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Washington Post Warns of a President Cruz Empowered with Obama-Like Kingly Powers

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:33 am

It’s amusing that they’re using the specter of an UNTRAMMELED TED CRUZ! as a scare tactic — but if that’s what it takes to get through to Democrats, so be it:

DEMOCRATS URGING President Obama to “go big” in his executive order on immigration might pause to consider the following scenario:

It is 2017. Newly elected President Ted Cruz (R) insists he has won a mandate to repeal Obamacare. The Senate, narrowly back in Democratic hands, disagrees. Mr. Cruz instructs the Internal Revenue Service not to collect a fine from anyone who opts out of the individual mandate to buy health insurance, thereby neutering a key element of the program. It is a matter of prosecutorial discretion, Mr. Cruz explains; tax cheats are defrauding the government of billions, and he wants the IRS to concentrate on them. Of course, he is willing to modify his order as soon as Congress agrees to fix what he considers a “broken” health system.

That is not a perfect analogy to Mr. Obama’s proposed action on immigration. But it captures the unilateral spirit that Mr. Obama seems to have embraced since Republicans swept to victory in the midterm elections. He is vowing to go it alone on immigration. On Iran, he is reportedly designing an agreement that he need not bring to Congress. He already has gone that route on climate change with China.

I don’t agree with everything in the editorial, but it’s refreshing to see a Big Media mouthpiece come out and actually point to the damage Obama is about to do to the separation of powers. It’s also nice to see them quote Obama from the past saying he can’t do this:

Three years ago, when advocacy groups pressed him to take such a step, Mr. Obama demurred. “Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting,” he said. “Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”

True enough. Good on the Post for noting it.

Thanks to Ed Morrissey.

P.S. The polls are ever-so-slightly against Obama taking this breathtakingly unconstitutional action: 46-42. Yes, fully 42% of those surveyed say: make up your own law, Obama, because who needs Congress? That is a testament to Big Media silence on the sweeping implications of this action, and a further indication that the WaPo editorial is a small but critical corrective to the general lack of focus by Big Media on this issue.

64 Responses to “Washington Post Warns of a President Cruz Empowered with Obama-Like Kingly Powers”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. President Cruz. That has a nice ring to it!

    jorgen (6d8963)

  3. I keep looking for the authority who said this. If not, I should take credit?

    The only fair or just law is one you don’t mind in the hands of your bitterest enemy.

    Hence the hypocrisy. But there are glimmers of reality intruding?

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  4. Re: Big media agreeing with Patterico:

    Today’s New York Times front page basically repeated a Patterico post…

    ….with some new additional information:

    WASHINGTON — President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to “violating our laws” and would be “very difficult to defend legally.”

    Those warnings came not from Republican lawmakers but from Mr. Obama himself…

    Of course, apparently, both the New York Times and Patterico got it from the same ultimate source:

    The New York Times cites the Republican National Committee. Possibly Patterico got it from somebody who either supplied he quotes to the RNC or got them from RNC. It’s a bit viral, like the Gruber videos.

    Sammy Finkelman (a248bd)

  5. So when Congress impeaches Obama, what will the media claim this about other than Abuse of Office. The race card is worn to pieces. Legal immigrants will be enraged at this free pass. Many black will realize who importing all these illegals is going to hurt. Obama’s support on the left and in the media – I repeat myself – has blinded him to who incredibly unpopular this amnesty really is. Hasn’t he noticed that the Comprehensive Immigration Reform guys have quietly backed away? The videos of thousands bum rushing our Southern Border irritated a lot of people, especially during an era of high unemployment.

    Mike Giles (b8b724)

  6. The added information in the New York Times today is Obama’s claim that, in fact, he has been consistent, and that Attornery General Eric Holder – well you have to look at the words carefully. Holder may or may not have quite declared this legal. (I’ll hunt up the transcript of his Sunday press conference in Australia later)

    The president insisted over the weekend that he had not changed his position. During a news conference in Australia, he said that his earlier answers about the limits of his executive authority were prompted by people who asked him whether he could enact, by fiat, a bipartisan immigration bill that had passed the Senate, which would have provided a path to legalization for more of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants here….During the news conference, Mr. Obama said that in recent months he received legal advice from Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. about the limits of what he could do to reshape the immigration system.

    What did Ralph Waldo Emerson say:

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds Barack Obama.

    Sammy Finkelman (a248bd)

  7. Another quote from the New York Times article:

    White House officials said Monday that the change in the president’s comments over the years reflects a change in emphasis, not a change in opinion. They said Mr. Obama’s previous comments emphasized the limits of his authority because at the time he was actively making the case for Congress to pass an immigration overhaul. Now, he emphasizes his ability to act.

    The news articles then goes on to give reasons for saying he has in fact NOT been consistent.

