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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Don’t expect the Republican Party to take any action against Barack Obama for his illegal and unconstitutional action on his recent appointments. Sure, they’ll beat their chests and make the rounds on the talk shows to denounce him; but remember, the GOP also supported his illegal action in Libya. They’ll fund him, they’ll vote with him. In the end, nothing will be done, so by their inaction, they’ll have fully supported a return to a dictatorship.

madmonkphotog on January 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I believe its time go third party. It is very apparent that moderate Republicans have only contempt for conservative ideas, and their base that supports those ideals. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it… 1854 to be specific.

dominigan on January 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

We might as well stick a fork in this turkey (U.S.) ’cause it’s done…No one of any consequence will stand up to this dictatorial takeover! Remember to stock up on your precious metals; gold and lead…

elihu on January 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Kind of refreshing actually, that there are bankers out there who recognized that being a capitalist doesn’t mean an unchecked license to manipulate the system and steal from the American people. Also, Republican social policies continue to be so loathsome that fair-minded people who might be more moderate are voting Blue with their wallets. Imagine — someone thinking that a solvent, equitable America is more important than that last 3.9% on their last million.

urban elitist

Do you wipe after crapping on cop cars?

xblade on January 4, 2012 at 11:31 PM

In the mean time, two facts: half the subprime loans issued in the early oughts were by mortgage companies that had no responsibility under the Community Reinvestment Act and thus were lending for profit motives rather than government pressure. Countrywide, my friend.

And, government pressure never made Bear Stearns leverage themselves at a 40-1 level, thus ensuring that when the downturn came, it would flam spectacularly and light the fuse.

Read “Too Big to Fail” or “The Big Short.”

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM

LOL! Both books written by Far Left Democrats who desperately want to shift the Blame.

“Too Big To Fail” was “written” by a kid who was born in 1977, and grew up knowing he would have a “job” at the New York Times. He has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about.

As for Michael Lewis, he’s a Professor at Berkeley, frequent NY Times and New Republic writer, and is best known not for his economic acumen but his knowledge of Sports.

F+

PS: Under Democrat President Bill Clinton, the number of sub-prime mortgages nearly tripled by the time he left office, from 5% of the total to 13% in 1999.

Spin That.

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Don’t forget to thank all the Republicans who stayed home in 2008 “to teach McCain and the Republicans a Lesson” nominated a RINO and flipped off the conservative base to go it alone. They have just as much guilt as those who voted for the guy.

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

FIFY.

dominigan on January 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Translated: “I stayed home too!”

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 11:43 PM

so my outrage has yet to be rented.

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Nah. You sold it outright – along with your soul, your principles and your manhood.

Solaratov on January 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Run roughshod over the constitution, mock congressional opposition as unpatriotic, bribe left-wing journalists with access and favors in exchange for friendly coverage, intimidate and freeze out unfriendly journalists, run the national debt to unthinkable and crippling levels, push massive but useless public works projects, use labor union allies to bully political opponents, bash the rich while taking their campaign contributions, and otherwise gather as much power as possible into the executive branch by any means necessary.

It’s almost as if Obama is taking governance lessons from Cristina Kirchner, the president of Argentina.

NealK on January 4, 2012 at 11:47 PM

I’m repeating myself, but it bears repeating. Via Instapundit, this is all a dry run for getting his guy on board who can okay refinancing $3.7 TRILLION worth of Fannie/Freddie mortgages:

Bottom line: Talk about a political and economic game changer in this presidential election year. Obama could offer a trillion-dollar stimulus — as measured over a decade –that would directly and immediately impact tens of millions of Americans suffering from the housing depression. Cash in their pockets. Imagine the electoral impact on key states, such as Florida, suffering from both high unemployment and devastated housing markets.

And the beauty part for Obama? He wouldn’t need approval from Congress to do it. Even though many Republicans would scream that the plan would reward irresponsible homeowners who took on too much leverage — indeed, talk of a housing bailout is what launched the Tea Party movement – they probably couldn’t stop it. And Hubbard already has an answer to the moral hazard issue: “This proposal requires borrowers to give up a share of future appreciation in order to participate. Lenders must eat a portion of the losses as well. Everyone gives a little bit.”

The 2012 battle for the White House is looking razor close. A mass refinancing plan might be enough to tip it to Obama.

tree hugging sister on January 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

And, to be clear, Fannie and Freddie were a symptom, not a cause. They were the equivalent of two more arrogant, stupid banks.

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM

….and were protected 100% by democrats as they carried out their sub-prime schemes.
….and on Obama’s watch…now sit uncapped and demanding billions more in bailouts.
Like a good Obama zombie…you ignore all that and instead choose to whine about Bush 3 years into the failure of “Hope and Change.”

Timeline shows Bush, McCain warning Dems of financial and housing crisis; meltdown
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMnSp4qEXNM

…and how did the democrats react to this impending disaster:

Video: Democrats insist “nothing wrong” at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in 2004
posted at 9:50 am on September 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
http://hotair.com/archives/2008/09/29/video-democrats-insist-nothing-wrong-at-fannie-mae-freddie-mac-in-2004/

…nothing to see here..just a bunch of racist Republicans that don’t want people to own homes….

