Some Imperial Presidencies Are More Equal than Others

To wit: President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders. When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more …

In which Dick Cheney’s Critics Go Silent

Remember when Dick Cheney oversaw the creation and proceedings of an energy task force that met with executives from major oil companies? Remember the furor and anger these secret meetings caused? Remember how the meetings were supposed to be some kind of affront against transparency? Remember when Cheney's critics said that if they ever got into power, …

The State of Speechmaking about the State of the Union

Last night's State of the Union address was replete with platitudes, buzzwords, lame rhetorical tricks, and the same old same old. There was nothing, new, path-breaking or consequential that came out of it. Given former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's admission that President Obama "stopped trying to change Washington years ago," I suppose that none of …