Fox News host Neil Cavuto unloaded on Rep. Michele Bachmann as she dishonestly tried to defend a lawsuit being filed by House Republicans over President Obama’s executive actions on various issues. He clearly was not buying what she was selling and accused her of hypocrisy:
“You just said it, congresswoman, we might not get anywhere,” Cavuto exclaimed in frustration. “Maybe Republicans are within their rights, maybe the president is within his rights.” As Bachmann sought to defend the suit, Cavuto accused her of “conflating issues and being silly.” “Where was your rage when Democrats were going after President Bush on the same use of executive orders, because I think you knew then that that was a waste of time then and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now,” he exploded…
Cavuto’s real rage came out in response to Bachmann’s suggestion that Republicans in Congress should simply defund the executive branch. “Think about what you’re saying,” he screamed. “Defund the executive branch? Congresswoman! If Democrats had said to you, ‘we’re going to defund President Bush,’ you would have laughed at them and so you should have been.”
Of course, the hypocrisy exists in both parties. The same Democrats who railed about Bush’s use of executive orders and signing statements have been almost completely silent about Obama’s use of those things. Both sides are being ridiculous. The mere signing of an executive order or a signing statement is not a problem, it all comes down to the specifics. Does the president have the constitutional or legal authority to take the specific action being taken? That’s all that matters. And almost never do you hear that level of detail in the criticisms from either side, certainly not from a moron like Bachmann.