With the Senate’s acquittal of Donald Trump on Wednesday, the presidency has reached the apex of its modern, peacetime power. Both parties—in impeachments spaced less than a generation apart—have demonstrated that partisan loyalty outweighs any independent duty to check presidential lawlessness or abuses of power. Presidents now have but one binding obligation—to win. Today’s French Press:
The greater the power of the president, the more we need him to be good.
A necessary reminder that individual liberty can be a unifying force.
As Congress steps back, character steps up as a necessary presidential constraint.