The PJ Tatler

When a Republican Was President, Hillary Clinton Wanted to Limit Presidential Power. Now She Doesn't.

Hillary Clinton came out in favor of President Obama’s unilateral amnesty last night.

This is perhaps the least surprising event of the week.

As a political matter, what else was the concealer of the Rose Law Firm records and the swatter of “bimbo eruptions” going to do? The Democrat base wanted Obama’s amnesty. Hillary Clinton needs the Democrat base to realize her dreams of power in a couple of years. So like Barack Obama, she will pretend not to have made the following statements on curbing presidential power — conveniently made when neither she nor her husband nor any other Democrat actually occupied the presidency.

Clinton et al only believe in curbing presidential power when the nation has a Republican president. The sooner Republicans absorb that truth, the better.

Hillary Clinton, 2006: Say, let’s save our republic by limiting presidential power.

Hillary Clinton, 2007: Let’s rein in the presidency.

Senator Hillary Clinton said yesterday that if she is elected president, she intends to roll back President Bush’s expansion of executive authority, including his use of presidential signing statements to put his own interpretation on bills passed by Congress or to claim authority to disobey them entirely. “I think you have to restore the checks and balances and the separation of powers, which means reining in the presidency,” Clinton told the Boston Globe’s editorial board.

Hillary Clinton, 2007: Bush is a power-grabby president.

QUESTION: “And what specific powers might you relinquish as president, or renegotiate with Congress – for example the power to declare a US citizen an enemy combatant?”

CLINTON: “Well, I think it is clear that the power grab undertaken by the Bush-Cheney administration has gone much further than any other president and has been sustained for longer.

Hillary Clinton, 2008: Hey, we have an “imperial presidency” and that’s bad.

Hillary Clinton, 2008: Bush has “rewritten our laws” through signing statements. We have to have a president who “follows the laws.”

CLINTON: “This administration’s unbridled ambition to transform the executive into an imperial presidency in an attempt to strengthen the office has weakened our nation. It has corrupted and corroded our moral authority and brought our prestige and reputation to its lowest ebb.

Hillary Clinton, 2008: That whole “separation of powers” thing is pretty good and we should stick with it.

All of the above statements have now expired.