Today’s NYT carries the thoughtful comments of Garry Wills. New York Times Long known for his insightful critiques of politics, government and religion, Mr. Wills makes the case that Hillary’s election unavoidably creates a plural presidency. When the Constitutional Convention debated whether to have more than a single executive, the prevailing argument was:
One man will be more responsible than three. Three will contend among themselves till one becomes the master of his colleagues. In the triumvirates of Rome, first Caesar, then Augustus, are witnesses of this truth. The kings of Sparta and the consuls of Rome prove also the factious consequences of dividing the executive magistracy.” Wills adds: their argument is as good now as when they embedded it in the Constitution.
After highlighting VP Cheney’s abuses of his office, Wills concludes: at a time when we should be trying to return to the single-executive system the Constitution prescribes, it does not seem to be a good idea to put another co-president in the White House.