by Jack Watts
COMMON SENSE: By stating that she has as much power as President Trump, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who won her position by just two votes, has made a policy statement. She intends to be combative and confrontational to President Trump’s agenda every inch of the way. This means the next two years will be a dog fight, but what about her statement. Does she have as much power as he does or not?
The answer is no—both in practice and Constitutionally. Being the Chief Executive, the power of the President is enormous, and it has been escalating in recent decades. Congressional power, by way of contrast, has been diminishing.
In theory, the Congress is co-equal in power to the President, but that’s just in theory. Also, Pelosi is certainly the most powerful member of Congress, being the next in line to be President, if anything happened to Trump and Pence simultaneously, but all she controls in the House. In the Senate, she has absolutely no authority.
The judiciary, being the third branch of government, is also co-equal in power and has been ever since Marbury vs Madison, which was decided in 1803. The Supreme Court can check the President or the Congress, and it routinely does.
BOTTOM LINE: Pelosi does not have as much power as Trump. She can, however, make his life miserable, thwarting him regularly, and that’s exactly what she intends to do.