Doubling down: Obama follows Cordray recess appointment with three more to NLRB

posted at 5:12 pm on January 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

Ed saw it coming this morning and now here it is.

Between this and The One waging war in Libya without congressional approval — a move which his own lawyers found dubious, I remind you — I’m thinking the GOP really needs to run a guy next year with a less expansive view of executive authority. How about Dick Cheney?

The president used his power to name Sharon Block, Terence Flynn and Richard Griffin to the board, which arbitrates workplace disputes and federal labor issues. The controversial board — which drew fire from Republicans after its acting general counsel sided with an aircraft workers’ union in a dispute with aerospace giant Boeing — was in danger of becoming inactive when the term of Craig Becker, another Obama recess appointee, expired last month, depriving it of a quorum.

Block and Flynn are Democrats, while Griffin is a Republican.

“The American people deserve to have qualified public servants fighting for them every day – whether it is to enforce new consumer protections or uphold the rights of working Americans,” Obama said in a statement. “We can’t wait to act to strengthen the economy and restore security for our middle class and those trying to get in it, and that’s why I am proud to appoint these fine individuals to get to work for the American people.”

Labor unions, whose relationship with Obama had been strained recently, cheered the move.

Why would O risk a constitutional confrontation with Congress over something as minor as the NLRB or his new consumer board? Why, for the same reason he does everything: Because it might help him get re-elected. He’s going to run against a “do-nothing Congress” next year so he needs some dramatic examples of him heroically defying GOP obstructionism to serve the public good. And if that means taking a dump on the Constitution to help labor and impress middle-class voters, well, that’s just what strong, blue-collar presidents have to do sometimes. The legal argument against what he’s doing couldn’t be simpler, as David Freddoso explains. Essentially, Obama’s claiming that he gets to decide whether pro forma sessions of the Senate amount to real sessions for purposes of recess appointments; that sure sounds like a violation of separation of powers insofar as each branch typically sets its own rules, but the beauty of this maneuver from Obama’s perspective is that he probably can’t be sued over it. Federal courts will refuse to rule on certain turf-war disputes between the executive and the legislature on grounds that they represent a “political question” that should be decided by voters, not by judges. I’m not sure if that’ll apply here — what happens when someone ends up suing Cordray on the theory that he was never constitutionally appointed? — but that’s what The One’s counting on.

So shameless is this power grab, in fact, that even John Yoo, whose name is a curse word on the left when it comes to executive overreach, thinks Obama went too far. Lefty Timothy Noah, who supports Cordray’s appointment, candidly admitted today at TNR that he can’t figure out how this could possibly be constitutional. (If Obama has the power to define when the Senate is and isn’t in recess, writes Noah, then he could theoretically treat every weekend of the year as a recess.) In fact, according to Mark Calabria at Cato, not only does the Cordray appointment flout the Constitution, it actually violates the terms of the Dodd-Frank statute pushed through by O’s own party:

More importantly the “recess” appointment of Cordray doesn’t solve the President’s problem. The Dodd-Frank Act is very clear, even a law professor can probably under this section, that authorities under the Act remain with the Treasury Secretary until the Director is “confirmed by the Senate”. A recess appointment is not a Senate confirmation. Now don’t ask me why Dodd and Frank included such unusual language, they could have just given the Bureau the new authorities, but they didn’t. So even with this appointment, the CFPB won’t be able to go after all those non-banks, like the pay-day lenders and check-cashiers that caused the financial crisis (oh wait, those industries didn’t have anything to do with the crisis).

Meanwhile, Iain Murray at National Review reminds us that the names of the three NLRB appointees were only sent to the Senate three weeks ago. They haven’t been filibustered, so there’s no obstruction — yet. So eager is President Working Class Hero to start off an election year by defying Congress that he picked this fight before he had to.

Via CNS, here’s Carney warning the press corps yesterday that Obama was prepared to engage in unilateral executive action “small, medium, and large” to push his agenda. Let’s put this power grab in the “medium” category; “large” is reserved for wars like Libya that he’s undertaken without so much as a resolution of good luck from Congress. The more I think about this, the more it smells like O’s version of FDR’s court-packing plan, except (a) this is more constitutionally dubious and (b) this is transparently a cheap election-year pander. Exit question: What will the next Republican president use this exciting new precedent for, pray tell?

