Byrd: Obama’s consolidating power in the White House

posted at 4:17 pm on February 25, 2009 by Allahpundit

Do I go for the easy insult here about the paranoid fears to which Klansmen are prone?

No, no. Such common jests are beneath us.

In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change. Byrd said such positions “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”…

“As presidential assistants and advisers, these White House staffers are not accountable for their actions to the Congress, to cabinet officials, and to virtually anyone but the president,” Byrd wrote. “They rarely testify before congressional committees, and often shield the information and decision-making process behind the assertion of executive privilege. In too many instances, White House staff have been allowed to inhibit openness and transparency, and reduce accountability.”

The West Virginia Democrat on Wednesday asked Obama to “consider the following: that assertions of executive privilege will be made only by the president, or with the president’s specific approval; that senior White House personnel will be limited from exercising authority over any person, any program, and any funding within the statutory responsibility of a Senate-confirmed department or agency head; that the president will be responsible for resolving any disagreement between a Senate-confirmed agency or department head and White House staff; and that the lines of authority and responsibility in the administration will be transparent and open to the American public.”

Byrd’s not just, er, whistling Dixie. Politico published a piece last month that’s worth your time about Obama’s “West Wing on steroids,” in which White House advisors act as de facto cabinet super-secretaries. Clinton and Bush did the same thing, but not quite as ambitiously as The One. Quote: “Aides say he believes the Cabinet structure is outdated because it doesn’t recognize that problems like global warming sprawl across several agencies, often requiring a sort of uber-Cabinet member – a czar – to confront them.” In fact, remember this post about top Obama intel advisor John Brennan? So despised was he by the nutroots for his defense of some of Bush’s counterterror policies that he had to withdraw from contention to head the CIA. No problem, though: The One simply named him deputy NSA, which doesn’t require any messy Senate confirmation hearings, and made him de facto czar of domestic security. That’s also why Lawrence Summers, who’d have been grilled on his Harvard-era comments about women in the sciences, was made White House economic advisor instead of Treasury secretary. Obvious exit question: Why doesn’t Obama just appoint Daschle as “health-care advisor” or something?


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“Checks and balances”!

Now I’ve heard it all.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 25, 2009 at 4:19 PM

I absolutely have no use for Byrd, but what he says here is correct:

“As presidential assistants and advisers, these White House staffers are not accountable for their actions to the Congress, to cabinet officials, and to virtually anyone but the president,” Byrd wrote. “They rarely testify before congressional committees, and often shield the information and decision-making process behind the assertion of executive privilege. In too many instances, White House staff have been allowed to inhibit openness and transparency, and reduce accountability.”

ladyingray on February 25, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Socialism! There you go AP, I’ve started it for you. When a government pig like Byrd speaks out on the problem, then it is a problem.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 4:20 PM

America elected Hugo Chavez. Other than Sean Penn, I’m not sure who gets excited about that. Thankfully, not some Democrats.

beatcanvas on February 25, 2009 at 4:21 PM

His checks make it impossible to balance my budget.

MarkTheGreat on February 25, 2009 at 4:21 PM

raaaaaacist! oh wait he’s a democrat so he’s got a permanent mulligan. Substantially, his argument is sound which would make him a…..raaaaacist! oh wait he’s a …..my head is going to explode.

shortdawgdc on February 25, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Today is full of surprises. This morning I agreed with DTMH and now I am agreeing with Senator Byrd. WTH is happening in this world? Obama is truly stepping on some toes to gain the wrath of the most ardent Democrat in the Senate.

txaggie on February 25, 2009 at 4:24 PM

In too many instances, White House staff have been allowed to inhibit openness and transparency, and reduce accountability.”

Uh oh there’s that “t” word 0bama has had trouble with.

Obvious exit question: Why doesn’t Obama just appoint Daschle as “health-care advisor” or something?

Obvious answer: He probably has but Daschle is designated as a super secret advisor. Viva Transparency!!!

Brat on February 25, 2009 at 4:24 PM

No doubt that Tom ‘Home James’ Daschle is on the top secret crackberry.

shortdawgdc on February 25, 2009 at 4:25 PM

The worm has turned for you, Senator Byrd.

The crowd of liberals attacked by, no less in receipt of a personal letter from, Senator Byrd doesn’t qualify as a mutiny under Navy law. (Requires 3 or more)

The end is near folks….or Byrd is just senile. It’s 50-50 on that.

