John Boehner is making a concession to his right-wing colleagues with a plan to sue (but not impeach) Barack Obama for being king or something. Michele Bachmann will articulate that plan to Fox News now. But Fox News' Neil Cavuto ain't having any of it.
During an interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Cavuto belittled the effort as "an enormous waste of effort" and "a political football," suggesting that President George W. Bush used similar executive authority.
The segment devolved into a shouting match, with Cavuto laughing off Bachmann's indignation about Obama's use of executive powers.
"It just seems to me like an enormous waste of effort," Cavuto said, at first gently, trying to chide Bachmann and her Tea Party Republican colleagues in Congress to do something, you know, governance-related for the American people. "It just seems to me there's so much wrong here, this finger-pointing—'We're gonna drag your ass to court, we're gonna do this'— just do something, you hear what I'm saying?"
Bachmann did not hear what he was saying. Cavuto started yelling. Popcorn-worthy moments were happening:
Bachmann: This is what we should do now. What we should do now is defund the executive branch when we have the option—I just ran across the street because we're voting on funding for the executive branch all summer long. Cut it. Make it hurt. Because if they don't have money, they don't have power...
Cavuto: Think about what you're saying. Defund the executive branch? Congresswoman! If Democrats had said to you, 'We're going to defund President Bush,' you would laugh them out, and so you should have… I think the Democrats are in their right mind to laugh you out now. Defund them?! [shakes head] ...Oh man oh man oh man oh man. Rome's burning and you're filing!
This could make things awkward if Bachmann joins Fox after her final term is up next January. Not as awkward as 300 million laboring Americans shuttling along on a fading trajectory of summer malaise, spent of fuel and hope, as Congress shirks its fundamental responsibilities, but still.