Update: Via Free Republic, enjoy this 2008 AP story describing how Democrats successfully used pro forma Senate sessions to block evil monarchical lawless cowboy president George W. Bush from making recess appointments of his own.

Update: Corrected a typo in the post above.


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Fabulous… I hope they are as labor friendly as the PEB he appointed to stop the Union Pacific railroad strike…

Khun Joe on January 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

IT’s tactically better to get the unpopular hated Republicans in Congress and let conservative groups fight this in the courts.

Apologetic California on January 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Bama be gangsta!

BL@KBIRD on January 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Isn’t congress suppose to be, well you know, recessed, before Obama can make a Recess appointment?

SWalker on January 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Begging for impeachment in an election year is more like quadrupling down.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Exit question: What will the next Republican president use this exciting new precedent for, pray tell?

Maybe he could deem Michelle “Empress for Life” or something cool like that.

Lily on January 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Good thing a Romney nominee will treat King Obama with kid gloves and be super duper nice in the general. ///

conservative pilgrim on January 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

So this is what it’s like to live in a banana republic.

MTLassen on January 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The Constitution? You mean that old rag? Pffft.

Bishop on January 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Rule By Decree – It fits him and his Utopian ideal, so very well. Wait till he starts up on you … and me.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Why not….?
Is somebody gonna’ stop him ?

NeoKong on January 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

He’s a bona fide PSYCHO!!

JAM on January 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

It’s tactically smart on Obama’s part. He now is rallying his minions by smacking the GOP & giving them something to fight for. However, if the GOP play this right (yeah right) it will rally the GOP in the same way. Obama could care less how it looks, because has the apologist media to cover his backside and spin it for him.

It is these week kneed, lilly liver Independents you have to convince.

Does the GOP have any teeth to punish Obama for his over-reach?

portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

…he could theoretically treat every weekend of the year as a recess.</blockquote

Don't be giving him ideas!

Blaise on January 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Romney’s reaction…..he’s still waiting on the poll results.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

The three(3) branches of government – Obamuh style:

Me, Myself and I

OhEssYouCowboys on January 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Filling the NLRB also helps offset the coming termination of the Keystone pipeline.

BKeyser on January 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Exit question: What will the next Republican president use this exciting new precedent for, pray tell?

Anything and everything the democrat minority opposes, I hope.

jaime on January 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

But we MUST nominate a squishy moderate RINO, right?

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I would like to take this opportunity to again thank the 52%’ers who, for some odd reason, thought the dude with zero experience and a penchant for self-aggrandizement would make a fine POTUS.

You people sure gave us one hell of a president.

Bishop on January 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Rule By Decree – It fits him and his Utopian ideal, so very well. Wait till he starts up on you … and me.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Especially now that he can also have ANY AMERICAN arrested on suspicion and hold them idefinitely.

ConservativePartyNow on January 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

That screen cap always reminds me of this…..

Come to me, my child…..

portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

What I fear most is that the GOP will take no action in this matter at all. It feels like we are all alone here and no one in DC cares what happens to us at all. If one watched what happened in Venezuela, this does seem very similar. Chavez started out small and his actions got larger and larger with time until they now have a dictator…..

Pardonme on January 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Mr. Obama does not want his academic records to be released beacuse there is probably a long line of comments that Mr. Obama does not play well with others in the sand box.

DVPTexFla on January 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

He’s greater than FDR.

Valiant on January 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Good thing a Romney nominee will treat King Obama with kid gloves and be super duper nice in the general. ///

conservative pilgrim on January 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

You are a moron. Did you watch Romney’s speech yesterday. You people need to stop this nonsense. If you are going to talk about Romney, at least say what he did…and not make up your own crap.

Nonsense.

Chudi on January 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Why would O risk a constitutional confrontation with Congress over something as minor as the NLRB or his new consumer board?

Simple. He knows the Republicans will not oppose him. Every other item on the Obama agenda that has come to their table has sailed right through after a symbolic “fight” designed to fool conservatives.