BobMbx on February 25, 2009 at 4:26 PM

I don’t like Byrd, but he has a real point.

Look at Chu at the Department of Energy – he is an obvious figurehead, who will have no real authority.

Realist on February 25, 2009 at 4:26 PM

txaggie on February 25, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Obama had the networks flash subliminal messages for a few milliseconds during the “SOTU” speech. Apparently it worked. Thank goodness I only listend to it.

WashJeff on February 25, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Transparency

AnninCA on February 25, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to agree with The Grand Wizard…

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Socialism 2.0

faraway on February 25, 2009 at 4:31 PM

I have neither seen nor heard any part of it. So I’m not contaminated.

I’ll be watching the regular posters’ here on HA for any irregularities in tone or position, possibly indicating a liberal attempt to poison our bodily fluids.

I’ve alerted Col. Batguano.

BobMbx on February 25, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Daschle = Morris

Still around. Still running the show. I wonder if Daschle hates Michelle like Morris hated/hates Hilary?

JAM on February 25, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Gotta love it when Democrats attack Obama. Unfortunately it’ll be as effective as when conservative Republicans attacked Bush for his policies.

popularpeoplesfront on February 25, 2009 at 4:32 PM

New Game Show: Truth or Racist

tomas on February 25, 2009 at 4:32 PM

And Obama is writing checks when there is no balance…

Funny, in many ways, to see Byrd bring this up. Would have thought he’d have gone nuts over W for doing similar, albeit on a much much smaller scale, back a long time ago before Obama became President.

But, ancient and toddering as Byrd is, he is right.

People claimed Nixon’s was the Imperial Presidency…ain’t seen nothing yet…we saw it beginning with the unofficial-official Transistion, even the website which sure looked like Obama was Presdient long before the Inauguration. Obama’s apparent goal is to focus all power in the White House,m for all programs, and is using the stimulus as his authority to do so.

What Congress can do, should do, is listen to Byrd. {Never imagined I’d ever say that.] Cut off funding. Stimulus funds have been authorized. Have they been appropriated yet? Don’t think so. That’s what Congress is supposed to do…it is in the Constitution.

Checks and balances…

coldwarrior on February 25, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Oh, boy. More great news.

Achilles on February 25, 2009 at 4:32 PM

The emperor has no clothes, but wears his Daddy Issues for all to see.

Christien on February 25, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Yet, I’m not really surprised at all.

Achilles on February 25, 2009 at 4:33 PM

KKK Byrd going under the bus in 5..4..3..

spmat on February 25, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Why doesn’t Obama just appoint Daschle as “health-care advisor” or something?

Just wait a couple of months. It’s coming.

GarandFan on February 25, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Every day there is a new crack in the Messiah’s Greek columns. This guy has lost most luster since he messed up the Oath of Office than my silver high school trophy for best girl’s softball catcher.

Cinday Blackburn on February 25, 2009 at 4:34 PM

or Byrd is just senile. It’s 50-50 on that.

BobMbx on February 25, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Are they sure he addressed the letter directly by name to 0bama? Maybe he thinks there is a Republican POTUS!!??

Brat on February 25, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Et tu, Byrdus?

Christien on February 25, 2009 at 4:35 PM

I’m getting slow in old age.

Is it really so strange to see a “reformed” KKK recruiter accuse a non-white person (I’m a coward, yes) of attempting to usurp the Constitution of the US?

Latentcy…I presume.

BobMbx on February 25, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Wow! As much as I dislike the old coot, he does has a valid point. And if this is worrying Sen Byrd, then it must be worse than is being reported.

How long before Sen. Byrd is thrown under the bus?

When will those who loudly shouted about the Bush White House being secretive, start clammering about the BHO White House?

Crickets….

JohnnyD on February 25, 2009 at 4:35 PM

What can we do about it?

Isn’t this unconstitutional?

If so then why is it happening anyway?

PrincipledPilgrim on February 25, 2009 at 4:36 PM

o/t: but did anyone watch the market when bambi was speaking the afternoon about how he wanted to regulate the market? pretty obvious that the market didn’t like that one whit.

kelley in virginia on February 25, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Funny how the only dem that has the balls to confront
omama doesn’t know he has balls.

