Political parties can empower presidents to set their own agendas.
Political parties can divert accountability away from Congress.
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Political parties can amplify presidential power.
Political parties became more important as state legislatures directed their electors to follow the popular vote in their states.
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The framers quickly embraced political parties because of their advantages.
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National political parties became more important when the popular vote became relevant to the presidency.
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Term limits protect against entrenchment, but they also deny us the opportunity to hold accountable a second-term president.
The twenty-second amendment adopted in 1947 limited each president to a maximum of two terms in office.
Giving citizens a role in electing presidents also gave presidents a political power base.
Giving some citizens a role in electing presidents made presidents accountable to voters.
Not all citizens could vote in the early days of the Republic.
By 1828, most states linked their Electoral College votes to their popular votes.
Citizens originally had no role in choosing presidents.
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Voters and political parties became additional sources of presidential power and accountability.
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The power to pardon creates some overlap in the powers of the presidency and those of the court.
The Twentieth Amendment largely removed the need for power to convene or adjourn Congress.
The president was to participate in law-making, with Congress in the lead.
The framers gave the President limited supervisory power.
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The Written Opinion Clause appears to limit the President in several ways.
The Constitution is silent on the related presidential power to remove.
Several framers worried the power of appointment could be abused.
To faithfully execute the laws of the land, the presidency was assigned executive power that was mostly undefined.