He's made it much more likely that future presidents will abuse the powers of the office, which he has recklessly expanded.
Speaking at the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles Sunday, with George Clooney in attendance, President Obama tried to rally 150 donors with remarks that ought to win some sort of Scandinavian-administered prize for chutzpah. "I can't recall an election in my lifetime in which the contrasts are sharper or the stakes are higher," he said, running through a long list of domestic-policy differences.
Then came the part that left me flabbergasted (emphasis added):
We haven't talked about what's at stake with respect to the Supreme Court. We haven't talked about what's at stake with respect to civil liberties. And obviously there's a lot at stake internationally. And an opponent who calls me ending the war in Iraq "tragic,"* or suggests that somehow we should stay longer in Afghanistan has a very different world view, different perspective.And so the question now is, how hard are we willing to fight for the vision that we profess? How hard am I willing to fight for it, but it's not just me in this thing -- how hard are you guys willing to fight for it?
Yes, let's talk about what's at stake with respect to civil liberties.