Go get-em Sen. Byrd.

Texyank on February 25, 2009 at 4:38 PM

What can we do about it?

Isn’t this unconstitutional?

If so then why is it happening anyway?

PrincipledPilgrim on February 25, 2009 at 4:36 PM

See Roe vs. Wade.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 25, 2009 at 4:38 PM

“Just words….just speeches” (including the words in the Constitution, apparently)

BobMbx on February 25, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Byrds white sheet will catch on the bottom of the bus and whip about like a piece of plastic dangling from the single wide trailer housing bammy’s brother in Kenya..

Elemental on February 25, 2009 at 4:38 PM

all the Media, far-right and far-left crackpots have been saying for years that Bush was the Imperial Presidency, i’m confused.

jp on February 25, 2009 at 4:38 PM

o/t: but did anyone watch the market when bambi was speaking the afternoon about how he wanted to regulate the market? pretty obvious that the market didn’t like that one whit.

kelley in virginia on February 25, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Not OT at all. He seems to have a knack for speaking at the right time.

genso on February 25, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Isn’t this unconstitutional?

If so then why is it happening anyway?

PrincipledPilgrim on February 25, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Because the people, and Congress, not only are allowing it, they appear to be encouraging it.

coldwarrior on February 25, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Wait a sec. I thought Byrd collapsed on inauguration day?? Did he recover?

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Wow! As much as I dislike the old coot, he does has a valid point. And if this is worrying Sen Byrd, then it must be worse than is being reported.

exactly

More of a stink needs to be raised about the Census, they are trying to gerrymander the hell out of the country for the entire next Decade.

jp on February 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Do a wikipedia search to see what happens when a country is run by czars. Change is coming, all right.

Changucopia on February 25, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Wait a sec. I thought Byrd collapsed on inauguration day?? Did he recover?

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM

America collapsed on Inauguration Day. And the prognosis presently isn’t all that good.

coldwarrior on February 25, 2009 at 4:41 PM

I’m starting to wonder if Obama is a Short Seller and cashing in by simply opening his stupid mouth

jp on February 25, 2009 at 4:41 PM

I have neither seen nor heard any part of it. So I’m not contaminated. BobMbx on February 25, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Nice try my friend. This stuff oozzzes into the pours of you soul like an airborne virus. Vacination’s are available. Say three “Hail Reagan’s” and you’re forgiven.

Rovin on February 25, 2009 at 4:43 PM

PrincipledPilgrim on February 25, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Osama Obama can be impeached.

That can’t happen soon enough.

MrScribbler on February 25, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Wait a sec. I thought Byrd collapsed on inauguration day?? Did he recover?

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Hmmmm….maybe he didn’t write the letter…what cowardly Dem would want to say all of this to 0bama but not use his name? Or was it a Republican who stole some of Byrd’s stationary??

Brat on February 25, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Friends, Romans, Countrymen,
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
So let it be with Caesar…
The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answered it…
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest,
(For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all; all honourable men)
Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral…
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

Christien on February 25, 2009 at 4:45 PM

One by one the jokers, queens and deuces begin to fall away from the house of cards.

Vashta.Nerada on February 25, 2009 at 4:47 PM

More importantly, what were members of congress doing at the white house for that fiscal responsibility charade? Since when does the President command members of congress to show up at white house meetings and deliberate over policy?

Congress does their deliberations at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

What is the point of congressional committees, if they have to meet at the white house under the supervision of the president or his administrators?

Skandia Recluse on February 25, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day and Sen. Byrd is on the money. Sen. Daschle probably made out in the deal, keeps the big paycheck (and the car & driver) but free reign to write policy.

Cindy Munford on February 25, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Byrd is right. Scary thought. Obama does what he wants anyway.

When he walked out to speak with his economic team he had quite the smirk on his face. Totally pi$$ed me off.

Anyone hear Charles Paine’s reaction to Obama and his regulation. Awesome!

becki51758 on February 25, 2009 at 4:50 PM

The emperor has no clothes, but wears his Daddy Issues for all to see.

Christien on February 25, 2009 at 4:33 PM

you nailed it. and do we really know exactly who is his natural father??? before you call me crazy, write down a list of all the things we still do not know about this man, then maybe i am not so crazy after all.

Ghoul aid on February 25, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Osama Obama can be impeached.

