Ruth Marcus: Obama not as lawless as GOP contends

4:36 PM, Aug. 22, 2013
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Conservatives are in high dudgeon about what they see as President Obama's arrogant lawlessness. He has usurped congressional authority and violated his duty to faithfully execute the law, they contend, by ignoring statutes with which he disagrees and summarily rewriting the problematic parts of those he likes.

"Under President Obama, inconvenient or unpopular legal requirements have repeatedly been swept aside by executive fiat," Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn wrote in National Review.

There is an undeniable element of political theater here. Contrast the howls of Republican ...

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