Boyden Gray recently spoke with CBS News about the brief he filed in the Supreme Court’s recess appointment case, Noel Canning v. NLRB, and about the cyclical nature of executive branch expansion (typified by President Wilson) and contraction (typified by President Coolidge): “So the pendulum swings back and forth and back and forth, and I think the Congress will at some point reassert some of the prerogatives that look like they’ve now been lost to the executive branch.” Ambassador Gray also discussed the virtues of the Constitution’s system of checks and balances: “[T]he Constitution [was] set up to have these three entities looking at each other, poking around, trying to seek advantage. . . . That’s what the Founder’s wanted. And if it means at the end of the day that not much happens, . . . that’s not the worst thing in the world. . . . We’re engulfed with laws. Maybe a little time out is not a bad thing from time to time.”

The CBS News article and video are available here.