a delay. Reason? It was Yom Kippur, and evidently no one wanted to offend elderly Jews who wouldn’t be using their computers. Right. So it was delayed. But a month later the planned comparison-shopping website still wasn’t up and running. Even after it finally was, it was confusing and a mess. Some sample headlines: “Web-based Comparison of Prescription Plans Delayed,” The Washington Post; “Glitches Mar Launch of Medicare Drug Plan,” The Wall Street Journal; “President Tells Insurers to Aid Ailing Medicare Drug Plan,” The New York Times.
So here it is, dumb following dumber, our Republican congressional vote. Roll Call:
GOP LAWSUIT AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA: On a nearly party-line vote members authorized a Republican-drafted, House of Representatives lawsuit against President Barack Obama on grounds that he overstepped his constitutional powers by acting on his own to delay the start of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate from Jan. 1, 2014, to Jan. 1, 2015, or later. All 196 Democrats who voted opposed the measure.
Voting yes for an actual civil lawsuit against President Obama in federal court ( I can't believe I'm typing this): Paul Ryan, James Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri, Sean Duffy, and Reid Ribble.
Just a note: Here’s more on the Democratic response to the messed up Part D roll out. A lesson in adulthood for Republicans we hope:
But the biggest difference is not how Republicans behaved back then but how Democrats did. Most Democrats voted against the law. But they did not then sue the Bush administration and try to take the thing to the Supreme Court and get it invalidated. And then, when the start-up was a cock-up, Democrats didn’t go around saying it was proof the law had to go. They tried to fix it. Hillary Clinton, then a senator, said: “I voted against it, but once it passed I certainly determined that I would try to do everything I could to make sure that New Yorkers understood it, could access it, and make the best of it.”