'Lawlessness is Now the Dominant Theme in the Obama Saga'
William A. Jacobson, writing in the Washington Examiner notes that "For years, critics of President Obama and his administration have complained about a rising disregard for the rule of law," an a "unexpected" development for an administration led by a man who boasted repeatedly on the campaign circuit in 2007 and 2008 of being such an astute Constitutional scholar:
Overall, the Obama administration is having a miserable term at the Supreme Court, even aside from these unanimous rejections of its positions.
While the government typically wins 70 percent of the cases at the Supreme Court, this term its win percentage is only 39 percent of the cases in which it was a party.
The Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, finding that the Obamacare contraception mandate was invalid in some circumstances, was a fitting end to a term in which the high court handed the administration one high profile loss after another.
There always is an uneasy balance between the executive branch and the Congress. That balance is upset when the executive branch treats legislation as a mere enabler and not as binding law, and when the executive branch engages in power grabs at the expense of the Congress and citizens.
It is that disregard for the rule of law that has become the central narrative of the Obama administration.
Which is taking "phoning it in" to new heights. As Patrick Howley notes at the Daily Caller today, "Former Obama administration Labor Secretary Hilda Solis illegally solicited funds for Obama’s re-election campaign:"
Solis pressured a Labor Department employee who worked under her to contribute to an Obama campaign fundraiser that she was headlining at the La Fonda Supper Club in Los Angeles, according to bombshell new audio released by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa Wednesday. Solis was prohibited from fundraising by the federal Hatch Act, which pertains to all Cabinet members.
“Hi—this is Hilda Solis calling, um, just calling you off-the-record here—Wanted to ask you if you could, um, help us get folks organized to come to a fundraiser that we’re doing for Organizing for America for Obama campaign on Friday at La Fonda at 6 p.m.,” Solis said in a voicemail recording.
Howley adds that "Solis was on official duty in her capacity as Labor Secretary when she traveled to Los Angeles to headline the fundraiser in March 2012."
But as with Fast & Furious, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Obamacare, and all of the other Cook County-style scandalsm which overwhelm the Obama administration's critics in "dense pack" style, will there be any repercussions for Solis?