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Turley: Obama Will 'Start to Lose Democrats' with Power Grab

Turley: Obama Will 'Start to Lose Democrats' with Power Grab


George Washington law professor Jonathan Turley, who self-identifies as a liberal and has supported President Barack Obama on numerous issues, argued that that the president’s attempts to expand the power of the executive branch will “cause serious problems,” and will “start to lose Democrats.” 

Turley characterized the Obama administration’s recent defeats at the Supreme Court “an as abysmal 10 days for this administration, the worst of any modern day president,” and added “it doesn’t get much worse than this for a president.”  Turley argued that today’s Hobby Lobby decision was “a very, very rough decision for the administration.”

He added that the president’s declaration that he go it alone on immigration reform if Congress wouldn’t act was a “pretty surprising statement” that “makes him look like a bad gambler in Vegas [who will] respond to this bad hand by playing additional hands.”  Turley concluded “the president of the United States can’t say the solution to gridlock is ‘you just simply have to resolve it on my terms.’ There’s a reason we’re not resolving it. Congress is divided because the public is divided in these areas.”

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