Doomberg on January 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Now if the Executive Branch, sworn to enforce laws, actually VIOLATES a law (Dodd-Frank), does this allow a lawsuit to be initiated? What about impeachment if he willingly violates a law in the act of attempting to enforce it?

GoodSamaritan on January 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Exit question: What will the next Republican president use this exciting new precedent for, pray tell current House Majority Leader do?

DanMan on January 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

When is someone going to put on their big boy pants and stop this trampling of our constitution? All the GOP leaders are always quick to express their outrage but then nothing happens after that.

If what BHO is doing is illegal ACT ON IT!

adplusone on January 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Congress realllllly needs to start talking about the Big “I” word. I really don’t care at this point if Biden ends up as prez for a short time, until after the inaguration of new president

ConservativePartyNow on January 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

This is only the beginning, Obama is kicking into overdrive for his last year in office.

cajun carrot on January 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Exit question: What will the next Republican president use this exciting new precedent for, pray tell?

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

That’s because the next president will be a wimp who will go along to get along. The GOP could have gone nuclear with judges in 2004/2005. They didn’t because, well you just don’t do that and besides if they did that, wouldn’t the Dems do it too? Better just be nice and genteel. And as payback for not going nuclear, what did the Dems do? Pass ObamaCare using the nuclear option.

The GOP is so weak kneed that Romney will, like all spineless RINOs do nothing.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

at best case this is third world autocracy, at worst case this is similar in fashion to the political model of authoritarianism masquerading as democracy in Putins Russia

golembythehudson on January 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

He coupled this with an announcement he would be spending little in in Washington. Last week he stated he was not interested in meeting with politicians.
The matters are related. Obama is an egomaniac that really does perceive large elements of society as either enemies or in need of reform. And by reform, he means being punished severely enough as to never give him trouble again. I think he may be psychologically unbalanced. I am positive he is on prescription drugs that alter moods.

pat on January 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

A day in the life of an elementary school kid, in 2012:

The “Teacher”: And, children, when did our Beloved Leader become Chancellor?

The Children: In Nineteeeeeenthirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrtytwoooooooooooooo!

The “Teacher”: Oh, children, you have such a wonderful grasp of the situation. That was such a good answer. I’m very proud of you all.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Woke up, figured he had abilities far beyond those of mortal men, leaped over a tall building, out-pulled a locomotive, then had a Barry beer and turned on the next NBA reality show.

Limerick on January 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Exit question: What will the current House Majority Leader do?

DanMan on January 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Boehner will cry and wet himself and wait for Eric Cantor to give him some fresh pants and a backbone.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

GOP better keep the pro-forma sessions going. If they stop them, Prez can reiterate the appointments and negate procedural objections.

imaskeptic on January 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Exit question: What will the next Republican president use this exciting new precedent for, pray tell?

It’s gonna be great.

We can appoint czars, legislate via executive order and through agency policy, and on and on….

I’m sure Reid and Pelosi will be ok with that.

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

FLASH: Boehner just sent Obama a harshly written letter opposing this. In it he states, please pretty please don’t do this again. If you do, I just might write another letter.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

What’s the next step, little would-be dictator boy? Killing your opposition?

This malevolent usurper must be stopped. Is there any doubt remaining that he has within him the seed to do whatever he believes he can get away with in the furtherance of his hateful anti-American agenda?

IronDioPriest on January 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

That’s “In Nineteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenthirrrrrrrrrrrrtythreeeeeeeee!

OhEssYouCowboys on January 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Federal courts will refuse to rule on certain turf-war disputes between the executive and the legislature on grounds that they represent a “political question” that should be decided by voters, not by judges.

On the other hand, if these people are illegally/unconstitutionally appointed, then no regulations or rulings they make would be legal. Of course, then you have to have a ruling or regulation (and failure to comply with the reg by someone) and be sued/convicted to then challenge.

rbj on January 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Democracies tend to degenerate into Dictatorships.

Always remember, Big Sis and “Homeland Security” think that anyone who disagrees with the current regime is a “terrorist” or “potential terrorist”.

