Political Gothic, 1980s style:
Criminalizing the constitutional crimes that are the inevitable result of the theory of the "unitary executive" might have encouraged the nation to ignore the ravings of an authoritarian lycanthrope like Richard Cheney.
Classic monster and tyrannical villain, all in one!
Let's have a brief Gothic Dick Cheney retrospective, shall we?
The Onion in 2009 had Cheney lured into steel box by trainers. "Cheney only eats what he kills."
Or one legislator's reflection:
For another Iran-Contra-Gothic take, recall the last scene in American Psycho (2000), where evil yuppies and/or serial killers mock Reagan's lying ability.
(thanks to Ted Major)