I refer, of course, to Charles Krauthammer, my teacher and my guide when it comes to the American 'body-politic', an organism of such complexity and change-ability as to defy the understanding of a mere 'Limey'. Child-like, I hold his hand as he leads me into the labyrinthine complexities of the ever-shifting constituents of American power politics.
Over at the NRO, he has an article which, in effect, writes off the Congress as not only supine but also failing in its duty to reign in an over-mighty White House. This began under Obama who scattered Presidential edicts like confetti at a wedding at which the Congress moaned and groaned but failed to do anything very much. Thus it was that some new players entered the field in the unlikely form of various States Attorneys.
The Democrats in particular, approving of Obama’s policy preferences, allowed him free rein over Congress’ constitutional prerogatives.
Into that vacuum stepped the states. Florida and 12 others filed suit against Obamacare the day it was signed. They were later joined by 13 more, making their challenge the first in which a majority of states banded together to try to stop anything.
That, and other lessons, have been learned by the Democratic party who are outnumbered in the Congress. Thus, within a few weeks of a Trump presidency, sundry States Attorneys have mounted legal challenges to Trump edicts. 'The Kraut', despite his Right-wing leanings, praises the development as an example of the ability of the American political system to grow new limbs where others have withered. He takes no sides as to who is right or wrong on any of the particular issues, he is just happy that rule by edict faces opposition.
God bless America and all that sort of thing!