* In an interview with ABC News, President Obama called John Boehner’s lawsuit against him a “stunt,” and essentially told Boehner it’s his fault if the White House is moving unilaterally on multiple fronts, hinting that action on immigration is coming:
“What I’ve told Speaker Boehner directly is, ‘If you’re really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don’t you try getting something done through Congress?’ You’re going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you’re not doing anything?”
Well, yes: Republicans would prefer that the administration do nothing at all. Is that hard to understand?
* Kevin Drum tells Obama it’s time to admit enforcement as a strategy to win over Republicans has failed, paving the way for an ambitious exercise of executive authority to ease deportations:
For years, he followed a strategy of beefing up enforcement in hopes of gaining goodwill among conservatives. In the end, all that accomplished was to anger his own Hispanic supporters without producing anything of substance. At this point, there’s no downside to taking maximal executive action, so he might very well do that.
I think we’re going to be seeing this in a lot of areas: Obama taking action in areas that might have been politically risky to address — yet where it is now deadly clear Republicans will never budge. Particularly after this year’s midterms.
* House Democrats have put out a new video recapping footage of Republicans declaring again and again that we really do have to act on reform. Once again, GOP leaders themselves have long said the status quo is unacceptable and legalization must be part of the solution. But actually voting on something would have gotten the right angry, because it just might have led to bipartisan problem solving with Democrats, so…well, never mind. — gs
* Ed Kilgore makes a good point: Republicans are now to the right of Mitt Romney’s posture on immigration in 2012:
You may recall that the whole push within the Republican Party to do something on immigration was impelled by fears that Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” position had fatally damaged the GOP’s standing among Latinos. I’d say becoming the party of forced deportation by government is worse.
Does that mean the next GOP presidential nominee could get less than 27 percent support from Latinos? Very possible!
* Francis Wilkinson has the goods on just how difficult Obama’s political situation has become: He’s backed himself into a corner by promising to act if Congress didn’t, potentially generating a backlash from both his supporters and his opponents.
* Steve Benen looks back over the ground we’ve traveled on this issue:
The fight has become quite straightforward: Republicans want more deportations; Republicans want more border security; and Republicans want to ignore every other aspect of the debate…Democrats have bent over backwards to create a bipartisan solution GOP lawmakers can support, only to find that Republicans will settle for nothing less than a concession-free, far-right deportation policy.
Was this all predictable from the outset? Perhaps it was, but it sure looked like lots of Republicans wanted to see reform happen.
* Conservatives’ latest target is the Export-Import Bank, about which few people cared until last week, and it’s not impossible their crusade could lead to a government shutdown. Brian Beutler games out the various budget scenarios and the chaos the Ex-Im Bank question could create.
* If you’re a cable news viewer, you may have noticed a lot of Iraq War hawks coming on to tell you their opinions about what we should do now. Sam Stein and Michael Calderone take a look and find, startlingly, that very few original war opponents are being invited on to shaire their views.
* Two years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, Dan Diamond has a useful, detailed look at how the law is faring, both in terms of policy and public opinion.
* Remember the Virginia state senator who resigned, swinging the body to Republicans, allegedly in exchange for a tobacco commission job and a judgeship for his daughter? The Post has obtained emails showing some behind the scenes wrangling over the job, including one juicy one in which the head of the commission writes to him as follows: “I mention all this so you know what’s being planned on our end to give this the most defensible appearance of due process.”
* Danny Vinik has a nice look at Ikea’s decision to raise the minimum wage, and what that says about the broader trend of companies going the same direction and the pluses and limitations of the federal minimum wage. — gs
* A new poll showing that 80 percent of conservatives think the poor have it easy is getting attention. But over at the American Prospect, I argue the poll has some weaknesses.
* And because it’s Friday: a congressional candidate in Oklahoma who lost the GOP primary is challenging the results on the basis that the incumbent was actually executed in Ukraine three years ago and replaced by a convincing body double.