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July 31, 2014 - 8:29 am

The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said that his party plans to emphasize how a lawsuit against President Obama would cost taxpayers in the run-up to midterm elections.

Republicans have not been able to pin a cost on the lawsuit as many variables are still unknown and yesterday’s vote simply authorized the speaker of the House to move forward with the lawsuit.

“The Republicans have focused all of their time and taxpayer money on suing the president, on talking about impeaching the president while Democrats are focused on solutions for the middle class. That’s what an election is all about,” DCCC chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said on MSNBC.

“And by the way, it is another example to the American people of hypocrisy. I mean, don’t you love these congressional Republicans who want to pass reform to stop lawyers from filing frivolous lawsuits who today will pass a bill to spend millions of dollars to stop the president in court?”

Israel called it “another act of supreme hypocrisy that convinces the American people that these Republicans are just badly out of touch, just about their self interest and their special interests.”

During yesterday’s floor debate, House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) said cost shouldn’t be the issue. “What price do you put on the adherence to the rule of law?” she said.

Israel told MSNBC “anytime that Republicans talk about impeaching the president and anytime that they focus on suing the president, you can expect our base to be energized and it is.”

“And not only as our base energized, but the fact of the matter is that the Republican strategy has badly backfired on swing voters,” he said. “Swing voters by their very nature do not want process, they want progress. They don’t want one branch of government suing another branch of government. They want their members of Congress to be focused on student loan relief. They want their members of Congress to be focused on growing their paychecks. They want their members of Congress to be focused on passing legislation to make sure that a woman gets paid the same as the man for equal work. And the more they see this Republican Congress just completely obsessing in their hatred of Barack Obama, the more convinced they are that we need a different majority this November.”

The lawsuit, Israel argued, “is a campaign strategy that they cooked up.”

“They have calculated that this is a midterm election and that they have to gin-up their base. That’s why you have 50 repeals to the Affordable Care Act, it’s why you have the Benghazi hearings, it’s why you now have a vote on a lawsuit. This is intended to gin-up their base,” he said. “The strategy is backfiring. It is ginning-up their base. It’s also energizing our base and creating an erosion of support by persuadable swing voters for Republicans.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I am starting to wonder if you are a planted troll or if you actually believe your own BS. I think you meant to say:

New heights of government mismanagement, fraud and waste.
Gross fiscal irresponsibility
Lawlessness and disregard of the Constitution

All brought to you by the worst Executive branch in History.
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DOESNT it strike any of you strange that no matter what needs to be done to rein in the pseudo king, it's touted as something that will drive the voters to his side....and the mugwumps actually believe it!!! what a collection of cowards in ignorant low information voters. You'd think we were in Soviet Russia....
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My support for Israel does not extend to Steve.
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Hey Steve,

I'll agree with you on one thing... You're right, I don't want one branch of government suing another, I want one branch of government impeaching another. That being said...

I'm not in favor of student loan relief, I'm in favor of students getting jobs so they can pay back their student loans. I'm also in favor of a financial test of student loans that asks if the student's major can reasonably be expected to result in a job that has the level of income required to comfortably pay back the loan. If not, then they will have to get their funding elsewhere, either that, or universities will have to charge much less for classes that offer low or no income potential. Of course, universities can also pay the professors who teach such low value subjects much less as well.

Also, Stevey, I'm not in favor of congress being focused on growing my paycheck either. I just want those idiots to get out of the way so that my company can prosper and I can grow my own paycheck thank you very much. Congress should stick to what they know, and they don't know crap about business - or much else for that matter. With these clowns, gridlock is the preferred state of action. Let's keep it that way until we can elect some adults to congress.

Oh, and Steve, I don't see any adults in the Democratic party.
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"Swing voters" don't give a rat's patoot about Congress suing Obama.
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No problem. Just cancel the Obamas summer vacation. That should more than cover it.
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It was nice of MSNBC to give Steve Israel a soapbox for his delsusions. The poor dummy doesn't even seem to realize that "swing voters" and independents are less motivated to vote in midterm elections. The upcoming election will be decided by a partisans, and at this point it is likely that that will take the form of frustrated Republicans winning many congressional seats from Democrats that have been disappointed and demoralized by their ineffectual leaders. Or so I hope.
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Toddlers -they cry when things don't go their way. Obama - either we crown the guy and get it over with or we get elected people to do their jobs and hold him to the law. As far as the money goes, we have spent more on a birthday bash for Michelle than this lawsuit will cost.
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If lawsuits are so expensive, and so frivilous, then perhaps we need legal care like obamacare, as we are all just one lawsuit away from bankruptcy, even if we should win

But then we would never get legal care, because lawyers would never want their profession shackled as they would do to others with health care.
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What's the cost of Holder's investigation on the Nebraska outhouse case?
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DOESNT it strike any of you strange that no matter what needs to be done to rein in the pseudo king, it's touted as something that will drive the voters to his side....and the mugwumps actually believe it!!! what a collection of cowards in ignorant low information voters. You'd think we were in Soviet Russia....
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Yes this is what it has come to. Every objection and every attempt to assert an opposing position is deemed partisan, political and evil. This may end up being perhaps the nastiest legacy of the Progressive movement - the end of tolerance for alternate ideas. Not dissimilar to a certain religion that is growing in like fashion.
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In Soviet Russia, Congress not sue government, government sue Congress!
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Yes. Who is more interested in keeping the Republicans out of harms way than the leader of the DemokRats. Thank you Steve Israel for your thoughtful concern!

{END OF SARCASM}
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At least we'll have GMO potatoes that glow in the dark, so we can see what we're eating even when the lights have been turned off because under Obama "energy prices would necessarily skyrocket."
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"The Republicans have focused all of their time and taxpayer money on suing the president, on talking about impeaching the president while DEMOCRATS ARE FOCUSED ON SOLUTIONS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS"

Now THAT'S funny. Who says liberals don't have a sense of humor?
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The government shutdown.
The credit downgrade.
The lawsuit.

All brought to you by the greatest House in history. 2014!
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I am starting to wonder if you are a planted troll or if you actually believe your own BS. I think you meant to say:

New heights of government mismanagement, fraud and waste.
Gross fiscal irresponsibility
Lawlessness and disregard of the Constitution

All brought to you by the worst Executive branch in History.
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thank you for correcting the NY Chemist. seems that those that haven't left NY are those that have no clue as to reality.

Because those that know have left, taking their funds and companies with them.
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So much to say here but I will say just one thing. Them dems, according to Wasserman-schultz, who stated months ago, they would be running on obamacare in the 2014. Hows that working out?
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