Clinton proved that “impeachment” is a paper tiger. Obama is proving that the whole Constitution is toilet paper. When these things, because there will be bushels more, go to the courts, you’ll have Obama and Clinton appointed judges agreeing with them. The litigation bill will go out of sight. And nothing will get done for decades.

This is nothing less than the destruction of the U.S. being perpetrated right in front of our faces.

CrazyGene on January 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Romney’s reaction…..he’s still waiting on the poll results.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

He says that he supports ignoring constitutions on a state level as a model for other states, but not on a federal level.

29Victor on January 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Did anyone mention this to Congress? The only thing I’m hearing is the wind. Hello? Anyone? Bueller?
EVERY ONE of the GOP Candidates should be at least be doing some foot stomping on this one.

samazf on January 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Like some strange combination of ‘Hunger Games’ and ’1984′.

Bishop on January 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

This is why Republicans are such a disappointment. Everyone saw this coming but the R’s are totally impotent in doing anything about it and incompetent at explaining to the American people what is wrong with it.

Surely Obama has more in common with Hugo Chavez than Abraham Lincoln.

No Chop Charlie on January 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

He says that he supports ignoring constitutions on a state level as a model for other states, but not on a federal level.

29Victor on January 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

HA HA. Good one.

angryed on January 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Is this guy just determined to destroy our constitutional form of government? Is he trying to force showdowns in courtrooms stacked with leftist judges to do as much damage on the way out as he can?

The GOP leadership better grow a spine quick. We’ve got a rough year ahead of us.

Harbingeing on January 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

This is nothing compared to what His Royal Highness will do with another 4 year term.

plumorchard on January 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Remember this move when the tables are turned, Dhims. Of course, by that time we’ll have a Ruler (by Executive Order) so the point is moot…..if the spineless Rs keep whining about everything and doing absolutely nothing.

ManWithNoParty on January 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I’m not really sure why Obama thinks this will appeal to the average American. Most are already terrified of him and the democrats. Blatant power grabs, ignoring the Constitution and laws don’t exactly give people a sense of calm and comfort.

This may sit well with communists and corrupt union leaders, but most folks … and especially some young people aren’t going to care for it one bit.

darwin on January 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

If the Repubs don’t STOP this and start subpoenas they are part of the problem and complicit. This has gone beyond parlor games.
Only ONE way to stop a bully.

lilium479 on January 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Dude.

What next?

Allendundit on January 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

He must be defeated at ALL costs, ANYHOW, ANYWAY.

vpaddy123 on January 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

That picture of bho says it all, pure evil! I saw on Fox mcconnell is upset about this? Well mcconnell what u gonna do about it? About as much as you have done before ZERO. bho knows that he can do as he dang well pleases for the rest of the year, NO one in congress will do squat to stop him. If they do the bho, team, and bhopress will get the ‘race word’ out in a nano second on him. bho knows this and God knows what this gosh horrible evil anti-American will do in the next 10 months? A dictator and if he keeps her, a dictatoretress will be here in our nation?
L

letget on January 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

come see the violence inherent in the system! help! help! I’m being repressed!

/right-to-work states

bloody peasants

/the bamster

compass and chain on January 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Earliest lame duck president ever?

somnicide on January 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

This is of a piece with President Obama’s appointment of czars. The Senate is now so dysfunctional, and the beauracracy so enormous, that there is literally no check on executive power, other than what remains of Republican appreciation for the limited powers granted by the Constitution.

If I were a Republican candidate for president, I would take some of my time next Saturday to explain to the American people where this ultimately leads, regardless whether the question gets asked during the debate. Ultimately, this is not about President Obama. He is merely a symptom, an exemplar, of what Democrats ultimately intend to do to us. They want subjects, not citizens. And the only principles to which they adhere are those that increase their power over their subjects. President Obama is not a nice guy. He is a power hungry opportunist who will accrue and exercise power for his own ends and those of his fellow Democrats. He could care less what the Constitution says. He thinks its a dead letter and acts accordingly. But he is not alone is this regard. There is not a Democrat in office today, who does not think the exact same thing. Unfortunately, there are quite a few Republicans with the same mindset. We are very close to the fundamental transformation candidate Obama urged four years ago. We cannot win by simply beating him. We have to convince our fellow Americans that the Democrats are the totalitarians that they truly are.