That can’t happen soon enough.

MrScribbler on February 25, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Dream on. Needs 2/3 of both houses, if it ever got to the floor. Nice to dream tho, I guess.

swede7 on February 25, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 2.

Commit it to memory teleprompter, Chrissy Antony.

Christien on February 25, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Wait a sec. I thought Byrd collapsed on inauguration day?? Did he recover?

Nope, that was Teddy. Byrd just snored.

swede7 on February 25, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Quote: Aides say he believes the Cabinet structure is outdated because it doesn’t recognize that problems like global warming sprawl across several agencies…

Heh… he might need to add State to the list

The report by Japan Society of Energy and Resources (JSER) is astonishing rebuke to international pressure…

One of the five contributors compares computer climate modelling to ancient astrology…

elgeneralisimo on February 25, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Boxer Seeks to Ratify U.N. Treaty That May Erode U.S. Parental Rights

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/25/boxer-seeks-ratify-treaty-erode-rights/

Sugarbuzz on February 25, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Obvious exit question: Why doesn’t Obama just appoint Daschle as “health-care advisor” or something?

He didn’t need to he just put his policies into the so-called stimulus package.

Joe Caps on February 25, 2009 at 4:58 PM

I guess even the grand dragon, or poobah, or whatever he is can be right at least once.

jimmy2shoes on February 25, 2009 at 5:00 PM

My senator may be a senile old pork king, but he does revere the Constitution. He carries a copy in his suit pocket every single day. I doubt many in Congress do that.

His time in the KKK is a joke…it only lasted about a year. It was more a little group of stupid middle-of-the-state hillbillies than a real Klan. That group has never amounted to anything in this state, contrary to the belief of many who have never been here.

He can be an idiot a lot of times (he is a Democratic politician, after all) and definitely needs to retire, but I believe his belief in the Constitution to be sincere.

mountaineer for liberty on February 25, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Shadow Cabinet… plain and simple.

He is destroying, one by one, all the things that made America great in the first place.

Capitalism? gone due to taking over the banking industry though “oversite”.

Stock Market? He declared war on that “evil” wallstreet.

Constitutional checks and balances? Gone by Executive orders and by having no oversite of his REAL decision makers.

States Rights? Look at the part of the stimulus where State Govs can be bypassed to force funds on states.

Free Enterprise? Will be toast as soon as he signs the Executive order declaring CO2 a pollutant.

American sovereignity? Look at the ONE bill Obama actualy put forward when he was Senator… and look at Boxer’s comments about we need to sign more UN treaties…

Folks… unless we stand together… we are done.

Romeo13 on February 25, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Byrd is right on this.oh,it hurt me to say that.

centryt on February 25, 2009 at 5:02 PM

One by one the jokers, queens and deuces begin to fall away from the house of cards.

Vashta.Nerada on February 25, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Good imagery

Think_b4_speaking on February 25, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Isn’t Byrd just another “boring old white guy?”

Cody1991 on February 25, 2009 at 5:09 PM

In this instance, Byrd is right. I agree with mountaineer. Yes, Byrd loves his pork, but I also believe that he sincerely loves the Constitution as well. Yes, he’s wrong on a lot of stuff, but here he’s on the side of the angels.

Matt Helm on February 25, 2009 at 5:14 PM

So problems “like global warming sprawl over several agencies”.

Only the government would solve that problem by adding ANOTHER level of bureaucrats—separate from and unaccountable to the other agencies.

jeanneb on February 25, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Good news is, Hillary is a figure head which is humiliating, and therefore cool.

Bad news is, not really sure who’s setting foreign policy, or what mosques those individuals belong to.

jeff_from_mpls on February 25, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Alrighty,Byrd is a Liberal fixture in Washington,
forget the clansmen angle,Byrd is probably sounding
general quarters to alert who ever gives him the time
of day,that President Obama is setting himself up for
a’Liberal Dictatorship’!!!!!!!!!

And,going back to the Clinton administration,where Bill
said,he was going to concentrate on the ‘Economy like a
Lazerbeam’!

Well,Obama is going to cram 2 terms into one,time is of
the essence,all these glorified pork projects need to be
done last week,if not sooner!

Last night,Obama laid out his ‘Grand Plan’of remaking
America,in the image,of,the getting even for ‘Righting
the wrongs of the past’!!

