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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If Boehner has any testicles, he will have the Pub. controlled congress defund all of Obam’s illegally appointed agencies based on the proposistion that they are illegal. But, we know cry baby Boehner RINO will never do that.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

What do the words ‘consumer protection‘ mean to you?

Well, of course, redlining.

If banks won’t make loans to deserving communities, Obama’s gonna fine’m.

Skandia Recluse on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Impeach every nominee Obama puts up this way, and Holder to boot.

Stop enabling the tyrant.

18-1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

That screen cap always reminds me of this…..

Come to me, my child…..

portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

LOL

fiatboomer on January 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM

What’s really hilarious is all of the commentators here on HA who see no difference between Obama and Romney. Yeah right, Romney doing this? Give me a break!

CaliforniaRefugee on January 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Um paging Rick Perry – you want to get back in this thing.

Go after this SOB!

gophergirl on January 4, 2012 at 5:45 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

So, is obama foreign or domestic? :-)

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Yes, but congress was not in session when he did those.

ConservativePartyNow on January 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I have many friends and family who did vote for him and now very much want to correct that mistake.

Yakko77 on January 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Yea, there are a lot of people who shot themselves in the head that would very much like to correct their mistake as well. Oppsies…

SWalker on January 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

The Banana Republic of America

jnelchef on January 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

The narcissist:

* Feels entitled. Demands automatic and full compliance with his or her unreasonable expectations for special and favourable priority treatment;

* Is “interpersonally exploitative”, i.e., uses others to achieve his or her own ends;

* Behaves arrogantly and haughtily. Feels superior, omnipotent, omniscient, invincible, immune, “above the law”, and omnipresent (magical thinking). Rages when frustrated, contradicted, or confronted by people he or she considers inferior to him or her and unworthy…

Barack Obama – Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?

Flora Duh on January 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Bush waited until the Senate was in recess.

darwin on January 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I’d ask you to discuss how many of those appointments were made during an actual session of Congress, but I know you’re one of those trolls who never bothers to stick around to take the beating.

fiatboomer on January 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Steve Diamond, a labor lawyer and no right-winger, warned us in 2008 that Obama is an “authoritarian leftist” along with pals like Bill Ayers. How right he was…

The post I linked to “Who Sent Obama” is probably the most well-known, but there’s lots more at his website.

Buy Danish on January 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Missing the part where the people here at Hot Air had love for GWB.

cajun carrot on January 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Um paging Rick Perry – you want to get back in this thing.

Go after this SOB!

gophergirl on January 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Sorry… Rick doesn’t have the balls to do it…

SWalker on January 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Just wait till early fall and this guy suspects he,s not going to win reelection.The carnage this insecure man child could bring down on this country scares me badly.God help us.

logman1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Betcha he didn’t do any of them while the Senate was still in session.

gophergirl on January 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Now don’t you dare say anything, Mittens. You just know you have that new Republican vote, that turned out in Iowa for Paul, all locked up if you just play nicey nice.

MNHawk on January 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Spokesflunkie Carney: The American Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word from the White House that the Emperor has declared the council permanently in recess. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever.

18-1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Bush is the reason we are in this mess and have an out of control executive branch.

He handed Obama this power.

tetriskid on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 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

Don’t forget to thank all the Republicans who stayed home in 2008 “to teach McCain and the Republicans a Lesson”. They have just as much guilt as those who voted for the guy.

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

…which rather totally misses the point here, eh?

davisbr on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Not that he was a favorite of mine….but I would like to see a link. I didn’t know that he had that many.

herm2416 on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Just wait till early fall and this guy suspects he,s not going to win reelection.The carnage this insecure man child could bring down on this country scares me badly.God help us.

logman1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I’m pretty sure it’s going to get worse and when the people begin to rise up he can lock them away indefinitely as domestic terrorists.

darwin on January 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Since lefties love precedent, any future Republican President can just wait for the weekend and recess appoint their ass off. Thanks, Obama.

kagai on January 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Next executive orders:
1. No term limits for Presidents.
2. Anyone registered as a Republican pays higher taxes.
3. Michelle is the Queen of America.
4. The sport of Golf is now renamed “Obama”.
5. Republicans can now longer vote for the office of President.
6. Anyone that criticizes Obama is a racist and prosecuted under hate crime laws and as part of the punishment an illegal alien family can take over their home at no cost.
7. Pledge of allegiance change to “…one Nation under Mohammed…”
8. History books can not cite Obama as the worst President in the history of the United States.

albill on January 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

What did you expect? He said he won. Remember?

