House Speaker John Boehner and the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate are now inadvertently sharing talking points on President Obama stance on Libya, both saying it doesn't pass the "straight-face test."
The unusually aligned rhetoric between Boehner, a Republican, and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the majority whip, offers another sign of the emerging bipartisan alliance against the White House's reluctance to seek congressional approval for the military operation under the War Powers Act.
"It just doesn't pass the straight face test, in my view, that we're not in the midst of hostilities," Boehner said last week about the White House assessment that the aerial bombings underway by the U.S. military as part of the NATO-led operation do not constitute hostilities under the act.
Durbin, on Sunday's "Meet the Press," said similarly: "It doesn't pass a straight-face test in my view that we're not in the midst of hostilities."