“I’ll be honest with you, I have not seen — I don’t remember looking at or having seen the analysis in some time,” Holder said of the three categories Lee laid out that Obama could have used to delay the mandate, “so I’m not sure where along the spectrum that would come.”
“But you’re the attorney general, I’m sure he consulted you,” Lee interrupted, as Holder attempted to explain that he did not know what basis Obama had used for his executive order.
When Holder pushed back against Lee, saying that Obama’s limited use of executive orders have not gone outside of his constitutional power, Lee responded, “General Holder, I respectfully, but forcefully, disagree with the assertion.
“When you look at the quality, not just the quantity but the quality, the nature of the executive orders that he has issued, he has usurped an extraordinary amount of authority within the executive branch.”
Well, Holder has never argued a case before the Supreme Court, and has been what one might call a “political lawyer” his entire life.
Mike Lee, on the other hand, is the son of the former Reagan Solicitor General Rex Lee, and has been following SCOTUS, at first under his father’s tutelage, since he was ten years old. He was also a clerk for SCOTUS Justice Sam Alito, and he spent several years with the white shoe law firm Sidley & Austin specializing in appellate and Supreme Court litigation.
In other words, Holder is a bottom-feeding partisan legal hack, and Mike Lee is as close to a genuine constitutional scholar as we have in Congress today.
I know whose word I’d take on the Constitution. Clue: Not that of the bottom-feeding, partisan legal hack.