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The Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency, explained {Obama apologist]
Vox ^ | 20 May 2014 | Ezra Klein

Posted on 05/23/2014 7:20:12 PM PDT by Cronos

Presidents consistently overpromise and underdeliver. What they need to say to get elected far outpaces what they can actually do in office. President Obama is a perfect example. His 2008 campaign didn't just promise health-care reform, a stimulus bill, and financial regulation. It also promised a cap-and-trade bill to limit carbon emissions, comprehensive immigration reform, gun control, and much more. His presidency, he said, would be change American could believe in. But it's clear now that much of the change he promised isn't going to happen — in large part because he doesn't have the power to make it happen.

...According to Brendan Nyhan, the Dartmouth political scientist who coined the term, the Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency is "the belief that the president can achieve any political or policy objective if only he tries hard enough or uses the right tactics." In other words, the American president is functionally all-powerful, and whenever he can't get something done, it's because he's not trying hard enough, or not trying smart enough.

he US President has little formal power to make Congress do anything. He can't force Congress to vote on a bill. He can't force Congress to pass a bill. And even if he vetoes a bill Congress can simply overturn his veto. So in direct confrontations with Congress — and that describes much of American politics these days — the president has few options.

.. Doesn't this let Obama off the hook?

For what? Not doing things he doesn't have the power to do?

Obama can do a good or bad job within the actual limits of the presidency.

(Excerpt) Read more at vox.com ...


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Blah, blah, blah -- it's Congress' fault Obama sucks -- that's the synopsis. It's incredible how far liberals will go to explain why they voted TWICE for this incompetent fool
1 posted on 05/23/2014 7:20:12 PM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos
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2 posted on 05/23/2014 7:24:53 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: Cronos

Mr. President?

3 posted on 05/23/2014 7:26:35 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: Cronos

Didn’t Green Lantern turn out to be gay? Just sayin’...


4 posted on 05/23/2014 7:28:27 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Cronos

He’s used the power and privileges of the Presidency to turn it into a party farce. //imho


5 posted on 05/23/2014 7:30:50 PM PDT by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: mkmensinger

The media has been hinting it all over the place for several years, although they can’t say it straight out and the public is too stupid to pick it up. However,, when Newsweek has him on the front with “The First Gay President” you can’t be much more obvious than that.


6 posted on 05/23/2014 7:31:50 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: Cronos
Obama can do a good or bad job within the actual limits of the presidency.

When has Obama let the limits of the Presidency get in the way of his doing something he wanted to do?

An even bigger question is when has the Congress ever stopped Obama from exceeding his presidential powers?

7 posted on 05/23/2014 7:42:48 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac
There was a thread earlier today in which the Democrats came right out and blatantly said (slight paraphrase): "If you don't let the president do exactly what he wants, then he'll just go and do exactly what he wants."

It's called dictatorship.

8 posted on 05/23/2014 7:48:43 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: Cronos
The Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency, explained {Obama apologist]
Presidents consistently overpromise and underdeliver. What they need to say to get elected far outpaces what they can actually do in office. President Obama is a perfect example.

Actually, no.
Obama is the extreme example by a huge margin, to date, in U.S. History.
Admittedly, I have not perused newspapers from every president's tenure, which is the only way historical reality can be checked.

Every period has examples of the tendency to pimp politically, and to engage in extreme irrational, unfounded, and often imaginary accusations, sort of like what Harry Reid has done repeatedly the last few years; In the past, however, no pretense was made to honor subtlety.

9 posted on 05/23/2014 7:52:44 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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.. Doesn't this let Obama off the hook?
For what? Not doing things he doesn't have the power to do?
Obama can do a good or bad job within the actual limits of the presidency.

I thought werwere dealing with an adult here, until I got to this part.

HELLO!!??!!

Obama has, if fact done dozens of things he does not have the legal Constitutional power to do. And he somehow devised a way to assure immunity from prosecution, by the simple (and brilliant!) expediency of appointing his own man; Owned literally and willingly, the only individual who has the power to prosecute a president, the Attorney General.

So those three sentences become meaningless, irrelevant, internally inconsistent and contradictory.

Now if the Supreme Court had the ability to accept challenges from THE PEOPLE, the one clear lapse of the Founding Fathers would disappear.