    In other related news, some Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid and Charles Schumer have sent aletter urging the White House to go ahead.

    These letters, I think, are sent to the White House uipon request.

    Sammy Finkelman (a248bd)

  8. hmm, seems to be push back from the MSM on various fronts against the so-called
    “Executive Orders” plan. Was the leak a trial balloon to see how far the liberal Democraticic party media would bend?

    seeRpea (09793f)

  9. Also, “Smokin” Joe Freeper (nope, no idea who he is) and some guy named Rick Gaber (him neither). Close paraphrases.

    “Little did I know at the time that I was witnessing the death throes of the Republic.” — Decius Cecilius Metellus — may be the more appropriate quote, though.

    nk (dbc370)

  10. But the Republic died on April 12, 1861, anyway. A republic that needs 500,000 men to die in a civil war to keep it together is not a republic.

    nk (dbc370)

  11. And Turley is representing the House against Obama’s health plan edicts. Very good news.

    The article illustrates the most persuasive argument for conservatism. Here is the difference between liberals and Democrats. Liberals look at Obama’s actions and say, well, this is really needed, it’s such a good cause to make sure everyone has health insurance. Conservatives look at it and say, that’s not the issue; the issue is whether you would want to permit any president any time to take these actions. Because some other president will. Our founders said that power wants more power and will get it any way it can. So, it’s better to go to a private solution, which is surely available and doable, than to endanger the freedom of those who follow us.

    Also can be applied to the DEA search of the NFL teams. That was a warrantless search, right? Which means, the DEA can search your place of business to whenever it wants to.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  12. A republic that needs 500,000 men to die in a civil war to keep it together is not a republic.

    A republic is just a country that doesn’t have a monarch. So, still a republic, but wavering.

    Kevin M (d91a9f)

  13. A foolish Barack Obama is the result of little minds.


    Kevin M (d91a9f)

  14. So when Congress impeaches Obama, what will the media claim this about other than Abuse of Office

    Not yet. The ground is not adequately prepared. First a joint committee granted Congress’ powers of subpoena and civil contempt to investigate the IRS matter and its coverup. Get people under oath down below the political level. Someone will talk and it will all unravel. Then, when everyone knows he’s a crook and his support is in the 20s, you impeach.

    Kevin M (d91a9f)

  15. Obama will not be impeached and he knows it. He is daring the GOP to even threaten this and the riots will follow. Both sides know this. Ferguson, MO is just a preview.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  16. Kevin M –
    Those 20% need to be deported!!!

    mg (31009b)

  17. Link to those “polls”, please.

    Without it, I call BS.

    creeper (02bde1)

  18. @Kevin M: Actually, a republic is a very specific political structure, and does not necessarily include all non-monarchial states. For example, a theocratic state might not be a republic (power is vested in the priesthood, not in the people). The nation of Israel during Moses’ and Joshua’s and the Judges’ time did not have a republican form of governance, but it didn’t have a monarch either (and it’s iffy to call it theocratic). Burma was run by a military junta for ages and by Heaven, I won’t have called it a republic even if its official name contains the word.

    The UAE, in theory, has a President… who is chosen from the hereditary sheikhs of the 7 emirates that form the federation. He’s not a king – and certainly not monarch over the *whole* UAE, precisely, but I sure as heck won’t call the UAE a republic either.

    Gregory Kong (dfcef0)

  19. Liberals always reveal who or what they fear the most.

    President Ted Cruz

    I LIKE that idea.

    (and the part about some unilateral payback)

    jakee308 (d409c2)

  20. It’s agreeable that the Post, which has retained a tincture of professionalism the Times disposed of a half-generation ago and always had a much more engaging editorial and op-ed page, does not maintain a completely sectarian conception of political ethics. Sadly, most partisan Democrats do.

    Art Deco (ee8de5)

  21. Those Kingly powers are not really something to worry about. Should anyone but a dem choose to use them the Times and the WAPO will along with all the other BM outlets be all over it.

    f1guyus (647d76)

  22. Kevin M @ 14

    A foolish Barack Obama is the result of little minds.


    That sounds like something Dan Quayle might have said.

    (d91a9f) — 11/18/2014 @ 8:46 am

    When you take the UNCF model that, what a waste it is to lose one’s mind, or not to have a mind is being very wasteful, how true that is.

    – Speech to the United Negro College Fund (9 May 1989), mangling the Fund’s slogan “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  23. Patterico:

    It is 2017. Newly elected President Ted Cruz (R) insists he has won a mandate to repeal Obamacare. The Senate, narrowly back in Democratic hands, disagrees. Mr. Cruz instructs the Internal Revenue Service not to collect a fine from anyone who opts out of the individual mandate to buy health insurance, thereby neutering a key element of the program.

    That won’t happen, because Congress will do it befroe, and if not, Obama will beat him to the bunch.

    Yes, Obama will do that.