Rod on January 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Another irresponsible, unconstitutional act by America’s version of hugo chavez, the DICTATOR-in-Chief.
IMPEACH OBOZO NOW !!!!

TeaPartyNation on January 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

And in comes the leftist piece of garbage, too ashamed to just come out and support the trash he votes for, to instead attempt to deflect.

Own your boy, b**ch!

MNHawk on January 4, 2012 at 5:49 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.

lilium479 on January 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Indeed, but it seems all we have on our side are eunuchs at best.

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

Let’s see who has testicles.

squint on January 4, 2012 at 5:49 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

These bozo’s still don’t understand what is happening. Right under their noses a bloodless coup..a Marxist takeover…and they simply choose to deny it.
There is no excuse for it imo. But when the time to hold your ground and push back (like right now)..what will they do? Nothing beyond furrowing their brows and shaking their fingers.
How did we get saddled with this feast of snakes and cowards?

Mimzey on January 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Not that he was a favorite of mine….but I would like to see a link. I didn’t know that he had that many.

herm2416 on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

It doesn’t matter how many Bush had … he never disregarded the Constitution or Senate rules when he did it.

darwin on January 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

which ailinsky rule is this? keep your opponents constantly off-balance? I don’t think the GOP has the brains or backbone to recognize this for what it is: another step in the playbook.

compass and chain on January 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

His college records probably show that he eschews many unconstitutional actions, including this one on the part of the president. To the independents who voted for him, “What were you thinking!?”. Now we have to unravel all his @%#$-ups in the next four years.

jake49 on January 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

He knows very well the Republicans will not do one dammm thing about it.

stenwin77 on January 4, 2012 at 5:50 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

BTW, the GOP(or Chamber) needs to press this hard now regardless of whether or not we lose so we can actually wield this weapon once in power.

ninjapirate on January 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

And this is the guy Romney called a nice guy last night.

logman1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Change.

visions on January 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Here’s a new video with school children singing love songs to dear leader Barack Obama in an elementary school.

biggovernment.com/kolson/2012/01/04/more-indoctrination-from-the-occupy-songwriters-at-kid-pan-alley/

ninjapirate on January 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

This monster has got to be stopped. I don’t care if it’s Larry the Cable Guy on the opposing ticket; VOTE NOBAMA 2012!

I don’t mean to be overly dramatic, but the future of our Republic is truly in peril with this coxucker at the helm.

hillbillyjim on January 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

And this is the guy Romney called a nice guy last night.

logman1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

If you like campaign 08, you’ve love Romney ’12!

18-1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Bush did make 171 recess appointments – legally.

This appointment is not legal as congress is not in recess.

stenwin77 on January 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM

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

I don’t want a Republican president to use this. I don’t want any president to do this.

Words mean nothing. Boehner and McConnell can be as outraged as they please, but words don’t mean anything. They need to do something.

Obama should be impeached for violation of his presidential oath.

I expect to see more power grabs by him this year. He’s betting that the Rs won’t want to risk upsetting the voters during an election year.

I wish someone in D.C. actually cared about the Constitution.

INC on January 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Every single damn thing this pos has done since January, 2009 is destroying the nation.

I hope enough of those hopey-changey/white guilt (whatever that’s supposed to mean) folks who voted for this loser in ’08 understand what the hell is going on and plan to vote accordingly.

As of now, I’m skeptical of that.

-jt

jersey taxpayer on January 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM

And this is the guy Romney called a nice guy last night.

logman1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

McCain said WHAT???

…..Oh, wait!!!!

hillbillyjim on January 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

And this is the guy Romney called a nice guy last night.

logman1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Did he really?

INC on January 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Makes it easy to ignore the CFPB and NLRB since they were not legally appointed.

