Tuesday, January 17, 2006


The Unitary Presidency - a "sophisticated issue"

From James Taranto's BOTW this past Monday (referencing a NY Times article):

    We Told You So
    Mr. Kennedy said that the nomination process, and particularly the hearings, had "turned into a political campaign," and that the White House had proved increasingly skilled in turning that to its advantage.

    "These issues are so sophisticated--half the Senate didn't know what the unitary presidency was, let alone the people of Boston," he said, referring to one of the legal theories that was a focus of the hearings. "I'm sure we could have done better."


    Half the Senate doesn't know what the Unitary Presidency is? (Any guesses where you can find at least 45 of those Senators.) Really, if this qualifies as a sophisticated issue, then anything beyond "We the People" is a potential problem. Here's a brief outline that I found in the Constitution - I think it sums up the "theory" quite well:

    Article II, Section1: The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America."

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