Very simply put,the Obama Administration,is setting up,
‘Payment for all those years that date back to the Civil
War’!

And,through this bogus ‘Stimulus Bill’,that will be the
very ‘Stealth’ vechicle that will bring about,

CHANGE

and

HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 25, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Folks… unless we stand together… we are done.

Romeo13 on February 25, 2009 at 5:01 PM

You got that right……..

……… too bad by the time the media figure it out, it will be too late.

Seven Percent Solution on February 25, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Can we talk about the shadow government now?

Just asking questions.

cobrakai99 on February 25, 2009 at 5:20 PM

BTW,O/T,but this has been with me for a long time!

In the first OBL tape,he said he wants to strike
at”THE HEART OF AMERICA”,

tell me,is that middle America,

or,is the ‘Heart’,the American economy,

if so,its here!

Weird eh,timing and all!!!!

canopfor on February 25, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Denninger keeps brutalizing the One: More Lies, More FAIL

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I hope I don’t miss the NBC report on the increasing power of the unitary executive.

If someone can give me the time, I’ll set my TIVO.

r keller on February 25, 2009 at 5:34 PM

This is Bush 43′s centralization of authority within the office of the presidency coming back to haunt him. Removing so many checks and balances to bypass Democrats in the Senate and House in order to establish sweeping powers to fight the GWOT means now Obama has those exact same sweeping powers to do whatever he likes.

Forcing all government action to go through the house and senate may have seemed like a stupid idea a year ago, but I bet you’re all regretting that so many cracks have been made in that system over the last 7 years.

Let this be a lesson to all of you: checks and balances are good things. They may make things harder when you’re in power, but you sure appreciate them when you’re not.

James Dahl on February 25, 2009 at 5:44 PM

“Aides say he believes the Cabinet structure is outdated because it doesn’t recognize that problems like global warming sprawl across several agencies, often requiring a sort of uber-Cabinet member – a czar – to confront them.”

Taking away all the structure and official hierarchy from an organization doesn’t make it more efficient. Obama is taking away the Cabinet, and he’s not replacing it with anything.

What you end up with is essentially a Medieval court: no one doing any actual work; everyone intentionally kept at each other’s throats, jockeying for the king’s favor.

logis on February 25, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Boxer Seeks to Ratify U.N. Treaty That May Erode U.S. Parental Rights

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/25/boxer-seeks-ratify-treaty-erode-rights/

Sugarbuzz on February 25, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Not surprising. How long before we ratify Kioto so we can start the transfer of wealth to third world countries?

neuquenguy on February 25, 2009 at 5:48 PM

What you end up with is essentially a Medieval court: no one doing any actual work; everyone intentionally kept at each other’s throats, jockeying for the king’s favor.

logis on February 25, 2009 at 5:46 PM

I wouldn’t mind that if it kept the democrats from spending a trillion a week.

neuquenguy on February 25, 2009 at 5:49 PM

“Obvious exit question: Why doesn’t Obama just appoint Daschle as “health-care advisor” or something?”

Give him a couple of weeks.

I agree, this is a well thought out plan to centralize power, not save the economy.

PattyJ on February 25, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Why is Byrd so upset? Don’t the laws still need to be passed by Congress? I see nothing unConstitutional in the President having an independent research office inform himself. If Congress doesn’t like it, they omit funding from the budget for the people involved, and that’s that.

unclesmrgol on February 25, 2009 at 5:54 PM

What can we do about it?

Isn’t this unconstitutional?

If so then why is it happening anyway?

PrincipledPilgrim on February 25, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Sue, sue, sue. Larry Klayman will probably do it. There was a successful lawsuit that recovered all the minutes and staff papers from Hillary’s health care task force, and another one over the energy task force that Dick Cheney headed. But the suits need to be filed NOW, not after the policies are made.

One thing the Republicans can really nail the Administration on is that almost all of these “czars” are white, while the actual Cabinet appointees are the window-dressing minorities. Does anyone really think Lisa Jackson is calling the shots at EPA, with Carol Browner sitting there in the White House?

rockmom on February 25, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Obama is so far to the left that Senator Byrd and I are on the same side of an issue?

http://www.restoreourliberty.org

pugwriter on February 25, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Each day is stranger than the preceding one.

baldilocks on February 25, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I agree that there is an oligarchic mentality to the Obama White House – that they are the smart ones, the chosen few, with the great ideas.

