I believe I pointed out something similar with regards to Republicans threatening to use the “nuclear option” on the filibuster awhile back. Now the folks at the Cato Blog are pointing out how the precedents set by the Bush administration and cheered by many Republicans could come back to bite them in the ass should the Dems capture the White House:
What I do know is that if Hillary is the next president, she’ll be able to lay claim to a number of vast, extraconstitutional powers championed by right-wingers like, uh, John Podhoretz. Among those powers is the ”inherent executive authority” to wiretap at will and, perhaps, to seize American citizens on American soil and hold them without charges for the duration of the war on terror — in other words, forever.
The ’90s weren’t that long ago. And I remember a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth over misused FBI Files and suspicious IRS audits. Over the last four and a half years, many of the same wailers and gnashers have cheer-led the concentration of unreviewable power in the executive branch, as if George W. Bush would be the last president ever to wield that power. And now, lo and behold, there’s the mistress of Travelgate warming up in the on-deck circle. Join me in a bitter chuckle.
Funny, that didn’t make me feel better.
Honestly, it doesn’t make me feel any better either. Bush has spent his entire time in office opening up one major can of worms after another and while I side with the Democrats more often than the Republicans I’m not going to be any happier seeing them abuse these new Presidential powers than I have been with Bush. Republicans like to claim that President Clinton did a lot of damage to the office of the President by getting a hummer in the Oval Office, but I think the real damage has been done by the expansion of Executive Powers under the Bush Administration.
They’re not going to be cheering so loudly once the opposition gets back into power. Can you imagine the heart attacks if it ends up being Hillary and she makes use of these new powers?