Bill Richardson wants to overturn Bush's veto of the SCHIP expansion via a lawsuit.
Completely ignoring the issue of whether or not the SCHIP expansion is a good idea, ths strikes me as a totally asinine move.
The fact of the matter is, there is no legal requirement that the president let any SCHIP funding bill pass. Health care is not guaranteed as an inalienable right to be protected by the governemnt in our constitution.
So there is no legal standing for Governor Richardson to sue. It is not as if Bush signed the bill and then used executive orders and whatnot to undermine it. His power to veto legislation is enshrined in the Constitution, and ihe has the power to veto whatever he wants.
If you read the article, you will discover that nowhere in the article does Richardson explain the legal basis for his suit. That is becuase there is none.
So it is a totally asinine move. The obvious political reason is that he is running for President, and as a governor he does not have the power to directly counter Bush (by voting to override his veto) the way that Obama or Hillary do.
So he is trying to jump on the "me, too" bandwagon with this ridiculous lawsuit.
That is all.