“To him, it mattered a lot that the powers of Congress are listed first in the Constitution, in Article One, while the powers of the president are listed second, in Article Two.”
That was the extent of his much-vaunted dedication to the Constitution. In other word his interest was in protecting his power and influence as a member of Congress. He was jealous of his power and didn’t wanted anybody encroaching on it.
Exactly. He did work to great lengths to protect the Congressional balance of power. I suppose in a positive light, this is a good thing because we live in an age of ever growing Executive power, and he did his part to slow or prevent that growth. On the flip side, he should be seen as the largest pork barrel spender in history.