House Intransigence Just Helps The Executive, Which Helps Nobody

by evanmcmurry

Robert Farley with a good point: to the extent that the nonsense over the Disabilities Act underscores how pointless it is to work with the GOP-run House on anything, at all, ever, executive power will only expand and entrench:

The overall effect of the abdication of serious foreign policy thinking (and I mean “serious” in a sense of the term that includes John McCain, with all the absurdity that entails) on the part of the GOP’s legislative cohort would seem to be an enhancement of executive foreign policy prerogative.  Agreements (bilateral or multilateral) once subjected to the treaty process will now be conducted by executive agreement; ongoing operations (whether legitimately covert or not) will increasingly be screened from Congressional oversight, as such oversight will amount to little more than efforts at point scoring.

This is a direct consequence of the “throw the bums out” mentality that saw legislative experience as a fault and elected a bunch of dolts who don’t know the difference between acting as a check and as a wall. But expanded executive power is bad for everyone, including future Houses. If the much-ballyhooed demographic shift we saw in 2012 does in fact mean that Republicans will lose more national elections, they might want to consider whether compromising occasionally might keep some of the power in their chamber. The less they can be worked with, the more people will find ways around them. What good does that do anybody?