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The congress and the president confronted with a major vote.
On Syria on which he's gonna have to expend.
Whatever political capital he has to try to prevail.
This will be followed by debates on budgetary issues on efforts to stop Obama care and so on down the line.
One where does this fight on Syria Syria Harvard comes -- leave him.
It was all the other issues he has to do.
Well -- just takes the clock away it's just makes that are more compressed effort and he needed time and got both caucuses on the hill trying to organize here.
Remember that John Boehner the speaker of the house promise there's going to be -- well fight well all of that energy is now pent up and just -- And I see the president and the congress focused on Syria not on these issues so it doesn't look like it helps to me I don't if they think the best -- Project as they kick the can down -- you know OK so -- We'll give you continuing resolution for the three months is to fund the government yet and then we'll we'll discuss this in December when we're not and then if the Syria but in terms of resolving anything.
It doesn't help and if you -- -- talking about bigger issues immigration reform for example.
He's stronger or weaker as a result of in the business of Syria when.
Issues if he doesn't get the vote this week our question.
Think that's right he's ironically enough stronger briefly on spending because I think this will take a little bit of the year out of the let's make an immediate plan on spending and they've -- do you think they'll kick it -- Down the road is as -- -- -- I think it's more likely be November but you're right we have.
The budget battle which needs to be resolved by the end of the month.
New fiscal year begins October 1 we got the debt ceiling problem which the administration Hussein -- saying it's gonna hit.
The debt ceiling in the middle of October and not have any tools left to play around with -- I don't think that's exactly true I think they will have some tools.
And we will have immigration which I think that's probably unfortunately likely -- a chance for scene for significant immigration legislation to come out of the house before the end -- That's exactly right and I think you know we in the press -- to try to fast for what is -- how how what impact this is going to have on the rest of Barack Obama's second term and I think it's not only whether he wins or loses the -- vote everyone in Washington thinks he's going to lose and maybe it's almost baked into the cake right now.
But if you look at what he hoped to do in his second term is -- controller for went nowhere.
Immigration much more complicated now I'm not sure was going to pass anyway but.
Soaking up so much of the option in the room that becomes more difficult and if the budget ends up a model and and there is no big showdown.
But we still have.
You know that's not something that the administration claim victory on.
And you've got a whole year where the president doesn't really everything can point to and people in this business -- saying well he's already link up with three years ago about.
What the president has from demonstrated about himself.
And his hold -- matter.
What does this do to his image what does his due to his -- what does this do to his his influence.
Everybody in the world including me thought that when he -- John Kerry out to make an impassioned speech why.
Aside it was a -- and a -- and we needed to go to war and then if roughly shifted course -- to go to the -- whether that was the right move politically or constitutionally or not.
The fact is the optics of -- we're terrible Barack Obama looked indecisive.
And so once a reputation -- to you of not having leadership qualities and certainly got some important things done and first term and got himself reelected.
But second terms tend to drift and this seems to be growing evidence that that is what is happening here.
And I think president's reputation may be hurt.
Much in the way that it was of perhaps what to -- for George W.
Bush to get things done after Katrina fairly or unfairly blamed for slow federal response that tends to have a lingering impact on how the commander in chief is perceived.
This this president has had an additional problem -- which is that if this vote goes down he will be seen on the international stage as -- And he will have forty months three and a half years left in office and this could be a very dangerous window for the United States of America now the president of the United States does have.
A great deal of leeway on the international stage to take action.
But there's going to be a time I suspect that if he does lose this vote.
That one of the dangers for the country's going to be that our adversaries are a testament and he's going to be in weakened position to to be tested one minor domestic issue.
The Affordable Care Act -- begin on October 1 the administration's original design for the fall was to spend a lot of time talking about.
Help people had to sign -- -- particularly going to -- the president and getting young people to sign up fort.
In order to make the economics of the work at least for the first year in order to make this thing work they got to have a lot of younger.
Healthier people sign up for an insurance in order to subsidize the less healthy uninsured we're going to be drawn into the system.
And Atlanta when I want.
This raises an intriguing question.
But the president.
Is confronted with this situations here he feels he must by virtue what he has said before about this and for all the reasons he has since given.
Act against the Syrian regime.
He has shown in Libya and pretzels -- that and about what he continues to say that he believes this can be done without congressional authority.
With with all that this does to to to take center stage.
Was so much business before congress why do you suppose it is time to disease.
The American people.
-- no question you look at the polls.
You know the polls are overwhelming right and I requested that they -- even worse before understated like 80%.
Well that raises the prospect.
Correct why would he take that chance when he could just go ahead with its going to be a short lived attack to a three days' worth of cruise missiles -- Wouldn't he be in a better position to go ahead and do it declare that he's done what he needed to do to punish aside and move on other things.
I think so I think he blinked.
I don't think he made the right move here but usually -- should not -- to congress.
Climbing up -- -- because I think congress has -- so much authority with regard to declarations of war we now talk about authorizations.
For military action in place of declarations of war and -- and I -- -- -- about a minute and a petition says there's one place to go for a declaration -- -- -- and it's -- the -- as -- in the congress -- they -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That's a little bit of an overstatement Anderson the moment in the -- constitutional debates where Patrick Henry says we have an historic draft constitution.
Too little restraint on the power the president make war.
And to which James Madison response.
In Britain the king has the power the sword in the parliament has the power of the purse and -- here.
We've had well over a hundred military conflicts only five have been declared -- -- -- made the point earlier than the Korean War was never declared to be aware and we've only had three authorizations.
The use of force of the president did have the capacity to go.
The failure to -- Don't dispute that conference and you look but you know look back.
Korea is a good example but Vietnam sort of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution it's all -- bet that the president require the president should have acted but he didn't.
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