Tater Salad on January 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Just wait till early fall and this guy suspects he,s not going to win reelection.The carnage this insecure man child could bring down on this country scares me badly.God help us.
logman1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I agree.
Look at what he did in Kenya for his cuz Mr sharia odinga !
That country burned and there was blood on the streets and ofcourse the media here made sure it never ever got mentioned.
Obama has practised carnage and he has savored its benefits. It only makes him even more predisposed to unleash it again

burrata on January 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Since lefties love precedent, any future Republican President can just wait for the weekend and recess appoint their ass off. Thanks, Obama.

kagai on January 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

But they won’t.
Pelosi will shake her freshly re-acquired gavel at them and say “You better not try THAT!”, and the repubs will play quietly till they get new instruction on Monday.

Mimzey on January 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

This is a joke right? Congress passed the Frank Dodd bill and the CFTC continues to ignore it ie. position limits on precious metals and othor commodities have still not been put in place even thought the law required that it be done by June of last year. More meaningless laws and more meaningless bureaucrats as power continues to be consolidated in the hands of the elite (of both parties) at the top.

Congress passes and the President signs the NDAA that more or less scraps half of the Bill of Rights and the media and the politicians yawn. We are so screwed. The police state is here and no one seems to care. Hey the Super Bowl is in a few weeks, what else could possibly matter?

I’ve never been a Ron Paul fan, on foreign policy I think he is out of touch with reality, but in the longer term if we slide into a fashist police state at home where the police write their own warrents and the courts no longer exist as a neutral abitor between the citizen and the power of government, whether or not Iran has the bomb won’t much matter from inside a detention camp.

LCT688 on January 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Q: When Congress offers you a bill, do you promise not to use presidential signage [sic] to get your way?

OBAMA: Yes. [Applause] Let me just explain for those who are unfamiliar with this issue. You know, we’ve got a government designed by the founders so that there’d be checks and balances. You don’t want a President that’s too powerful or a Congress that’s too powerful or courts that are too powerful. Everybody’s got their own role. Congress’ job is to pass legislation. The President can veto it, or he can sign it. But what George Bush has been trying to do is part of his effort to accumulate more power in the Presidency, is, he’s been saying, “Well, I can basically change what Congress passed by attaching a letter that says ‘I don’t agree with this part’ or ‘I don’t agree with that part.’ I’m going to choose to interpret it this way or that way.” Uh, that’s not part of his power. But this is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he’s going along. I disagree with that. I taught the Constitution for ten years, I believe in the Constitution, and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress.

Can you say hypocrite? Although I prefer bald faced liar myself.

Flora Duh on January 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

The next Rule By Decree:

Pursuant to the Commerce Clause precedent, as deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court, concerning the healthcare mandate, I, as Supreme Leader, have declared an emergency which requires me to suppress the Second Amendment, in order to more effectively rule this nation. Accordingly, and pursuant to the Commerce Clause, I hereby order that all private ownership of firearms be deemed illegal, and that a national emergency requires their immediate confiscation.

In addition, and should any stimulus funds be remaining, all firearm owners will be granted a single $50 stipend, upon the confiscation of their combined firearms.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

What’s to stop him? Why not expand any desired mandate, pursuant to the Commerce Clause?

Barack Obamuh

OhEssYouCowboys on January 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

It feels like it’s been winter for a hundred years

The world is as cold as the white snow

The birds have been wondering if it’s safe to return

We’ve all been hibernating way too long

But now we’ve got the power – we’re no longer cowards

We’ll have a brand new song

Now we’re ready to shed our old skin

We’re ready for a brand new day

Ready for peace – ready for spring

Ready for freedom – let freedom ring

Welcome Barack Obama

He’ll save the day – hip hip hooray

If President Obama came to our school

I’d show him all the work I’ve done

To make peace for all the children in the world

Growing happiness for everyone

But now we’ve got the power – we’re no longer cowards

It’s time to have some fun

Now we’re ready to shed our old skin

We’re ready for a brand new day

Ready for peace – ready for spring

Ready for freedom – let freedom ring

Welcome Barack Obama

He’ll save the day – hip hip hooray

Welcome Barack Obama

He’ll save the day – hip hip hooray

Barack Obama – hip hip hooray

Barack Obama – hip hip hooray

Barack Obama – hip hip hooray

Barack Obama!

http://biggovernment.com/kolson/2012/01/04/more-indoctrination-from-the-occupy-songwriters-at-kid-pan-alley/

ninjapirate on January 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

More Kleenex to Boehner’s office ASAP. Boehner can huff and puff but does nothing, the guy is weaker than weak and needs to go as speaker. Congress is being made to look totally impotent as Obama uses them as a doormat !

