Craig Crawford: Obama’s Wisconsin Power Play

Is it legal for a president to lobby a state legislature? I guess so, but the constitutional implications are a bit worrisome.

Obama’s “political machine worked in close coordination” with Wisconsin labor unions to organize protests there and in other states, according to the Washington Post.

Their cause might be just, opposing cuts in benefits for public employees, but the proposed bill in the state legislature has nothing to do with the federal government. The Constitution’s Tenth Amendment supposedly reserves power over this sort of issue exclusively to the states.

You’d think Obama’s troubles with Congress keep him busy enough without picking on a state legislature.

Craig blogs daily for CQ Roll Call

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