And this mentality has lead them to undermine the rights of private enterprises and the rights of states. Furthermore they threaten to undermine the rights of the individual.

All in everyone else’s best interest, of course.

DarkKnight3565 on February 25, 2009 at 6:26 PM

I believe it’s called the “Kitchen Cabinet”?

Sackett on February 25, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Byrd was thrown under the bus before this Congress was seated – they took Appropriations away from him. He’s got nothing now and they are just waiting for him to go away and die.

myrenovations on February 25, 2009 at 6:37 PM

We hear praise of a power-wielding, arm-twisting President who “gets his program through Congress” by knowing the use of power. Throughout the course of history, there have been many other such wielders of power. There have even been dictators who regularly held plebiscites, in which their dictatorships were approved by an Ivory-soap-like percentage of the electorate. But their countries were not free, nor can any country remain free under such despotic power. Some of the current worship of powerful executives may come from those who admire strength and accomplishment of any sort. Others hail the display of Presidential strength simply because they approve of the result reached by the use of power. This is nothing less than the totalitarian philosophy that the end justifies the means If ever there was a philosophy of government totally at war with that of the Founding Fathers, it is this one.
- Barry Goldwater

MB4 on February 25, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Then: Anti Bush rant: Rich wisdom and sage advice from the Senior Senator from West Virginia.
Now: Anti Obama rant: crazy old coot who should have retired a long time ago.

media ~nuance~

moxie_neanderthal on February 25, 2009 at 7:28 PM

In other breaking news, a blind squirrel found an acorn.

fusionaddict on February 25, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Of course he is. We tried to tell his idiot constituents about his agenda but they were to stupid to understand. Well now you fools have your messiah and your communist state. If you think things were bad before just wait a few years.

rplat on February 25, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Shadow Cabinet… plain and simple.

Romeo13 on February 25, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Bingo! Making His Royal Heiny the perfect Hussein II bookend to Good Riddance Hussein.

orville on February 25, 2009 at 9:29 PM

Byrd is not a Democrat, Byrd is a Dixiecrat. Big difference.

He makes a good point about the secrecy of Dear Leader’s White House. Ironically, when the Bush/Cheney team was less than transparent, the liberals screamed and shrieked to the heavens. A few days ago on Democratic Underground, there was a thread about how refreshingly honest and transparent the Obama administration is. They keep sucking down the Kool-aid.

Maybe Byrd will squawk loud enough that someone will pay attention. Most likely, Byrd will die first. I’m sure that is what Obama is hoping for.

ExcessivelyDiverted on February 25, 2009 at 11:00 PM

I’m starting to wonder if Obama is a Short Seller and cashing in by simply opening his stupid mouth

jp on February 25, 2009 at 4:41 PM

No kidding. If not he should be.

Why doesn’t Obama just appoint Daschle as “health-care advisor” or something?
Just wait a couple of months. It’s coming.

GarandFan on February 25, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Yep. Agree with you & all who posted this.

I don’t like Byrd, but he has a real point.

Look at Chu at the Department of Energy – he is an obvious figurehead, who will have no real authority.

Realist on February 25, 2009 at 4:26 PM

By that rationale, I’m not sure if Chu ended up in the right place, since he strikes me as precisely the kind of guy that Obama does want in his inner circle. Perhaps Obama made the staffing announcement too early (like November or December, wasn’t it?), at a time when his 100% White House-driven czar-opolis was just a beautiful dream? :-) And then simply stuck with it, rather than play the “new game”?

I have to keep reminding myself, this guy (Obama) is also an innovator. If he tries something outrageous in January and gets away with it, he’s liable to try something even newer, bolder and more unprecedented in March or April. And on and on…

RD on February 25, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Byrd is right. I agree, that’s a scary thought. But I comfort myself with this thought: Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, so Byrd can be right once in his 55 years in Congress.

ThereGoesTheNeighborhood on February 26, 2009 at 12:49 AM

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.-Thomas Jefferson

nemesis on February 26, 2009 at 1:53 AM

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.-Thomas Jefferson

nemesis on February 26, 2009 at 1:53 AM

The way things are shaping up, the wheels will come off quickly/.

saiga on February 26, 2009 at 2:03 PM