Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The historically literate call this "The Marius Rule"....

...and we remember it was Marius's violation of the unwritten rule about not holding the consulship more than once that invited in Sulla and Caesar and destroyed the Roman Republic.

///This is much like Obama’s strategy of governance, in which he has ignored many of the unwritten rules of American politics, trampling on custom and tradition. And mostly gotten away with it, leaving politicians (mostly GOP politicians) as mystified as Dem pundits are by Trump. You can get away with a lot, if you don’t care what people who don’t like you think, only if they can stop you. Whether it’s a good formula for the country over the longer term, of course, is a separate question entirely.//

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