Steve King’s One Fell Swoop

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

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.