A president who seizes the power of the purse in defiance of the will of Congress, which no president has done before, can’t be expected to accept real constraints. In fact, on Wednesday, Trump rejected a Republican proposal to limit his authority under the Emergencies Act. It’s laughable that McConnell, while urging Congress to give the president immediate and unprecedented emergency powers, insists that constraints on these powers should be deferred to a more orderly legislative process. Just give us this one coup, says the authoritarian party, and we’ll restore democracy…

What’s extraordinary is a senator bowing and scraping over a president’s hypothetical offer to “transfer power back” to Congress. What’s extraordinary is a bloc of senators colluding with a president to force through an expenditure that the American people and their representatives rejected. What’s extraordinary is the Congress of 2019 betraying the Congress of 1976 and the Framers of the Constitution.