Sandybourne on January 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Pelosi will shake her freshly re-acquired gavel…

Mimzey on January 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Sorry, my friend. There’ll be no days like that.

Ain’t happenin’.

Write it down.

hillbillyjim on January 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Don’t forget to thank all the Republicans who stayed home in 2008 “to teach McCain and the Republicans a Lesson”. They have just as much guilt as those who voted for the guy.

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Ya, keep saying that chump. Keep insulting the conservatives, keep trying to drive them away, keep trying to discourage, keep laying the guilt for your candidates failings on the conservatives, but what ever you do, DO NOT make any effort give us a reason to play your stupid game.

That’s the whole point isn’t it? You did your saintly duty, you cast your one vote, for all the good it did, and that makes you superior.

Keep dividing the GOP into ‘us’ and the evil ‘them’. That’s what Obama’s trolls do. You aren’t one of them are you? Perish the thought.

Skandia Recluse on January 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Obama should be impeached for violation of his presidential oath.

I expect to see more power grabs by him this year. He’s betting that the Rs won’t want to risk upsetting the voters during an election year.

I wish someone in D.C. actually cared about the Constitution.

INC on January 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I’m betting his bet is pretty much on-the-money. The “Rs” are spineless, for the most part–the old, go-along-to-get-along deal.

I wish there will come a point in my lifetime that the predominance of those in D.C. actually cared about the American Taxpayer and the Constitution, under which they are taxed.

-jt

jersey taxpayer on January 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Hopefully, any of the Republicans, just give me 1 besides Ron Paul, that can contrast and explain the powers of the general government and how far it has gone in the past century. Are the only people left those that believe in government, no matter the size, as long as it adheres to their worldview?

Side note, that phrase Cato pointed out is ironic and highly amusing.

John Kettlewell on January 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

burrata on January 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Agreed.
The thought that an American President actually campaigned for the election of a brutal is simply unbelievable.
The Press?…nowhere to be seen.

Mimzey on January 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I don’t know who I hate more, SCOAMF or the Repukelicans who refuse to stand up to him. All have now openly abrogated their Constitutional oaths, the former by flagrantly disregarding it and the latter by allowing the former to do same.

Can you all say CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS?!

Rixon on January 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Well, we have an out of control imperial president.

Democrats = Above the law.

Zorro on January 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Thanks for making my day, you putrid waste of oxygen.

Go screw.

I thought you’d disappeared; now I have a reason to live.

hillbillyjim on January 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Don’t forget to thank all the Republicans who stayed home in 2008 “to teach McCain and the Republicans a Lesson”. They have just as much guilt as those who voted for the guy.

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

And don’t forget RPaul and his people, I blame them.

tinkerthinker on January 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

So…

GWB is actually the hero of Liberals everywhere?

Or did you just miss the point completely?

Spliff Menendez on January 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Sorry, my friend. There’ll be no days like that.

Ain’t happenin’.

Write it down.

hillbillyjim on January 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Hope you’re right.

Mimzey on January 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

If Boehner has any testicles, he will have the Pub. controlled congress defund all of Obam’s illegally appointed agencies based on the proposistion that they are illegal. But, we know cry baby Boehner RINO will never do that.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

He waited until afer Boehner fell for the Dems’ trap (as outlined in the WSJ recently) and passed the remaining spending bills for the fiscal year.

So everything is funded through 9/30, IIRC. And he knows the GOP wouold never dare risk a government shutdown just before an election, so he’ll con them into funfing him through January or something like that.

Wethal on January 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Wow,
Obama’s oranges look just like Bush’s apples…….NOT

Zooid on January 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Protip for the n00bz: Whenever long-time troll benny shakar comes running to a Barry thread, it’s a sure sign Mister Constitutional messed up but good.