Mongo Mere Pawn on January 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Only ONE way to stop a bully.

lilium479 on January 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

They simply have to be loud and visble. They have to start telling people exactly who Obama is, what he’s doing and why. Don’t mince words. The truth is scary enough.

They have to be mad, be indignant, call him a tyrant and a traitor. Call him a a little dictator. Make him respond.

darwin on January 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Obama knows he can get away with anything he wants and nobody will stop him. So, why do we even believe there will be an election in November? If Obama wants to be dictator, who will stop him? Certainly not Congress.

GrannySunni on January 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

President Barack Hussein Obama — aka: The Decider

 

Where’s the liberal outrage now?

SD Tom on January 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

If it had been a Republican President, Congress will be calling for impeachment hearings and the RINOs would be signed up on the nearest TV shows complaining about the power grab.

In this case, where are the DINOs (or Blue Dogs)? Crickets…

Scott Brown, McCain, the Maine siaters, etc…?

TheRightMan on January 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

My friends, you have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency. And now I’d like to endorse Romney!

RedRedRice on January 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

It’s gonna be great.

We can appoint czars, legislate via executive order and through agency policy, and on and on….

I’m sure Reid and Pelosi will be ok with that.

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

The GOP establishment will do nothing of the sort. They are the “Washington Generals” to the Democrats’ “Harlem Globetrotters,” and have absolutely no problem with what they are doing.

Doomberg on January 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

It’s becoming clear that whoever the next president is, he will be spending all of his time cleaning up the mess from BHO’s scorched earth strategy.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

He’s playing chicken with Congress and, given his record, why not. He will get worse and the Constitution (already in tatters) will wind up on the cutting room floor. He cares not for it.
He should be impeached, but I’m preaching to the choir here. 2012 may not be the end of the world, but it could very well be the end of the United States as we know it.

Jabez01 on January 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

President Barack H. Obama — aka: The Decider

 

Where’s the Liberal outrage now?

SD Tom on January 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

2012 may not be the end of the world, but it could very well be the end of the United States as we know it.

Jabez01 on January 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Exactly.

GrannySunni on January 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

At the moment I don’t feel so bad about guffawing into the phone when the GOP senatorial campaign committee called me for a donation.

As if I’m going to help fund a group of limp-wristed fruitcups who are more worried about their careers than the people they serve and represent.

Bishop on January 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

What will the next Republican president use this exciting new precedent for, pray tell?

We’ll find that out
IF
we have elections in 2012.

burrata on January 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Still think a political solution will fix the country? Huh? Anybody?

bgibbs1000 on January 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Why would O risk a constitutional confrontation with Congress over something as minor as the NLRB or his new consumer board? Why, for the same reason he does everything: Because it might help him get re-elected he doesn’t give a sh*t whether his actions are reckless and/or lawless, and he always gets away with it.

FIFY

The Rogue Tomato on January 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The GOP aided in this.

They won’t do a thing.

tetriskid on January 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

If the people are illegally/unconstitutionally appointed, then their votes are also invalid and their work illegal and their salaries don’t need to be paid for.
Each of these appointees are in fact violating the constitution themselves. They are working illegally, you might say, and should be personally held accountable for all expenses. Just because their boss illegally appointed them a job, doesn’t mean they get to do it.

I have a feeling there are other ways to handle this then just impeaching Obama. Make it known that these people appointed are in fact in violation of the law and are acting without legal authority, and that if they continue may and can be held accountable themselves.

It’s another twist to the “I was just following orders” thing. It’s really no different. If the appointments are unconstitutional, then they are also illegal.

JellyToast on January 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I bet when this is fast tracked to SCOTUS that they will rule in heavily Obama’s favor. They’ll drop the hammer on him in some of the other cases though.

ninjapirate on January 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

And we thought Hugo was bad.

ConservativePartyNow on January 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Block and Flynn are Democrats, while Griffin is a Republican.