In their defense, however, historical context is everything. During that age, it was literally impossible for them to conceive that any individual attaining the highest office in the land would have the balls to attempt what Obama has done. Another mitigating factor is that then honor existed, as did dueling, which certainly would have solved the crisis, should it have been attempted then.

Other than that, it is a thought-provoking article.

10 posted on 05/23/2014 8:08:02 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: Cronos
But it's clear now that much of the change he promised isn't going to happen — in large part because he doesn't have the power to make it happen.

You need a lot more power than the U.S. president to force people to eat the Costco-sized tray of sh*t sandwiches he was serving up.

11 posted on 05/23/2014 8:11:59 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Cronos; Fred Nerks; Brown Deer; little jeremiah

It’s incredible how far liberals will go to explain why they voted TWICE for this incompetent fool>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

People are too quick to forget. Many of us called “birthers” and castigated buy the left and by progressives for seeking facts on the man they call Barack Obama have said it loud and often..

Obama was foisted on the electorate. He is supremely unqualified according to both the constitution and according to the experiential requirements of the office.

The truth will one day be revealed, likely after the great pretender leaves office. But those who live in the world of leftist utopia have accomplished their politically correct agenda of socializing the contry and polarizing it, crying “ Our First Black President!”

Barack Obama is no president. Its fairly obvious now, is it not? Let the race riots begin.


12 posted on 05/23/2014 8:12:24 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: publius911

0’s Executive orders amount to nothing more than a diary of a spoiled child that cannot converse or mingle with the crowd that knows the ledger put forth is nothing more than a binder of BS destined to destroy a Country!


13 posted on 05/23/2014 8:13:42 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: Cronos

Fake “Green Lantern” movie trailer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hTiRnqnvDs


14 posted on 05/23/2014 8:21:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
What do you call the greatest assembly of eunuchs since the fall of the Chinese Empire?

The US Congress.

15 posted on 05/23/2014 8:21:45 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Cronos

Well, we have gone from the brightest day to the blackest night....


16 posted on 05/23/2014 8:24:09 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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evidently green lantern forgot about the Mighty Pen and Lofty Royal Phone


17 posted on 05/23/2014 8:51:23 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: mkmensinger

Maybe he IS the Green Lantern, got hit by something yellow, and is now powerless.


18 posted on 05/23/2014 8:52:04 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Cronos

Truth is, he doesn’t even care enough to keep regular office hours.


19 posted on 05/23/2014 8:59:39 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Cronos

This guys is an idiot. Green Lantern is now an “openly gay” homosexual. LOL! Maybe I’m wrong. He might have nailed it.


20 posted on 05/23/2014 9:11:10 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Cronos
The analogy is all wrong, the Obama presidency has nothing to do with The Green Lantern and everything to do with The Black Knight. Obama was anointed by the media and elected because of his skin color. Since his first inauguration he has been given a pass for virtually every misstep because of his skin color.

While the media was cloaking Obama with mystical powers during the early part of his first administration and long afterward, massive power shifts from Article I to Article II institutions were occurring so the author could say:

There's plenty meanwhile that is actually up to the president. The Obama administration, for instance, was in charge of implementing Obamacare and they botched it badly. They have a lot of power to set sweeping limits on carbon emissions from power plants and there are real questions as to how they'll use it. They clearly have more power than they've chosen to exercise over the pace of deportations. They now have the ability to push both executive and judicial nominees through the Senate and so the continued slow pace of nominations is on them. The Treasury Department left a lot of money earmarked for helping homeowners languishing in a bank account.

The truth is we are now entering into a tyranny by bureaucracy in which the Congress of the United States has abdicated its responsibility to legislate and instead has simply told the executive branch address a problem, fix it, criminalize what you like, apprehend wrongdoers, try them, convict them and punish them; do all this without transparency or accountability and leave us the important tasks of addressing the names of our sports teams.

This has been covertly done by the Obama administration against virtually every sphere of private endeavor with massive loss of liberty. The implications of this are generally not appreciated by the American public. As long as the media succeeds in personalizing American politics by stories about the first family, or analogies about The Green Lantern, it will succeed in diverting attention away from reality and we will sink ever deeper into tyranny.


21 posted on 05/23/2014 10:27:53 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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