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August 08, 2012 5:17 PM Steve King’s One Fell Swoop

By Ed Kilgore

I had to check out this item twice to make sure it wasn’t from The Onion:

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an outspoken critic of just about everything President Obama supports, is considering introducing a bill that would repeal everything Obama has signed into law.
King put forward this suggestion to an Iowa audience on Tuesday, when he also reiterated his threat to sue the Obama administration for its June decision not to deport younger illegal immigrants.

Nope, not from The Onion, but from Peter Kasperitz of The Hill. On reading it, my initial reaction was: Sure, King’s going to sue Obama over the DREAM Act Lite action, because he’s Congress’ most militant…wait a minute, what was that first part?

King is marginal enough a figure, even in the GOP, that it’s unlikely he can talk his colleagues into anything this crazy, but to be sure, House GOP staffers should probably start checking into Republican-backed laws that Obama has signed, of which there are doubtless quite a few.

As it happens, I’m hoping to attend a FAMiLY Leader (the fine folks who brought the 2012 GOP presidential field the “Marriage Vow” litmus test pledge that was so nutty several of the candidates felt safe refusing to sign it) event at an Iowa megachurch this weekend during which King is scheduled to appear on a panel with Rick Perry and Chuck Grassley. Maybe I’ll get a chance to ask Sen. Grassley if he’d vote for King’s repeal-everything legislation. A “no” answer might not go over very well in that particular venue.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Dems--could hold the Senate!! on August 08, 2012 5:20 PM:

  • c u n d gulag on August 08, 2012 5:34 PM:

    Repeal everything President Obama has signed into law?

    WHY NOT?

    Considering they want to go back to either the late 1850's, or mid 1780's, or all the way back to before The Magna Carta was signed in 1215, why would anything said by a man who's got an IQ lower that some poor dog-fightning pit bull surprise anyone.

    You go, Mr. King!

    Not more Presidents - only, uhm... Kings?

  • trnc on August 08, 2012 5:36 PM:

    Can't wait to see how he proposes getting refunds from all the federal contractors whose $ came from budgets signed by Obama. Also, he wants to retroactively expire the Bush tax cuts extended in 2010?

  • Kathryn on August 08, 2012 5:46 PM:

    Admire your intestinal fortitude Ed, cannot imagine being surrounded by that crowd. Have you had all your shots?

  • g on August 08, 2012 6:24 PM:

    Um....wouldn't Obama have to sign Mr. King's law for it to go into effect? And then it would nullify itself?

    I am reminded of Stimpy pressing the Red History Eraser Button.

  • Patrick star on August 08, 2012 6:58 PM:

    Yes, ed, by all means, ask sen. Grassley what his opinion is of kings proposed legislation. We'd all be interested in his response. King's district must be right out of an episode of "the twilight zone"; maybe that crazy kid wished them all into another dimension or something.

  • jsjiowa on August 08, 2012 9:19 PM:

    I actually think, in that crowd, that Grassley is likely to say King's legislation is a good idea. I used to think Grassley had some sense, but he panders to the crowd -- remember when he told a group in Iowa that they should be afraid of government pulling the plug on Grandma? It was a heavily Republican and tea party crowd that day, and they lapped it up.

    This is the gathering at Point of Grace church in Waukee? The pastor of that church was a Michele Bachmann supporter, and he ran for the state Senate this spring in my district. Scared a lot of the suburban dwellers (and establishment/moderate Republicans) in West Des Moines, I think,. He ran a nasty campaign against a longtime Republican Senator who moved into the district as a result of redistricting this year. I'd like to think he's done with politics, but I have this fear we'll see him run again.

    The Iowa State Fair starts tomorrow, too. Sounds like a perfect stop this weekend. :)

  • leopoldvonranke on August 09, 2012 12:40 AM:

    Actually, Patrick, those of us from the eastern part of the state tend to think of King's district (changed now as a result of the census) as well as everyting else west of Ankeny, as "Outer Nebraska."

  • Bonnie on August 09, 2012 2:07 AM:

    Can you imagine what this country would like if every change of administration did this since the beginning of the country??!! I know 2 year olds that could do a better job in Congress than King or many other Republicans.

  • labman57 on August 09, 2012 2:46 AM:

    Some conservative politicians are still having difficulty coping with the fact that Obama won the 2008 election and are therefore in complete denial with respect to the legitimacy of any piece of legislation that he signed into law.

    Sorry kids, there are no "do overs" simply because you didn't like the outcome.

  • joel hanes on August 09, 2012 2:57 AM:

    Please don't take the right-wing fundagelicals at that "FAMILY Leader" gathering as representative of Iowans in general. It used to be a pretty good state, and still has a preponderance of pretty good people (except, apparently, in Steve King's old district, for which there is no excuse)

  • Renai on August 09, 2012 4:31 PM:

    "an outspoken critic of just about everything President Obama supports"

    Isn't that the summation of just about every conservative these days? They wait until the President says/does/advocates a thing, then regardless of their own stance, come out full bore against him with ridiculous recriminations and self-justifications.

    There might be some sane Republicans in their midst, but the lemming conditioning appears to be complete.