Terence Flynn is a Republican – or plays one on TV – he was the Chief Council to “the one Republican” that was on the board. But me thinks this is Terence Flynn previously of Goldman Sachs.

batterup on January 4, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Why not….?
Is somebody gonna’ stop him ?

NeoKong on January 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Exactly.
The more you can keep the opposition juggling, the more you can throw at them. They don’t have enough arms or focus to deal with it.
Expect this to be the new “Way of The Won” for the next year or so.

Mimzey on January 4, 2012 at 5:38 PM

This however, presents a massive opportunity for the non-Romneys still left in the GOP campaign to exploit. Let’s see if any of them recognize and go with it.

Harbingeing on January 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Obama knows he can get away with anything he wants and nobody will stop him. So, why do we even believe there will be an election in November? If Obama wants to be dictator, who will stop him? Certainly not Congress.

GrannySunni on January 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Well, the military can. They take an oath which in part says:

“I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”

darwin on January 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The Constitution? You mean that old rag? Pffft.

Bishop on January 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

It’s a “Living, breathing document” which means it can mean whatever you want it to mean. Haven’t you heard?

Just ask a liberal.

Yakko77 on January 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

It’s becoming clear that whoever the next president is, he will be spending all of his time cleaning up the mess from BHO’s scorched earth strategy.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

What will be left to clean up? ashes?

SWalker on January 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Well, BO did tell us that he liked the way that the ChiComs are able to operate in China, so this really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

mydh12 on January 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Sort of puts the whole “Gunrunner/We plan on doing gun control under the radar” thing in perspective, doesn’t it?

Big things in store for the American people if PBHO gets 4 more years.

Bishop on January 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Dateline: November 1, 2012-obama issues exec order to allow anyone to vote in presidential election, as long as they can prove they were in the USA on or before November 6, 2012.

ConservativePartyNow on January 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Have the poll results come for eomney to give a position?WH will get backlash for this and end up with egg on their face

Flapjackmaka on January 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM

This seems to be an excellent opportunity for the Republican candidates. We know the media won’t cover this … but they’ll certainly cover the candidates slamming Obama as a dictator.

darwin on January 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Expect this to be the new “Way of The Won” for the next year or so.

Mimzey on January 4, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Let’s hope it’s not for the next 5 years, during 4 of which he can do whatever he wants because he has nothing to lose.

The Rogue Tomato on January 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Sort of puts the whole “Gunrunner/We plan on doing gun control under the radar” thing in perspective, doesn’t it?

Big things in store for the American people if PBHO gets 4 more years.

Bishop on January 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

At least they can’t detain you in GITMO… oh wait.

tetriskid on January 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Can the House defund the NLRB?

joejm65 on January 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE CONGRESS TO UNDERSTAND THAT UNDER OBUMMER THEIR JOBS ARE NOT NEEDED???? He can do it all when he’s on vacation and congress is not in session(?)From hail to the chief to HAIL TO THE KING….

tomyj1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The Republican candidates need to start hammering Obummer on this asap.

Roymunson on January 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Is that a picture of Robert Gabriel Mugabe?
As we get closer to November…
it seems like he’s looking more like Idi Amin!

Oh wait! That’s the Constitutional….Professor JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Exit question: What will the next Republican president use this exciting new precedent for, pray tell?

I don’t know, but I’m sure it will include the name “John Bolton”.

JavelinaBomb on January 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Despicable

blatantblue on January 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I would like to take this opportunity to again thank the 52%’ers who, for some odd reason, thought the dude with zero experience and a penchant for self-aggrandizement would make a fine POTUS.

You people sure gave us one hell of a president.

Bishop on January 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I may catch hell for this but in a fair world (though not necessarily a democratic one) those who voted for Obama would be disqualified from voting in this next election for their exceptional stupidity.

Actually, that’s a bit harsh maybe as I have many friends and family who did vote for him and now very much want to correct that mistake.

2012 will be their chance to atone… if it’s not too late for the country.

Yakko77 on January 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Well, the military can. They take an oath which in part says:

“I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”

darwin on January 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Like when the local police, state police and national guard confiscated legal firearms from occupied homes and vehicles, after Katrina? Thus, requiring Congress to enact the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006.

I trust nothing in this country, when it comes to my rights.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

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