Christien on January 4, 2012 at 6:04 PM

evil man shreds the constitution.

chai on January 4, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Lying with your “facts” will only be believed by your Fellow Democrats. Remember, O’bama won over 60% of the High School Dropout Vote. You’re entitled to your opinion, but not the truth.

Over an 8 year period, Bush in fact made 171 Recess Appointments; 40% of those were for part time positions only.

On the other hand, Democrat President Bill Clinton made 139 Recess Appointments; 30% were part time.

By the end only of his second year in Office, your Dear Leader had already made 28 Recess Appointments. 100% of them full-time, unlike Bush. That puts him on a pace, if he is re-elected, to make as many as Clinton.

Source: US Congressional Research Service.

F- to you, as usual.

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I think this usurpation of power is the right time to start a Quo Warranto against Obama…

QUO WARRANTO LEGAL BRIEF:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

ITguy on January 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Ya, keep saying that chump. Keep insulting the conservatives, keep trying to drive them away, keep trying to discourage, keep laying the guilt for your candidates failings on the conservatives, but what ever you do, DO NOT make any effort give us a reason to play your stupid game.

That’s the whole point isn’t it? You did your saintly duty, you cast your one vote, for all the good it did, and that makes you superior.

Keep dividing the GOP into ‘us’ and the evil ‘them’. That’s what Obama’s trolls do. You aren’t one of them are you? Perish the thought.

Skandia Recluse on January 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

LOL, I see I struck a nerve. Why did you stay home in 2008?

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I’m confused. If Obama can get around Congress, how can Obama then say those gosh darn Republicans were stopping him? He could have done this from year one.

JavelinaBomb on January 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Unilateral Third World – Chavez sends his congratulations

Carthoris on January 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

More crying and foot stomping from Boehner and McConnell.

ctmom on January 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

FYI – several commenters have now been reported to Attack Watch for subversive activities.

DasObamaReich on January 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

The Drudge picture for this story of the blurry disheveled looking Obama from his video cascus last night to his sheep is absolutely hilarious.

Roymunson on January 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Its official, he is the dictator of the United Socialists States of Amerika.

Mirimichi on January 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I thought I read somewhere that if the NLRB has no Republicans on it (or no Democrats, using the opposite example), it legally cannot function.

If that’s so, then the Republicans on the NLRB need to resign NOW and NO ONE should take their place.

clayj on January 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I get this weird, strange, funny feeling when I watch this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m17pz0R_qZo&feature=relmfu

JellyToast on January 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Democrat President John F. Kennedy also made Recess Appointments.

One of them was a Justice to the Supreme Court.

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

not only does the Cordray appointment flaunt the Constitution, it actually violates the terms of the Dodd-Frank statute pushed through by O’s own party:

Yeah, BUT IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING!

GarandFan on January 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Next executive orders:
1. No term limits for Presidents.
2. Anyone registered as a Republican pays higher taxes.
3. Michelle is the Queen of America.
4. The sport of Golf is now renamed “Obama”.
5. Republicans can now longer vote for the office of President.
6. Anyone that criticizes Obama is a racist and prosecuted under hate crime laws and as part of the punishment an illegal alien family can take over their home at no cost.
7. Pledge of allegiance change to “…one Nation under Mohammed…”
8. History books can not cite Obama as the worst President in the history of the United States.

albill on January 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Re:
1. There is no longer a “president,” from this day forward, One is to be referred to as ‘his excellency.’
2. Anyone deemed republican automatically forwards his/her gross income to his excellency.
3. See #1.
4. heh
5. See #1.
6. There will be no criticism of his or her excellency. You will do what you are told or suffer the consequces at their whim.
7. Yes, all hail their excellencies.
8. History books will no longer be in print. If you don’t have parents, grand-parents or great grand-parents to teach you history, his excellency’s educational army will teach if to you right!

Yes, albill, I have an even further dread of 4 more.

