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You’ve Been Warned

Oh goody

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer sent an e-mail early Tuesday to preview President Obama’s plan to use his executive power in ways Americans have never seen before.

“President Obama has a resolution for 2014: That this will be a year of action,” Pfeiffer said in the e-mail, pointing out that Obama would no longer be waiting around for Congress to get things done.

“Instead, the president will use his executive authority, both his pen and his phone, to work with anyone to get things done — whether they be leaders in business, education, Congress, states, or local communities,” he said.

This is a familiar trope from the Obama White House, of course but, still, it ought not to be taken lightly. As I said repeatedly in the run-up to the 2012 election, unfettered by having to face the electorate again, a second Obama term would be a nightmare for the country — four years of unencumbered mischief in the Oval Office while the criminal organization masquerading as a political party gets on with the serious business of picking its next candidate to ensure that eight years of “fundamental change” are irreversible: 

Starting on the day he was elected four years ago, Barack Obama immediately began running for reelection, instituting the imaginary “Office of the President-Elect” before his inauguration, and then taking the Clintonian notion of the Permanent Campaign to the next level. For four years, he rolled off the actual duties of the Oval Office job to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Kathleen Sebelius and a host of other czars and surrogates while he played “the president” on television, speechifying, golfing, partying and never missing an opportunity to attack and humiliate his political “enemies” (to use his term) — who mostly just smiled and took it, instead of calling him on his bad manners. Paul Ryan, famously, was on the receiving end of his churlishness, as were the members of the Supreme Court. And yet Obama did it, confident there would be no adverse consequences. He was right; when his president needed him to uphold Obamacare, John Roberts rolled right over, assuring his place in legal infamy forever.

Most every president hopes for a second term, but this bunch understood from the jump that the second term is everything. Harry Reid sounds and acts like a man who never expects the Democrats to lose another election. And what are the Washington Generals up to now? Hey, look over there! It’s Chris Christie on top of the George Washington Bridge! Alert the media!

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