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Chris Hayes
One way to understand the constitutional grant of powers to the president is that the president can do *literally* whatever he wants as long as he can hold onto the votes of 35 senators in his party. Which is...kinda grim when you think about it!
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Chris Hayes Nov 21
Replying to @chrislhayes
This goes back to the key flaw of the institution design, which was the belief that the differnet branches would be jealous of their own power, and check each other, but that's not really how it's worked out and very much not how it works under conditions of intense polarization
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Josiah Neeley 🤔 Nov 21
Replying to @chrislhayes
Of course, in reality the president can’t even get his own executive branch officials to follow his orders
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Chris Hayes Nov 21
Replying to @jneeley78
the irony is that congressional GOP are much more amenable than the people who work for him!
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Seth Mandel Nov 21
Replying to @chrislhayes
This is more true on foreign policy though—there are aspects of domestic policy he can be constrained effectively
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Chris Hayes Nov 21
Replying to @SethAMandel
I think that's true, though also depends on him or her choosing to be restrained, particularly vis a vis the courts. But I also mean in it terms of just sheer criminality.
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Jamal Greene Nov 21
Replying to @chrislhayes
Trump has always been a step ahead on this point.
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Chris Hayes Nov 21
Replying to @jamalgreene
yes although through a kind of feral, instinctual habit
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KD Nov 21
Replying to @chrislhayes
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VentaDarling Nov 21
Remember when Collins, Murkowski and Manchin had the deciding votes on the Kavanaugh confirmation? That meant 3 states with a combined pop of under 4 million, a little over 1% of the US, decided the fate of a 30 year SCOTUS position!!
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Windsor Mann Nov 21
I keep coming back to this column by last month. You want grim? This is grim.
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Elaine Taylor Nov 21
We are nearly there. Senate Republicans aren’t going to experience a collective crisis of conscience. Not one of them.
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