Democrats Once Sued Bush

Posted: July 23, 2014

Politicians seem to believe Americans have memories like sieves. The latest example? Last week, Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York, ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee, rambled for five hours about Speaker John Boehner’s proposed lawsuit against President Obama, saying it was not the “correct way to resolve [a] political dispute.” The lawsuit suit is, said she, “preposterous.”

Politically motivated she was, but the veteran congresswoman had a point. The lawsuit is strategically maladroit, and almost frivolous, given Democratic control of the Senate.

Yet Ms. Slaughter was party to a lawsuit even more frivolous, one filed by congressional Democrats against President George W. Bush. She and fellow plaintiffs, The Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel recalled Friday, were in a snit after losing a battle over a budget bill that cut funding to Medicaid and student loans. So they sued. Their effort failed, but Democrats later did won a resounding victory in the midterm elections.

Still, what Ms. Slaughter and her mates did that year satisfies the definition of a “political stunt,” the very term she employed to describe the lawsuit, far more carefully drawn, that has occupied Mr. Boehner’s mind these last few weeks. Surely, Ms. Slaughter did not expect someone, anywhere, to recall her antics of less than a decade ago.



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