    It would not be asafe bet to say he will not.

    Of course, only one year at a time.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  24. And yet, Saddam’s Iraq was a republic, and so was the USSR (or at least the individual elements thereof). It need not have to do with voting (although that is 1 modern definiton), just that the rulers are not hereditary.

    “1. a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

    2. any body of persons viewed as a commonwealth.

    3. a state in which the head of government is not a monarch or other hereditary head of state.”

    If there are only 10 electors choosing a president, and it purports to be a commonwealth, it is a republic by all three definitions. Were it not for the seemingly hereditary outcomes, North Korea would be a Republic.

    Kevin M (d91a9f)

  25. Sammy, a Spoonerism is sometimes intentional.

    Kevin M (d91a9f)

  26. If there are only 10 electors choosing a president that’s called an oligarchy. Some more, an aristocracy.

    If no one inherits positions, and in principle everybody is equal, it is a republic, I think.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  27. it’s scary not knowing what obama’s gonna do with his hitler-like powers on any given day

    there’s nothing you can do to protect yourself and your family

    you just have to hope you’ll be ok

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  28. well no, pikachu it’s more like Darth Helmet, from the spaceball films,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  29. either way it’s terrifying and exhausting living under siege like this

    Christmas can’t come soon enough

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  30. The problem with the Post’s editorial is that we all know there is no symmetry between the parties. The Dems are shameless, but the Republicans are not. Democrats don’t need to fear tit-for-tat from the Republicans, because such behavior is simply not in the GOP playbook. Republicans have neither the principles nor the strategic sense to stand up for the interests of their constituents and fight the good fight. Obama and the Democrats wouldn’t be acting the way they are if there was any concern about such a reversal.

    Just as Obama’s weakness in foreign affairs has emboldened our enemies abroad, the ongoing weakness of the Republican Party has emboldened the President. It seems there is no ethical breach the President can commit that is sufficient for the Republican congress to slow down the ongoing funding of the government, let alone impeach the man. If it is fair to blame the ascendancy of our enemies on the fecklessness of our President – and, surely it is – it is equally fair to blame the lawlessness of Obama on the fecklessness of our party, the Republican Party, and its leadership. There is a reason that the Post used Senator Cruz in their hypothetical: he is the only Republican presidential contender with the good judgment to give the Democrats a taste of their own medicine.

    ThOR (130453)

  31. What State of siege you in, happyfeet?

    mg (31009b)

  32. Sammy, after Richard Pryor and Michael Jackson set their heads on fire, a new organization sprang up. The Ignited Negro College Fund. Its motto was “A mind is a terrible thing to baste”.

    I know how happyfeet feels. It’s mildly cool in Chicago, around 10 below zero windchill this morning, and it kind of makes you want to stay indoors.

    nk (dbc370)

  33. 10 below is mildly cool? Crikey, here in AZ that’s unthinkable.

    Gazzer (cb9ee2)

  34. it’s very brisk

    i need to find a costco and stock the bunker

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  35. Straight South on Damen to Clybourn (at Diversey just before the river) slight left on Clybourn, Costco is half(?) a mile down on Clybourn on your right.

    nk (dbc370)

  36. that’s definitely do-able thank you

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  37. Is there an ‘impeachment’ equivalent for congresscritters, specifically Senators? Isn’t it basically violation of their oath of office to uphold the Constitution to send the Preezy a letter saying “please please steal our duty under the separation of powers?”

    Or does that all fall to the administration to prosecute? In which case, there’s a bit of a hole in the whole rock-paper-scissors routine.

    rtrski (336865)

  38. This is where I warm up when passing through Chicago, happyfeet.

    mg (31009b)

  39. it’s mid-80’s here today…

    again. 😎

    redc1c4 (4db2c8)

  40. “10 below is mildly cool? Crikey, here in AZ that’s unthinkable.”

    The year I spent in New Hampshire, it was 26 below Thanksgiving morning. No wind chill.

    They have been lucky enough to have Democrats running things and now have a crisis in energy.

    Jennifer Horn said Tuesday she made the right-to-know request to determine how much the governor knew about the potential crisis, while the governor’s campaign called the request “a blatant political stunt.”
    Recently the Public Utilities Commission approved a rate increase for Liberty Utilities that will result in a $42 to $50 increase in the average monthly residential bill. Requests for two other substantial increases in winter electric rates are pending.
    due to the region’s dependence on natural gas to generate electricity.

    Guess what party the governor is.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  41. ==Guess what party the governor is.==


    elissa (846912)

  42. Time to break out the Chicago Temperature Conversion Chart again:


    60° F: Arizonans shiver uncontrollably; people in Chicago are still sunbathing.

    50° F: Californians try to turn on the heat; people in Chicago plant gardens.

    40° F: Italian sports cars won’t start; people in Chicago drive with the windows down.

