So it’s come to this: that big, grown-up Republican Party, in control of Congress and all ready to govern, is directly interfering with diplomacy being undertaken by the executive branch, and basically behaving as agents of another country, whose leader they asked to come give them marching orders in person. And their excuse for this inexcusable behavior? Let one of the better conservative journalists, Byron York, tell us:

There’s a war going on between the executive and legislative branches in which Obama has shown contempt for Congress’ constitutional powers, and now, in response, Congress is showing contempt for the president’s constitutional powers. It’s an unfortunate situation, but it’s what Obama has wrought.

He goes on to cite Obama’s executive actions on immigration, health care (I guess he’s talking about the ex post facto claim that the IRS invented the ability to give subsidies to states that didn’t set up Obamacare exchanges) and his refusal to take Israel’s–I mean, Congress’–advice on Iran, as sad-but-understandable justifications for actions that fell just short of requiring members of Congress to register as lobbyists for a foreign government.

Now Congress is pushing back. It’s a shame it’s come to this, but that’s the way things work.

Really? They couldn’t wait until the next election? Yeah, it is a shame, Byron.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.