Honey, I Shrunk The Oval Office
Honey, I Shrunk the Oval Office
In 1973, the late, great historian Arthur Schlesinger published The Imperial Presidency, charting the post-World War II expansion of presidential power and warning that the office had dangerously diverged from the parameters established by the Constitution and subsequent precedent. Donald Trump’s election last year was greeted with horror (among his detractors) and glee (among his supporters) in no small measure because of the expectation that he would be able to use the powers of the presidency to enact sweeping and radical change.
Eight months into his term, little of that is in evidence. Imperial presidency? Hardly. More like the not-so-imperial …