The Corner

Law & the Courts

What’s Good for the Goose is Never Good for the Gander

President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives at the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, January 10, 2019. (Leah Millis/REUTERS)

I oppose a declaration of national emergency, but it’s pretty galling to see the same people who participated in or supported President Obama’s pen-and-phone governing suddenly concerned that a president might try to make an end-run around Congress (although Trump will at least try to make his case based on duly passed statues rather than just writing the law on his own the way Obama did with his unilateral amnesties). When Obama over-reached on immigration, those of us on the right were outraged, but I don’t remember any significant progressive dissent nor much outrage in the media, let alone serious talk of impeachment.

Andy made the case in his book, but no one was inclined to listen. When I suggested that Congress should not invite Obama to deliver the State of the Union in the Capitol given the contempt he showed for the institution, even Republicans said this would go too far. But here we are with Trump just considering the emergency gambit, which some serious people think would pass legal muster, and we are already hearing suggestions of impeachment. I’m not a what-aboutist, but the hypocrisy is constant, overwhelming, and disgusting.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

Most Popular

Elections

Stick a Fork in O’Rourke

If, as I wrote last week here, Joe Biden may save the Democratic party from a horrible debacle at the polls next year, Beto O’Rourke may be doing the whole process a good turn now. Biden, despite his efforts to masquerade as the vanguard of what is now called progressivism, is politically sane and, if ... Read More
Elections

In Defense of the Electoral College

Senator Elizabeth Warren has joined a growing chorus within the Democratic party in calling for the abolition of the Electoral College. Speaking at a forum in Mississippi on Monday night, Warren said that she hoped to ensure that “every vote matters” and proposed that “the way we can make that happen is ... Read More
Education

Ivy-League Schools Wither

A  number of liberal bastions are daily being hammered — especially the elite university and Silicon Valley. A Yale and a Stanford, or Facebook and Google, assume — for the most part rightly — that each is so loudly progressive that the public, federal and state regulators, and politicians would of ... Read More
National Security & Defense

In Defense of the Iraq War

Today is the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and Twitter is alive with condemnations of the conflict -- countered by precious few defenses. Yet I believed the Iraq War was just and proper in 2003, and I still believe that today. When Donald Trump condemned the war during the 2015 primary campaign and ... Read More