Republicans, some of whom still believe in the rule of law, seem shocked at the President’s vicious assault on the Constitution, on separation of powers, and on the Republic itself. That they are shocked in the first place is a sad reflection on how they view the world and the left’s strategies and tactics within the world, and their shock exposes the deadly, self-imposed handicap under which they labor.
Imagine that you are sending your army off to Europe to fight the Nazis. Imagine that you establish the following ground rules:
1. Marquis of Queensbury rules only for your troops: No biting, no gouging, no hitting below the belt. After all, we are gentlemen.
2. The enemy, on the other hand, will be free to use any methods, no matter how unfair or underhanded, because, after all, they aren’t gentlemen, and we can expect no better of them.
Now imagine that this is an existential battle, that is, that if you lose, you will be destroyed and your cause and your beliefs will die with you.
If that is the case, does it make any sense for you to impose such fatal restrictions on yourself? And why would you be shocked that the enemy bites, gouges, hits below the belt, and in every other way takes full advantage of your self-imposed weaknesses? After all, they intend to win. It is, however, questionable – to say the least – as to what your intentions are.
The shorter take: If the GOP says to Obama: “We’ll take impeachment off the table. We’ll take the power of the purse off the table. We’ll put our strongest constitutional weapons in the lockbox under the bed.”
Then why on earth would you be surprised to find that Obama immediately moves to take advantage of your weakness?