October 28, 2014

IRA STOLL: Beware Obama’s Post-Election Surprises. “The ‘post-election surprises’ issue generates passion because of the way it inverts the traditional civics class consent-of-the-governed democratic theory. Our textbook ideal of a president would do what he wants, then let voters pass judgment; or at the very least, say publicly what he wants, and hope voters ratify those goals in an election. Obama, by contrast, cloaks his agenda in some mystery. He also appears prepared to go ahead and do what he wants to do anyway, even if the voters in the congressional elections reject the agenda he has disclosed.”

He has contempt for the electorate. And, considering that it elected him, he has reason.

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