Our other former contributor, current HotAir contributor Howard Portnoy gives us a Tuesday twofer in the annals of partisan blindness to the absolutely obvious:
Last week Walker signed into law a bill that will require a two-thirds supermajority in the legislature, or a statewide referendum, to raise income, sales or corporate franchise taxes. Imagine if President Obama had insisted that a two-thirds majority be required to repeal his health-care law?
In fact, Obama is insisting that a two-thirds majority is required to repeal ObamaCare. Hasn’t Dionne ever heard of the presidential veto?
The question is intended as rhetorical, but I for one would love to hear Dionne’s answer.
Far be it from me to get in EJ Dionne’s way as he rushes to answer Howard’s devastating argument, but a law that introduces a 2/3 requirement obviates the executive’s veto power, and operates on a different level. It would, in theory, render a future President Palin or Governor Favre unable to overturn or move beyond the legislation in question without a 2/3 majority in whichever legislature. That is one reason why, when the Democrats under Reid did discuss super-majority requirements in the Affordable Care Act, fellow hacks serious observers on Taranto and Portnoy’s side did in fact raise holy heck about it.