    32° F: Distilled water freezes; Lake Michigan water gets thicker.

    20° F: Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves and wool hats; people in Chicago throw on a light jacket.

    15° F: People in Chicago have the last cookout before it gets cold.

    0° F: All the people in Phoenix die. Chicagoans close the windows.

    10° below zero: Californians fly away to Mexico . The Girl Scouts in Chicago are selling cookies door to door.

    25° below zero: Hollywood disintegrates; people in Chicago get out their winter coats.

    40° below zero: Washington, DC runs out of hot air; people in Chicago let the dogs sleep indoors.

    100° below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Chicagoans get frustrated because they can’t start ‘da car.’

    460° below zero: All atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale); people in Chicago start saying, ‘cold ’nuff for ya?’

    500° below zero: Hell freezes over. The Cubs win the World Series.

    nk (dbc370)

  43. Please allow me to introduce myself
    I’m a man of stealth and haste
    I’ve been around for six long years
    Stole many a man’s cash and faith
    And I was ’round when Chief Justice John
    Had his moment of doubt and shame
    Made damn sure that Biden
    Washed his hairs, clear-sealed his pate
    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guess my name
    But what’s bumfuzzeling you
    Is where to place the blame
    I stuck around Jakarta
    When my ma thought it time for a change
    Ate a dog and his testicles
    not a scrap went down the drain
    I smoked some boo
    teachers had no clue
    was head of my class
    smoke blown up my ass
    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
    Ah, what’s puzzling you
    Is the nature of my fame

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  44. that’s not too far Mr. mg

    though you never know about parking i guess

    but I’m bookmarking

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  45. nk that is funny because our new snowbird neighbors (here in AZ)from Wisconsin were sitting poolside in 65 degree weather while all our neighbors were donning the fleece.

    Gazzer (cb9ee2)

  46. Well the Schumer Pelosi Reid Obama clique never did understand that what goes around comes around.

    And if you have an incumbent President who acts like Louis XIV of France–well set the precedent–and see what happens.

    That’s not a good idea. Good King Obozo should wake up, slap himself in the face, and say, “Hey, I’m a con law professor and I respect the Constituion. What was I thinking?”

    Well that scene and the tooth fairy will arrive anytime now.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  47. keystone xl pipeline fails in Senate. Will Mary Landrieu fit under a bus?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  48. “40° F: Italian sports cars won’t start; people in Chicago drive with the windows down.”

    Mine start just fine with temps in the 20s.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  49. Have you seen a chart of votes on Keystone, Col.? I’m curious who the Senate Dem “aye” votes were.

    elissa (846912)

  50. Mine too Colonel, not that we get down that low very often, though.

    Gazzer (cb9ee2)

  51. If not under a bus, in a section of pipe.

    mg (31009b)

  52. This is how it was supposed to shake out. If it failed 59-41 then the votes should have been as predicted in articles like this.

    Steve57 (c4b0b3)

  53. Via David Freddoso, the full list of Democrat ayes on Keystone…

    Begich (gone in January)
    Landrieu (almost certainly gone in January)
    Hagan (gone in January)
    Pryor (gone in January)
    Walsh (gone in January)

    It will be interesting to see if all the surviving Dems on this list will vote the same way again when the new Congress is sworn in and Keystone comes up for another vote with an R majority.

    elissa (846912)

  54. “Congress is not — nor should it be — in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project,” King said in a statement.

    oh mercy he’s even dumber than the bimbos before him

    happyfeet (831175)

  55. Last time I checked, Cruz was born in Canada and is therefore ineligible to be President.

    Brian (6a917d)

  56. thanks, elissa, no I hadn’t seen the list. Saw when the final count was made and then some yahoos up in the nosebleed section went all apey.

    re: #53… funny stuff, mg!. But it would have to be re-inforced pipe.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  57. P.S. The polls are ever-so-slightly against Obama taking this breathtakingly unconstitutional action: 46-42.

    That’s the form of “I’m-okay-you’re-okay” stupidity that I think will eventually sink this nation, in which we increasingly take on the characteristics of a society in Central or South America. But not so much just in regards to changing demographics observed indifferently (or even enthusiastically) by much of that 42%, but a tolerance of the philosophical-political decrepitude and corruption that plague nations like Mexico and Argentina.

    Mark (c160ec)

  58. 11. Jefferson,

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

    500K is not the rosiest scenario.

    DNF (3b2963)

  59. Animals on this side, racists on the other:

    Martial law on the doorstep.

    DNF (3b2963)

  60. 58.Last time I checked, Cruz was born in Canada and is therefore ineligible to be President.

    Not if at least one parent is American, Brian. Doesn’t matter where you’re born as long as at least one parent is American so are you. If not, then every kid born to a service member over seas would not be American.

    Hoagie (4dfb34)

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