PAR FOR THE COURSE: Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won’t enforce it. “Obama frequently criticized President George W. Bush for such signing statements during his 2008 campaign.”
Obama should have vetoed the bill. He had every right to do so, because it was a Constitutionally impermissible intrusion by the Congress on the Executive’s Article II powers to “receive ambassadors.” Signing it and then refusing to enforce it simply muddles the Constitutional waters.
Although this may have simply been an effort on Obama’s part to deliver to Ted Cruz a swift kick in the nuts. Although Cruz was playing games here as well. He’s a constitutional lawyer, just as Obama is a former con law professor. Both know perfectly well where the ambassadorial power resides.
So Cruz gets to make Obama look like he won’t protect the US against the Iranian barbarians, and Obama gets to smack Cruz down. Cruz may come out ahead, because most Americans have little or no knowledge of their own Constitution, and so won’t understand that Obama has the right of it here – especially because the signing and refusal to enforce makes him look wishy-washy, and lets the right get in their zingers about Obama doing what he denounced Bush for doing.