One might forgive a little autocratic hyperbole in the heat of a campaign season, but Obama isn’t joking. He can’t wait. Only recently, he circumvented Congress on college loans and mortgages; he directed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act; through rulemaking, he empowered the Environmental Protection Agency to effectively institute legislation that Democrats could not pass; he involved the United States in military action in Libya (the right kind of warring, apparently) without congressional consent; he installed four recess appointments without a recess; and that’s just for starters.
This week he couldn’t wait again. — having a president undo a perfectly legitimate legislative deadlock by simply ignoring the law is a precedent that should alarm everyone. So should Obama’s invocation of executive privilege in the Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation regarding a document that he supposedly knew nothing about.