[Scanning through draft posts to see what I never got around to putting up, I found this. It’s pretty untimely now, but it’s still worth putting out there.]
Meanwhile, Rick Perry is proposing a part-time Congress, desperately hoping to play on the institution’s current 9% approval rating to rebuild his crumbling presidential hopes. It’s amusing to see a so-called conservative basing his campaign on a platform of radical constitutional change. This is, of course, the kind of thing a president simply can’t do. Article 5 of the Constitution governs the amendment process, and provides no role at all for the president. Of course he can submit a proposed amendment to Congress, assuming the House and Senate leadership is willing to do anything more than ignore it. Now imagine President Perry sending Congress such a proposed constitutional amendment and expecting 2/3 of each house to approve slashing their own pay and limiting their own effective authority. I don’t know about you, but I would hold my breath waiting for it to happen. And let’s not be coy about the real effect of such a proposal, which is a massive shift of governing power to the executive branch. Thank god this pecker-headed piss-ant politician will never be president.