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Garry Wills in 'NYT' Opposes 'Two-Headed' Clinton Presidency

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Garry Wills in 'NYT' Opposes 'Two-Headed' Clinton Presidency

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On the New York Times op-ed page today, Garry Wills, the famed author and former newspaper columnist, tackles the burning question of what a kind of "duo" presidency would mean if Hillary Clinton ends up getting elected in November.

Among other things, he points out that a somewhat similar arrangement -- Bush/Cheney -- hasn't worked out so well lately.

Here is an excerpt. It is all at www.nytimes.com.

"Do we really want a plural presidency?" Wills asked in opening. He then pursues the founding fathers' lack of support for such an idea. Then he closes:

"One problem with the George W. Bush administration is that it has brought a kind of plural presidency in through the back door. Vice President Dick Cheney has run his own executive department, with its own intelligence and military operations, not open to scrutiny, as he hides behind the putative president.

"No other vice president in our history has taken on so many presidential prerogatives, with so few checks. …

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