That’s what the Amicus Brief filed by the Claremont Institute in the case United States v. Windsor is claiming.

It touches on this admittedly interesting question:

Whether the President can deprive this Court of jurisdiction to consider the constitutionality of an act of Congress by refusing to defend the act when it is challenged?

A strange situation useful perhaps to consider in certain con-law classes focused on issues like “standing”, but note well. In my essay below calling for Democrat Leaders who are Forthright Supporters of the Constitution, I said that such leaders “will shy away from acts of questionable constitutionality.” Well, that’s not Obama.

And I said that the bad So-to-Speak-Supporters of the Constitution “take . . . dubiously constitutional actions . . . that are difficult or impossible to apply a “check or balance” to, and . . . difficult or impossible to successfully challenge in court.”

Well, that is.

The Claremont brief reminds us at one point of what is at stake:

The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, as the duly authorized representative of the House of Representatives, also has standing to intervene as a party to defend statutes adopted by Congress, particularly when the President abrogates his duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” To hold otherwise would give the President a de facto authority to suspend the law, the very concern that the Take Care Clause was designed to protect against.

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