unitary executive

I ran across the phrase "unitary executive" in a transcript of a speech by Senator Edward Kennedy. Wikipedia says that the unitary executive theory "contends that [...] all of the executive power of the United States [is vested] in the person of the President."

There are many interesting consequences of this theory that this blog entry is too small (and narrowly focused) to contain. If I were William Safire, I would write a lengthy and erudite column discussing the history of the term and its political connotations in current use, but I am not.