Surprise: Obama sends Berwick nomination to Senate

posted at 10:11 pm on July 19, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m honestly shocked. Wasn’t the whole point of the recess appointment to avoid questions in a high-profile forum about Berwick’s fondness for NHS’s rationing authority and his views of health care as redistribution? Now, suddenly, Obama’s going to force Reid and company to deal with the Berwick headache three and a half months from the midterms? What possible logic could there be?

Obama’s effort to clear Berwick through the Senate on top of his recess appointment would grant his nominee the job indefinitely, as he would serve at “the pleasure of the president,” according to a White House aide.

The president originally nominated Berwick to the CMS post in April, but Republicans blocked the effort and have tied the nomination to their criticism of the health care overhaul. Obama broke the logjam earlier this month by using a recess appointment to install Berwick in the post, a tactic that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said illustrated the president’s attempt to “arrogantly circumvent the American people.”

Did GOP complaints about his use of recess appointments really weigh that heavily on him? Or have they somehow convinced themselves that re-fighting the ObamaCare battle right now is a good idea? I’m mystified by this.


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right, they’re laying out a hand grenade and hope the GOP will pull the pin so it’ll blow up in their faces. They may not understand that they get exposed during these hearing in addition to the opposition.

ted c on July 19, 2010 at 10:56 PM

…What are the chances of getting Chris Christie to handle the GOP strategy here?????

….He would be an Obama nightmare tearing Berwick and all the lies of Obamacare apart for the Nation to see.

Baxter Greene on July 19, 2010 at 11:28 PM

The idea would be that they’ve negotiated a series of mutual back-scratching vote trades, where they allow all this stuff to get through. In this scenario, the Maine sisters get bought off through some geo-targeted pork spending measures.

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Wethal on July 19, 2010 at 11:27 PM

That would make sense. They’re going for broke.

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2010 at 11:30 PM

He bought off the Maine Girls and Brown.

Wethal on July 19, 2010 at 10:15 PM

.
Aaaaand…he has the Grand Wizard Byrd’s replacement coming in this week.

mrt721 on July 19, 2010 at 11:31 PM

No logic, AP. Just another 180 after a decision has already been “made.”

RedNewEnglander on July 19, 2010 at 11:34 PM

I’m starting to think that Obama wants major losses in the midterms so that by 2012 his blaming Republicans for everything might gain more traction.

They can repeal whatever they like, and he’ll veto it.

ProfessorMiao on July 19, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Suppose, for the sake of argument, that he has his 60th vote in the bag – one of several possible republicans, from New England or South Carolina – and can assume confirmation. With that, he can thoroughly humiliate the GOP just before the election. And can, perhaps, follow up with a coupe of more victories such as cap-and-trade. Suddenly the supposed wimp starts looking like the “strong horse.”

I’ve heard of worse political strategies.

materialist on July 19, 2010 at 11:38 PM

The idea would be that they’ve negotiated a series of mutual back-scratching vote trades, where they allow all this stuff to get through. In this scenario, the Maine sisters get bought off through some geo-targeted pork spending measures.

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Come 2011, the Maine Twins know they wont’t be the swing votes any more, so they’re extracting everything they can now?

By the way, they will provide the critical votes to extend the unemployment benefits tomorrow. With the new WV senator, Harry has 60.

Wethal on July 19, 2010 at 11:41 PM

And with unemployment benefits being extended six more months, in 2011, the GOP will be the chepap meanies who won’t help the jobless, if they stop more extensions in the House.

Wethal on July 19, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Does Breitbart have a Berwick video he’s sitting on? Is Berwick about to go under the bus?

Just a thought.

SlaveDog on July 19, 2010 at 11:08 PM

??? This guy’s a well documented whackjob whacko…The video at the top of the page should make you go ‘WTF?’

BigWyo on July 19, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Obama did not want any hearings before the fall elections when he thought the Democrats might hold on.

