Saturday, May 31, 2008

Too good to be true?

From Reuters via hilzoy:

During a fund-raiser in Denver, Obama — a former constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago Law School — was asked what he hoped to accomplish during his first 100 days in office.

“I would call my attorney general in and review every single executive order issued by George Bush and overturn those laws or executive decisions that I feel violate the constitution,” said Obama

Obviously this appeals to me, because it is probably the first thing I would do if I were elected president. The question then becomes: (1) does he mean it? and (2) will he follow through on it?

I would like to believe he means it. His background as a ConLaw professor makes it more likely.

But even if he means it right now, it is easy to suppose that once he is in office he may hesitate or change his mind entirely. Anyone stepping into a position of virtually unlimited power, I would imagine, finds it a difficult choice to give up substantial elements of that power, especially if he or she sees themselves as an honorable steward who is unlikely to abuse them.

All of this remains to be seen. But the simple fact that Obama is thinking about this, and willing to state it publicly, is itself a reason for optimism. I seriously doubt you will hear either of the other two remaining candidates expressing such an idea.

5 comments:

Gleemonex said...

That's the thing with Obama -- I do believe he means it, and will do it. HRC wouldn't in a million years (wouldn't even consider it privately), and McCain would go the "I, personally, am a good steward of this power" route. Says me.

bgirl said...

If it weren't so well-documented, I would have a hard time believing he said this at all. It is damned nervey for a candidate to put this out there...which I why I get so hot and bothered about this guy. He does SEEM to shrug off politics-as-usual.

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