Let's play something else
It's hard to imagine anything that House Speaker John Boehner despise more than those darned "activist" federal judges ... except perhaps President Obama.
Mr. Boehner said last week that he will concoct a maneuver designed to give Congress standing to file a civil lawsuit against the president for his unspecified but supposedly egregious conduct.
That would be unprecedented and deservedly so. American history is replete with presidents expanding executive authority, including Mr. Obama's immediate predecessor, George W. Bush. He revived the discredited practice of "signing statements" accompanying many bills he signed into law, designed to provide the administration leeway in whether to implement and enforce them.
Mr. Obama, alas, has continued the practice but to a lesser degree that Mr. Bush. It's curious indeed that Mr. Boehner has so recently become offended by it.
Fortunately, the judiciary itself is an independent branch of the government and the only branch that is designed to be apolitical. That, historically, has kept courts from wading into political disputes between the other branches.
If Mr. Boehner is foolish enough to pursue his announced course, the courts would do him and the country a favor by declining to take up the game.