Two weeks ago we wrote about the invasion on our southern border and the sad fact that Obama administration connivance can’t be ruled out—indeed, the chaos positively reeks of the Alinsky tactics the current occupant of the White House imbibed in his youth.
To borrow a formulation from the late William F. Buckley, Jr., we aren’t saying Barack Obama is engineering the destruction of U.S. border security, we’re merely asking how he might behave differently if he were.
One thing he’d likely do in the very same way is use the invasion as an excuse to adopt his default position of acting without lawful authority and defying the grown-ups to stop him. This defiance surfaced Monday with a vengeance. Pay no attention to the words about moving personnel to the border; what counts is the “as much as I can on my own” rhetoric.
And on the matter of grown-ups intervening, House Speaker John Boehner did a good job of defining the problem on Monday, reminding Obama that those whose help he needs to act in a lawful manner simply find him unworthy of trust.
Boehner, of course, has been less than massively popular among Conservatives, but it makes no sense to sell him short when he’s getting it right. Boehner may have been too patient for too long, but people who are slow to anger are often fearsomely tenacious once pushed too far. Moreover, he’s been pushing back against Obama for some time, and doing so much earlier would likely have revealed the political liabilities of getting too far out ahead of the country.
To refresh memories of those political costs, recall the Clinton impeachment. For that matter, you could ask Obama about the costs, if only you could trust him to give an honest answer.