The Democrats now think they will lose BOTH the House and the Senate in the fall elections. This will mean no more appointments of radical marxists for Obama. Since this collectivist would be pushed out of office next year, Obama must have a confirmation hearing now. Otherwise, he will have to send in someone less offensive to the American people next year.

Obama will push to appoint as many as he can BEFORE the next Senate is seated.

Freddy on July 20, 2010 at 12:42 AM

He wants the dems to lose so he has a GOP majority to scapegoat for 2012.

Black Adam on July 20, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Narcissist-in-Chief probably decreed they needed to do it, over his own rectitude, regardless of consequence to others or his party. It’s what Narcissists do.

rayra on July 20, 2010 at 12:53 AM

Okay… He knows we are on to him. Now, can the republicans “refutiate” his claims? do they have the gonads to bring it all out in the open? God I hope so… and refutiate is now my favorite word .. evah : )

shar61 on July 20, 2010 at 12:57 AM

I sure hope Berwick isn’t already serving, because at the very least, that alone could taint the Senate’s deliberations.

OxyCon on July 20, 2010 at 1:05 AM

He knows the “damaged goods” quotes of his will be played over and over and over and over during mid-term season.

ButterflyDragon on July 20, 2010 at 1:12 AM

Go ahead, Dems. Confirm him. I double-dog dare you.

Merovign on July 20, 2010 at 3:28 AM

ProfessorMiao on July 19, 2010 at 11:35 PM

with ya there…he will be blaming w and the gop as long as he can

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 6:14 AM

Wethal on July 19, 2010 at 11:41 PM

man they infuriate me…is there anyone who can beat the twins?

saw an article (i think on rush’s site)with brown wondering why he always has to compromise with the dems and the dems won’t compromise at all…welcome to congress mr brown!

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 6:16 AM

I doubt it was pressure from Republicans. It was more likely pressure from Democrat senators who were getting pressured from constituents. This episode was really reflecting poorly on the Democrat party.

painfulTruthDisciple on July 20, 2010 at 6:38 AM

Does anyone really care about this? I mean “anyone” as in Joe Shmoe casual voter who doesn’t read blogs or follow this type of stuff daily. Anyone who follwos politics knows who this guy is and what he thinks. Anyone who doesn’t follow politics doesn’t know now and won’t know after the senate hearings either since this won’t exactly be front page news.

angryed on July 20, 2010 at 6:53 AM

He bought off the Maine Girls and Brown.

Wethal on July 19, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Do they even need buying? They are about as reliable a vote for Harry Reid as anyone else. You don’t have to bribe those that agree with you.

angryed on July 20, 2010 at 6:55 AM

This isn’t the first time he’s done something like this. Obama doesn’t have a strong core of beliefs, so he simply goes where the political winds blow him. In the final anaylysis, he doesn’t have the cojones to stand by his decisions because they are simply calculations.

NavyMustang on July 20, 2010 at 7:08 AM

maybe..that he really sees nothing wrong with what this guy said?

CapitalistPig on July 19, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Barry is in love with this guy for his redistributionist philosphy. He believes in this guy.

NoFanofLibs on July 20, 2010 at 7:14 AM

Berwick’s nomination is ObaMao throwing him under the bus, so that the blue dog socialists can try to improve their chances at the pols.

Hopefully it will just refuel the anger at the passing of ObaMaocare.

Slowburn on July 20, 2010 at 7:15 AM

Could it just be that he is stupid?

Elizabetty on July 20, 2010 at 7:44 AM

They can repeal whatever they like, and he’ll veto it.

ProfessorMiao on July 19, 2010

Repeals can wait for 2013, when the new Republican president takes office. For now they need at least one house of Congress to throw a monkey wrench into Obama’s plans. Granted, they also need some semblance of honest reporting by the media (good luck with that!) to identify their alternative agenda and proposals. We know Obama will veto them. But America needs to see that the Republican Congress is doing something, or trying to.

