RNC Research released a new briefing highlighting the five times Hillary Clinton claimed she wanted to limit a president’s executive power.
“The President repeatedly said he did not have the authority to take this action. The Constitution does not grant the President the power to act as a one-man legislature when he disagrees with Congress and with voters. Sadly, rather than trying to solve our country’s immigration problems, the President’s actions are intended to poison the legislative process at a time when he should be working to bring Americans together. I am confident that the Republican Congress will do everything within their power to uphold the Constitution. The American people rejected the administration’s policies during the midterms; they will do so again in 2016.”—RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Weekly Standard reports that last night, former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said yes, Obama is ‘literally’ doing what he previously called unconstitutional. Former White House spokesman Jay Carney admitted on CNN that President Obama has indeed flip-flopped on executive amnesty–and that the actions he’s taking now are ones he previously called unconstitutional. Here’s video.
New York Times reports that Obama’s unconstitutional executive action is going to face some serious legal challenges. Mr. Obama’s action is also a far more extensive reshaping of the nation’s immigration system. “The magnitude and the formality of it is arguably unprecedented,” said Peter J. Spiro, a Temple University law professor. “It’s fair to say that we have never seen anything quite like this before in terms of the scale.” The breadth of Mr. Obama’s decision is already raising serious legal and constitutional questions, fueling Republican charges of imperial overreach and worries among some Democrats of future fallout.
Wall Street Journal reports that the White House has been lying about the number of ObamaCare enrollees. The Obama administration said it recently overstated how many people had paid-up health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges because of the incorrect inclusion of dental coverage sign-ups, marking an embarrassing disclosure as the health-care markets open for their second year of operation.
FiveThirtyEight reports that the 2014 GOP wave was due to strong campaigns. Throughout the 2014 campaign, we kept hearing that Republicans were going to do well because of the “map.” To take back the Senate, all they had to do was win seats in six states (Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia) that voted against President Obama in 2008 and 2012. Even before Election Day, Obama blamed the map for the impending misfortune of the Democratic Party. It’s time to give the map argument a rest. Even if you control for the fact that a large number of races took place in red states, the Republican performance was the fourth-best by either party in the 17 Senate cycles since 1982…The average Republican candidate for Senate outperformed what we would have expected given the map by 8.5 percentage points.
National Journal reports that Obama has a different understanding of reality than everyone else. By issuing his sweeping order on immigration, the president has decided to view political failure as a mandate for pushing through Democratic priorities. By going it alone on immigration reform, President Obama signaled Thursday that, in his final two years in office, he’s going to be dealing strictly in reality—his version of it anyway. Not the long-dead dream of hope and change, that rhetoric alone can move mountains. Not the similar fantasy of working hand-in-hand with congressional Republicans. Or even the fiction that most of the country is listening to him.