-jt

jersey taxpayer on January 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

If Boehner has any testicles, he will have the Pub. controlled congress defund all of Obam’s illegally appointed agencies based on the proposistion that they are illegal. But, we know cry baby Boehner RINO will never do that.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

He doesn’t. Neither does Mitch McConnell. They’ll roll over and take it because they’ll do the same if a Republican get’s into office.

TulsAmerican on January 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Please don’t let the fact that gwb made nearly 200 recess appointments interfere with your ill-informed, yet highly entertaining, discussion.

benny shakar on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Actually..it was 171 for Bush…in 8 years, with 99 being permanent.
That equals about 21 per year with 12 being permanent.

Obama has to date 28..(up to Dec 8 of this year)..with ALL of them being permanent.
That makes Obama the “Recess Appointment King”.

Thats BAD..rigght Benny?
Tells us how bad it is…what is your biggest criticism of Obama for this travesty?

Mimzey on January 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

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

It ain’t right, BUT it’s not unexpected.

listens2glenn on January 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I thought I read somewhere that if the NLRB has no Republicans on it (or no Democrats, using the opposite example), it legally cannot function.

If that’s so, then the Republicans on the NLRB need to resign NOW and NO ONE should take their place.

clayj on January 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I believe it’s a three-vote quorum to vote. Before these ‘appointments’ (read: ‘they made me do it because of the Boeing thing,’) there were two Dems, one R, and the R threated to quit so as not to have a quorum. (Note the number of Ds and R One appoints–won’t be having *that* problem again-no Sir!)

-jt

jersey taxpayer on January 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

C’mon, guys, benny shakar is in the throes of Kwanzaa – let him celebrate.

Give peace a chance.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Gotta hand it to that MA Republicans.

BKeyser on January 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

What do the words ‘consumer protection‘ mean to you?

Well, of course, redlining.

If banks won’t make loans to deserving communities, Obama’s gonna fine’m.

Skandia Recluse on January 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Skandia,
There are rules on the books already to deal with “redlining”…take
a look at the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act). Some, including me,
believe that this helped to inflate the housing bubble.

COjohngalt on January 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Mr. “I won” can do anything, you know, because elections have consequences.

HiJack on January 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Contrast of news stories:

Speaking to supporters on Tuesday, Romney stuck with his strategy of hitting President Obama, describing him as “a nice guy…who is over his head.”

with

In Twitter messages and calls to reporters, the hits on Romney have ramped up, led by the president’s heralded strategist David Axelrod.

This really is McCain redux.

Obama is not a nice guy. He activities subverts the Constitution. Nor is he in over his head. Consider his achievement of so much of a destructive agenda. He may be a horrible economist and executive, but he really doesn’t care.

The one thing he knows how to do is how to get what he wants politically.

He is shrewd in the worst sense of the word. He knows what to have his minions do and what he should do. He sizes up people’s vulnerabilities and acts accordingly. He knows just how much he can get away with thanks to the MSM.

INC on January 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I thought Scott Brown was supposed to be on our side. What makes this statement any different than what Elizabeth Warren would say?

Sen. Brown: I support Obama naming consumer chief

BOSTON (AP) – U.S. Sen. Scott Brown says he’s supporting President Barack Obama’s decision to name Richard Cordray as the nation’s chief consumer watchdog despite the objections of Brown’s fellow Senate Republicans.

Brown said in a statement on Wednesday that while he would have strongly preferred the appointment go through the normal confirmation process, the political system is completely broken…

Flora Duh on January 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Thats BAD..rigght Benny?

Tells us how bad it is…what is your biggest criticism of Obama for this travesty?

Mimzey on January 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Benny Shake and Bake has a long reputation here on HA as a Drive-By. One post, and one post only. Then he crawls back under the bridge.

BTW he cut and pasted this exact same post to the earlier HA thread about this, exactly one minute before doing so on this thread.

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Allah, what’s with all the references to “next year”? We’re in 2012 now, only 10 months ’til the election, for better or for worse…

DavidW on January 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

C’mon, guys, benny shakar is in the throes of Kwanzaa – let him celebrate.

Give peace a chance.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

We’ve already Kwanzaa-ed him back under his bridge. Facts have a way of doing that.

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

BKeyser on January 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Oops sorry. Guess we were both on the same wavelength.

Flora Duh on January 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

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