I’m broadly in favor of an expansive view of the power of the executive during wartime, but Ace is really nailing the point here.
Of course he must.
Let’s look at the weakness of those arguing he shouldn’t have to. Ann Althouse rightly calls out the increasingly-useless liberal Dave Wiegel — he’s a long way from whatever “libertarian” beliefs he might have claimed to once have held — for proposing a “despicable” theory of presidential war-making power.
It’s simple: Most of Washington doesn’t want him to [trouble them with an authorization for war]. To coin a phrase: If they want the president to do it, that means it’s legal.
The Constitution does not specify that a secret ad hoc survey of Washington DC insiders as the necessary authorization for war. It demands that Congress — the people’s representatives — cast a vote in favor of it.
via Ace of Spades HQ.