Extrafishy on July 20, 2010 at 7:51 AM

Okay… He knows we are on to him. Now, can the republicans “refutiate” his claims? do they have the gonads to bring it all out in the open?

shar61 on July 20, 2010 at 12:57 AM

I doubt it. With one or two exceptions, they’re all ball-less politicians.

Daggett on July 20, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Short on time so haven’t read all the comments, so apologies if this is redundant…

I think it’s an admission that he doesn’t expect to maintain his majorities in the fall so he wants to get him confirmed while he still has the votes to do it

Dee2008 on July 20, 2010 at 8:19 AM

The cap is leaking …

tarpon on July 20, 2010 at 8:25 AM

As it occurred to anyone that Barack Obama is just plain stupid?

Jaynie59 on July 20, 2010 at 8:26 AM

You could have had freedom, coupled with individual responsibility, instead of turning a proud people that once ruled an empire into helpless wards of a bloated nanny-state…


No, wait– strike that line. May not sound as appealing to a few rebels in the audience as it does to me…

morganfrost on July 20, 2010 at 8:34 AM

I’m sure this has been mentioned by now by the astute observers on here, but the LOGIC is to make it a longer term do do PERMANENT damage while they have the votes to RAM it through…

Pretty simple really, but doesn’t explain the recess appointment unless it was for a guarantee either way.

golfmann on July 20, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Excuse me, but could someone explain to me how forcing “Doctor Death” to explain his love of rationing and British death panels is a bad thing for the GOP?

olesparkie on July 20, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Maybe Slick Willy told Pinnochio that he was pushing the envelope a little too far with this recess appointment and reminded Liar Jr. about what Liar Sr. found out;

“Look here boy puppet, or ah real boy, impeachment is not a lot of fun. Maybe you should withdrawl that recess appointment of Doctor Death and try to at least get a couple of Rinocrats on your side before the new Congress Critters and Senate Scum take over and throw your wooden butt out!”
Bubba!

dhunter on July 20, 2010 at 9:41 AM

He wants a very strong GOP changeover to assure his re-election. THEN the gauntlet gets dropped as he will have nothing let to lose for the final 4.

IanTrouble on July 20, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I get the feeling this is a test of loyalty. Any senators that don’t back this, he’s going to let flounder when it comes to endorsement.

Not that his endorsement would actually help them per se, but it’s the kind of vindictive attitude we’ve come to know from this bunch.

MadisonConservative on July 20, 2010 at 9:52 AM

He wants the dems to lose so he has a GOP majority to scapegoat for 2012.

Black Adam on July 20, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Good point.

My criticism of the GOPs in Congress, even with ObamaCare, is that they FAIL TO UNIFY enough to present a single Republican bill per legislative topic that represents constitutional conservatism TO THE BEST OF THEIR UNITED ABILITY.

Furthermore, the Republicans play impotent to enforce legitimate Congressional protocol and prepare in advance for obvious and looming battles. ObamaCare was signed into unconstitutional law failing the required Congressional vote. So where’s the legislative rebuttal from Republicans?

2010 and 2012 Show and Tell

maverick muse on July 20, 2010 at 9:53 AM

MadisonConservative on July 20, 2010 at 9:52 AM

That’s another good point.

Perhaps Obama wouldn’t be satisfied simply tossing Democratic non-supporters under the bus. There’d likely be Chicago style messes his thugs would create on the home turf. Whether political or personal, Obama can’t restrain himself from taking revenge.

maverick muse on July 20, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I have no doubt Obama just made a deal for Kagen. He will throw this guy under the bus and they will vote for Kagen. A lifetime appointment to a court for a short term rationing czar? Yea, thats a deal he would make.
Besides he can always just re-appoint him after the new congress starts.

What a bunch of dumb asses!

patriotparty1 on July 20, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Jaynie59 on July 20, 2010 at 8:26 AM

He is a dogmatic ideologue who successfully rams through every bit of Marxist legislation and scotus nominee(s) to date. Stupid? I’d agree that his successes to date are not due to his own personal capacities. He owes everything and is using America as his means to pay back his owners for vaulting him illegitimately into the Oval Office.

