The Republicans are so intent on throwing a temper tantrum over President Obama’s immigration orders that some of them are actually talking about not allowing him to come to Congress to give the State of the Union address. Rich Lowry, who should still be too ashamed to show his face after all that Palin “starbursts” wankery, is urging them to do this:
“Yes, there’s a risk to overreacting, but there’s a risk to underreacting as well,” said Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review. “And I fear that’s the way the congressional leadership is leaning.”
Mr. Lowry suggested one way Congress could react. “If I were John Boehner,” he said, referring to the House speaker, “I’d say to the president: ‘Send us your State of the Union in writing. You’re not welcome in our chamber.’”
Breitbart chimed in as well:
The State of the Union is provided for by Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, governing the power of the president: “He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient…”. Throughout American history, there are examples of presidents who have sent a written report rather than giving a speech.
Congress should indicate to President Obama that his presence is not welcome on Capitol Hill as long as his “executive amnesty” remains in place. The gesture would, no doubt, be perceived as rude, but it is appropriate–and would be far less jarring or uncomfortable than the hostile reception Obama would likely receive in person. In lieu of an address, Congress would offer to read aloud whatever document Obama saw fit to send through.
GOP aides and lawmakers say they expect the leadership to consider additional legislation to address the executive order, but there have been no decisions made on what those bills would look like. There are lots of ideas: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has signaled he would hold up some of Obama’s executive branch nominees, others privately have been musing about shutting the government down, refusing to invite the president to give his State of the Union address or censuring the president.
Now longtime readers of this blog know that I absolutely loathe the State of the Union address. I think they should all be canceled forever. It’s nothing more than a stump speech full of idiotic applause lines (“America must move forward if we are to become a better nation” — WILD APPLAUSE AND CHEERING FOR NO APPARENT REASON BECAUSE HE SAID NOTHING AT ALL). But seriously, are these people fucking 12 years old? What’s next, holding their breath until they get their way? Calling themselves rubber and the president glue? Grow the fuck up.