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They Pull Me Back In

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On September 14, 2011
I have been informed by several commenters that the beliefs about the limits of presidential power held by pretty much everyone to have studied the issue have been proven wrong.   I am especially happy to provide the link, as I can’t imagine a better (if inadvertent) case that there was no plausible path to a […]

The Bush Non-Steamroller

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On August 18, 2011
Matt has some useful additions to my post yesterday on presidential power. On the second term, one could add the the 2005 bankruptcy “reform,” which again involved legislation supported by powerful interests, an issue that doesn’t divide the Republican coalition, and key support from parasite-state Democrats. Where one of these conditions wasn’t present, Bush’s allegedly […]

The Sorkin Fallacy

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On August 8, 2011
Since I was accused by a couple people in the last presidential power thread of creating a strawman, I should note that David Sirota and especially Drew Westen have provided the latest very real examples of people asserting that FDR imposed an uncompromising liberal agenda on Congress.  (Westen, needless to say, mentions the “I welcome […]
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