STUPID applies to those who voted for the Democratic post-racial unifier in order to spread poverty packaged as wealth, the candidate who swore he wouldn’t raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250K and would SAVE MONEY through national healthcare, and that as soon as he was sworn in he’d pull America out of Afghanistan (his righteous war). …

maverick muse on July 20, 2010 at 10:10 AM

saw an article (i think on rush’s site)with brown wondering why he always has to compromise with the dems and the dems won’t compromise at all…welcome to congress mr brown!

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 6:16 AM

Scotty can only play naive once. That’s been done already.

maverick muse on July 20, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Obama has nothing to worry about as regards any legislation. He has 60 votes plus at least three Repubs should he need them.

Every single piece of major life changing legislation has been passed not by the Dems but by the Repubs voting for Obama policies. The difference between Repubs and Dems–Dems know what is important and stick together. They deserve to lead vs the Repubs. The repub leadership does nothing to the Collins, Snowes and Browns of the party.

The repubs are not qualified to run Congress. It is that simple. That is why they were run out of town starting in 2006. They will not be elected by independents until they remove their entire leadership–the same leadership that built the bridge to nowhere.

patrick neid on July 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Scotty can only play naive once. That’s been done already.

maverick muse on July 20, 2010 at 10:13 AM

must have missed that…thanks

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 10:23 AM

…and Bury gets to use the ‘obstructionist republicans’ meme. win/win

thomasaur on July 19, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Nail, meet hammer!

Gang-of-One on July 20, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Maybe this:
http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=29655
is why the appointment. Desperate to keep the focus off the destruction that is going on on our southern border to Red States and the entire oil, fishing, tourist industry of the south!

dhunter on July 20, 2010 at 11:58 AM

This isn’t the first time he’s done something like this. Obama doesn’t have a strong core of beliefs, so he simply goes where the political winds blow him. In the final analysis, he doesn’t have the cojones to stand by his decisions because they are simply calculations.

NavyMustang on July 20, 2010 at 7:08 AM

I think it’s more than this. His strings are being pulled. I wouldn’t doubt that something much bigger is being played out behind the scenes to give him much more unequivocal power.

Nalea on July 20, 2010 at 12:18 PM

This certainly explains his visit to Maine last weekend, doesn’t it?….

TeresainFortWorth on July 20, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Obama’s effort to clear Berwick through the Senate on top of his recess appointment would grant his nominee the job indefinitely, as he would serve at “the pleasure of the president,” according to a White House aide.

Excuse me, but isn’t that ‘appointment’ only good for the duration of the sitting Congress? That’s what happened with Bush’s appointment of Bolton. Or does the current administration live under different rules?

GarandFan on July 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

I read where the visit to Maine has been planned before the Financial Reform Bill. If it was some kind of thankyou, it was for earlier weaknesses by the Maine duo. I’m also hearing that their next vacation might be to Martha’s Vinyard again. I suppose they’ll wait until it’s cooler down south? wouldn’t want them to be inconvenienced would we.

jeanie on July 20, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I’m thinking, politically, this doesn’t look good for Obama, and he knows it. So pass it off to Congress, and let them take the fall, if it goes badly. Let them have the responsibility of yaying, or naying this guy. Throwing people under buses for sport now.

capejasmine on July 20, 2010 at 4:36 PM

He won’t get through the 2011 Senate (whether the GOP takes the majority they will have an easy filibuster) – and since he only serves until the next year on a recess appointment, he HAS to be approved now or he will be around for a grand total of abotu 6 months. But this is BAD news for Harry and the Dems, when the tapes start rolling on this guy.

Govgirl on July 20, 2010 at 7:10 PM

I think the thought process is to put as many things into the hands of Congress and a do-nothing, broken senate as possible … it’s a body that is not working and producing NOTHING except for partisan law or no law due to the fact that neither party wants the other to get credit for anything. The real losers … US.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

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