Internal White House Memo: Time for an Imperial Presidency! â€¦*Suckers*.
Sometimes I wonder whether the Obama administrationâ€™s absolute and total contempt for its most rabid supporters is based on the same thing as my absolute and total contempt for its most rabid supporters. Because letâ€™s face it: if you spent eight years screaming about Imperial Presidencies and Unitary Executives and how George Bush was a unilateralist cowboy and similar agitprop, this passage should be the equivalent of a poisoned-tipped dagger in the kidney.
Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer outlined the lessons learned in a three-page memo that Obama discussed with his Cabinet in recent weeks, according to several administration officials who have read the document.
Among its conclusions is that Obama, a former state legislator and U.S. senator, too often governed more like a prime minister than a president. In a parliamentary system, a prime minister is elected by lawmakers and thus beholden to them in ways a president is not.
As a result, Washington veterans have been brought into the West Wing to emphasize an executive style of governing that aims to sidestep Congress more often.
â€¦Should be, of course, but will not be, also of course. This feckless willingness to suborn oneâ€™s supposed principles in order to achieve a purely tribal partisan win would be the behavior pattern that triggered my aforementioned absolute and total contempt. And possibly Barack Obamaâ€™s as well. Iâ€™d ask him, but weâ€™re hardly on each otherâ€™s Christmas card lists.