The president can act. But he is inclined to mull this over for so long that the chemical weapons could be in Tehran by the time he decides to do something. “Conservatives who take constitutional meaning more seriously should pay more serious attention to the constitutional history before they come to the view that the Declare War Clause requires Congress to approve before President Obama can launch strikes in Syria.” Read the whole thing.

Cuccinelli Ken Cuccinelli (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

Think of it as a “composite character”: “Cory Booker Invented ‘Imaginary Friend’ in Stump Speeches, According to Report.” Yeah, who does he think he is, Al Gore?

Maybe New Yorkers consider it better not to have a comptroller whose ambition is to bring Wall Street to its knees. “Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has wiped out former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s 19-point lead in the Democratic primary for New York City comptroller and now is locked in a 46-46 percent dead heat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.”

Immigration advocates believe they are winning. “Proponents of reform say they entered the recess worried that foes of the effort would flood town-hall meetings and stage large rallies, in a repeat of the Tea Party uprising that threw the push for healthcare reform off track in the summer of 2009. Despite efforts by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and others, that dynamic hasn’t materialized.” Hey, reform opponents were too busy not making progress on the shutdown scheme.

You can imagine how bad this will get once voters start paying attention to the race. “A joint forum on energy issues with Virginia’s main gubernatorial hopefuls devolved into series of sharply personal attacks Thursday, as businessman Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II veered off topic to heap scorn on each other.”

Ponder for a moment how crazy this is. “Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also floated the ‘false flag’ theory in a Wednesday radio interview, and warned that a U.S. military intervention could spark a war with Russia. ‘To whose benefit is this? All of this redounds back to this is to the benefit of the rebels because now it’s bringing other people in on their side. So there is a great incentive for this to actually have been launched by rebels, not the Syrian army,’ said Paul.” The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree. (Does he think the moon landing was a hoax?)

Consider how uncomfortable this is for the Bush haters in the White House. “Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest argued that President Obama’s decision regarding Syria is not similar to the decision President George W. Bush had to make in Iraq because there’s a ‘preponderance of evidence’ suggesting the Assad regime used chemical weapons.” There was then, too. But at least Bush went to Congress for a vote.