Rich Galen

In the early days of his Presidency he stacked the Executive Office of the President with "Czars" who had no responsibility to the Congress because they were not confirmed by the Senate. They oversaw Cabinet Departments which are responsible (if not responsive) to the Congress. A clear end-run around the requirement for Senatorial Advice and Consent.

In Obama's America we would go back to 1214 - a year before King John of England was forced to sign the first iteration of the Magna Carta establishing some of the earliest limits on Royal (read: "Executive") power.

Obama has claimed to be a Constitutional scholar or, at least, that claim has been made on his behalf. Thus, as we discussed last week the doctrine of "Judicial Review" was established in the earliest days of the Constitution in Marbury v. Madison (1803) should be familiar to him.

It is also amusing and ironic to note that Barack Obama now finds himself in the same Scorn-the-Court Tent as his political soul mate, Newt Gingrich.

Last December, when Gingrich was riding high in the polls, he announced that he was, according to the LA Times:

"determined to expose the myth of 'judicial supremacy' and restrain judges to a more limited role in American government. 'The courts have become grotesquely dictatorial and far too powerful,' he said in [one of the Iowa debates.]"

Gingrich was widely jeered for his position on Executive Supremacy, but that same position, when taken by Obama less than three months later, appears to be nothing more than fodder for thoughtful, chin stroking analysis by his Washington-based professional apologists.

Gingrich and Obama: Joined at the lip.

Unlike just about everyone else in Your Nation's Capital, I have no idea how the Supreme Court will rule on Obamacare. Trying to deign where each Justice will come out based upon their questions (or lack of) reminded me of covering Municipal Court in Marietta, Ohio 45750 as a young reporter and thinking "this guy's going to get off because juror number 4 has not made eye contact with the City Prosecutor."

We had better start paying closer attention to King Barack's assaults on the Constitution or we may wake up one day and find he has effectively torn it up.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at