The Boston Globe has an interesting article on the candidates’ views on executive power. LithiumCola, on Tue Dec 25, 2007 at 07:46:13 PM PST, wrote an article on DailyKos that he began with this introduction:
The Boston Globe sent a questionnaire out to (nearly) all of the Presidential candidates in the Democratic and Republican parties, asking them their views on the power of the Presidency. Without specifically using the phrase “unitary executive”, the 12 questions were nevertheless clearly designed to test each candidate’s willingness to roll back Presidential powers accumulated under George W. Bush.
A December 22 article on the results can be found here, along with a menu for viewing the questionnaire itself and the full responses, sorted by candidate or question number.
This is among the most important issues, if not the most important issue, in the current election cycle. The candidates’ responses to this questionnaire deserve scrutiny.
The article, by Charles Savage of the Boston Globe, was based on a survey of the candidates’ responses to a series of questions, and provides the best information to date on this important subject. Blogger LithiumCola is not completely satisfied with the leading candidate’s responses (“None of the front-runners are 100% reassuring.”) Candidates of both parties participated. LithiumCola summarizes,
When it comes to the Democrats, whether a reader finds Clinton’s, Obama’s, or Edward’s responses most reassuring, is partly a matter of interpretation . . . perhaps a matter of how charitably one is willing to read.
Therefore, rather than trying to summarize for you, I recommend that you read LithiumCola’s summary, and Charlie Savage’s original article, yourself, to form your own opinion.