It seems like there are a couple of ways you can legitimately flip flop if you are the president of the United States.
First, your position can slowly evolve. That is, you think on it until political circumstances change or your vice president gets out ahead of you on the issue. At that point, your evolution is complete, and you can suddenly decide that you are, say, pro-gay marriage, or whatever else it is you are evolving on at the moment.
The other way is, you formally charge your aides with studying the issue by conducting a review of the issue. Not that they would have any idea what conclusions they need to come to after they have conducted said review, of course. I mean, we wouldn’t want it to be any kind of rigged review, now would we? This is the transparency administration, after all, despite what that Gruber said.
So when President Obama was, to use a technical term, pretty damn clear in September 2013 that he couldn’t expand his “Temporary Dreamer Amnesty” to their parents and others my simply not enforcing the law for them either, it seemed like he was in a box.
Here’s what he said.
If we start broadening that, then essentially I would be ignoring the law – in a way that I think it would be very difficult to defend legally. So that’s not an option.
Well, that was that, it seemed. I mean, Obama is an attorney – or he was until he inactivated his law license – and a Constitutional scholar to boot.
So how could he change his statement when it turned out a year later that BROADENING THAT and IGNORING THE LAW is exactly what he wanted to do.
Go get a review!!
And that’s exactly what he did. According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Obama “ordered a broader, in depth review of existing law,” broader than whatever review he’d done to come to his previous, now inoperative, conclusion.
Earnest said Tuesday:
Since this interview aired, the president did direct the attorney general and the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a review of the law to determine what, if any, authority he could use to try to fix some of the problems that House Republicans have refused to address. So this is something that has been under consideration for some time.
Presto! Now we’re going to be able to exert power via executive order, granting temporary amnesty to Dreamers’ parents and lots of other lawbreakers, and Congress can seriously go stick its head in a toilet!
This is an exciting new era in presidential leadership, I have to admit. You may be aghast, but I am an adventurer by nature, and I’m looking forward to the next review, and the next wholesale change in policy.
I mean, anything could happen!