Under Review

5 comments October 24th, 2007at 03:35pm Posted by Eli

So here’s Hillary, being interviewed by the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky, on the hot-button topic of executive power:

Tomasky: If you become president you’ll enter the White House with far more power than, say, your husband had. What is your view of this? And what specific powers might you relinquish as president, or renegotiate with Congress – for example the power to declare a US citizen an enemy combatant?

Clinton: Well, I think it is clear that the power grab undertaken by the Bush-Cheney administration has gone much further than any other president and has been sustained for longer. Other presidents, like Lincoln, have had to take on extraordinary powers but would later go to the Congress for either ratification or rejection. But when you take the view that they’re not extraordinary powers, but they’re inherent powers that reside in the office and therefore you have neither obligation to request permission nor to ask for ratification, we’re in a new territory here. And I think that I’m gonna have to review everything they’ve done because I’ve been on the receiving end of that. There were a lot of actions which they took that were clearly beyond any power the Congress would have granted or that in my view that was inherent in the constitution. There were other actions they’ve taken which could have obtained congressional authorization but they deliberately chose not to pursue it as a matter of principle.

Tomasky: I guess I’m asking, can a president, once in the White House, actually give up some of this power in the name of constitutional principle?

Clinton: Oh, absolutely, Michael. I mean that has to be part of the review that I undertake when I get to the White House, and I intend to do that.

This is all well and good and everything, but I have to ask the question: Why wait until you get to the White House? You have a pretty good idea of what powers the Bush administration has grabbed, so why not perform that review now, and then tell everyone what you intend to roll back, rather than just saying that you’ll “review” it?

Sure, there’s probably some stuff no-one even knows about, but there’s no reason you can’t say, “Of the executive powers that I know about, here’s what I would change. There are probably some powers that this administration has assumed in secret, and I will look at those very thoroughly and very skeptically when I take office.”

How hard could it be?

Entry Filed under: Bush,Clinton,Constitution,Politics


  • 1. shoephone  |  October 24th, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    A “review”? That’s hte best she can offer? What’s so damned complicated about saying that the Bush White House has overstepped its authority, doesn’t have the constitutional right to all that unitary, unchecked power, and that she would nix half of the crap Bush has been doing if she wins the presidency.

    That’s our Hillary. Obfuscating and triangulating every which way but loose.

  • 2. Eli  |  October 24th, 2007 at 11:37 pm


  • 3. shoephone  |  October 25th, 2007 at 3:14 am

    LOL. Okay, Eli. You got me. She oughta be able to commit to at least 92%.

    The Democrats just wear me out. Especially the Hilldawg.

    (hey, I just made that up…)

  • 4. Cujo359  |  October 25th, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    That’s our Hillary, the Linus van Pelt of 21st Century politics.

  • 5. woodare  |  May 18th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

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