The House of Representatives passed a rather surprising bill yesterday. It demanded that President Obama do his job -- enforce the law. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and was a response to Obama's repeated unilateral actions either rewriting existing laws or refusing to enforce them.
For example, Obama refused to defend federal laws that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He refused to enforce certain immigration laws. He has repeatedly changed or delayed Obamacare without congressional authorization, and he made recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess.
As we have reported, Republicans have on occasion turned to the courts and have had some success against these abuses of power. But the process is painfully slow. An issue can be rendered moot before the courts act. Gowdy's legislation would expedite such congressional challenges.
It's not just conservative Republicans who have issues with Obama's overreach. Left-wing law professor Jonathan Turley recently testified before Congress that Obama's abuse of executive power has brought the country to a "constitutional tipping point." Last week he published an op-ed warning against Obama's "power grab."
Not surprisingly, Obama threatened to veto Rep. Gowdy's bill. After all, he likes doing whatever he wants.
"Nothing To See Here"
We've pointed out before that a key strategy of the political left and its media allies is to demoralize conservatives, to convince them that there is nothing good happening. I bring this up because not one of the three major networks felt Tuesday's special election in Florida was newsworthy.
If Democrat Alex Sink had won, the story would have been the lead item on every broadcast. But, of course, Big Media didn't want to demoralize Democrats, so it simply ignored Jolly's victory.