Yea…democrats go to guy Raines did a great job of ripping off Americans and liberal apologist like Urban here continue to whine about Bush.

….and democrats did everything they could to keep the scam going:


Shocking Video Unearthed Democrats in their own words Covering up the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Scam that caused our Economic Crisis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs&NR=1

…and of course Fannie/Freedie knew who to thank for letting them help crash the American economy……

Explosive Video, Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the “Family” and “Conscience” of Fannie Mae

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_BB3HYWJfY

….the democrats did everything they could to keep this scam going that has destroyed the lives of millions of Americans and decimate the economy.

How hilarious it is to watch you post and act like you are on some superior moral high ground while at the same time supporting such corruption that has destroyed so many lives.

Baxter Greene on January 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

And, to be clear, Fannie and Freddie were a symptom, not a cause. They were the equivalent of two more arrogant, stupid banks.

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM

….and were protected 100% by democrats as they carried out their sub-prime schemes.
….and on Obama’s watch…now sit uncapped and demanding billions more in bailouts.
Like a good Obama zombie…you ignore all that and instead choose to whine about Bush 3 years into the failure of “Hope and Change.”

…and how did the democrats react to this impending disaster:

Video: Democrats insist “nothing wrong” at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in 2004
posted at 9:50 am on September 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
http://hotair.com/archives/2008/09/29/video-democrats-insist-nothing-wrong-at-fannie-mae-freddie-mac-in-2004/

…nothing to see here..just a bunch of racist Republicans that don’t want people to own homes….

Yea…democrats go to guy Raines did a great job of ripping off Americans and liberal apologist like Urban here continue to whine about Bush.

….and democrats did everything they could to keep the scam going:


Shocking Video Unearthed Democrats in their own words Covering up the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Scam that caused our Economic Crisis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs&NR=1

…and of course Fannie/Freedie knew who to thank for letting them help crash the American economy……

Explosive Video, Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the “Family” and “Conscience” of Fannie Mae

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_BB3HYWJfY

….the democrats did everything they could to keep this scam going that has destroyed the lives of millions of Americans and decimate the economy.

How hilarious it is to watch you post and act like you are on some superior moral high ground while at the same time supporting such corruption that has destroyed so many lives.

Baxter Greene on January 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

northdallasthirty on January 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Nicely done. Kudos.

Solaratov on January 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

But, if this Constitutional outrage is so grand, how did we all feel about Bush’s massive disregard for the 4th Amendment and habeas corpus, or Reagan’s Iran-Contra thing.

You’re joking with this right?????
Obama has sold thousands of guns to Mexican Cartels that have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people including American law enforcement…..and the democratic party defends this and is involved in a major cover up to try and protect Holder and Obama from this irresponsible and deadly disaster they perpetrated.

..as far as the “massive disregard for the 4th amendment”…..what a joke.Bush was now found guilty of any such thing and Obama has not only embraced these policies….he’s expanded them:


Obama assertion: FBI can get phone records without oversight

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/02/11/108562/obama-assertion-fbi-can-get-phone.html

By Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s Justice Department has asserted that the FBI can obtain telephone records of international calls made from the U.S. without any formal legal process or court oversight, according to a document obtained by McClatchy.

Government reports violations of limits on spying aimed at U.S. citizens
By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 3, 2010; 12:41 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/02/AR2010120206052_pf.html

The federal government has repeatedly violated legal limits governing the surveillance of U.S. citizens, according to previously secret internal documents obtained through a court battle by the American Civil Liberties Union.

I’m thinking massive civil liberties violations and secret wars are a little more ominous than the appointment of a few bureaucrats.
urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Obama expand the same programs you liberals yelled and screamed about for years under Bush….Gitmo still open….Americans can now he held indefinitely along with Obama’s secret black op prisons and unleashing Cheney’s assassination teams on unarmed terrorist…..
Americans can expect to see you all out in the streets calling OBama a “war criminal” and demanding his impeachment right??????
….oh no that’s right……you’re in the coffee shops patting each other on the back and calling it “smart power” now.

Though, unlike the Republican caucus I’m not on the payroll of Wall-Mart (executive suite, not floor staff) or Goldman Sachs, so my outrage has yet to be rented.

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

No…you’re on the union payrolls,Goldman Sach’s,and have your lips pressed against Obama’s butt….the President who has taken more Wall street money in than any President in History.


How progressive!!!!!

Baxter Greene on January 5, 2012 at 12:32 AM

If this stands, what would stop the President from ignoring the Senate with regards to all Presidential appointments like cabinet positions and Judges?

Freddy on January 5, 2012 at 1:07 AM

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

BTW as a Noob I should warn you that Baxter Greene will Destroy you every time. Unlike you he’s got Facts.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 1:23 AM

“What, me worry?”

minnesoter on January 5, 2012 at 1:38 AM

If this stands, what would stop the President from ignoring the Senate with regards to all Presidential appointments like cabinet positions and Judges?

Freddy on January 5, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Already happened. Democrat John F. Kennedy, who today would have long ago been kicked out of the Democrat Party (just like they did with the evil Joo Guy they nominated to be Vice President in 2000
but threw overboard when it became politically convenient to do so) used a Recess Appointment to appoint an eventual Supreme Court Justice.

President John F. Kennedy appointed Thurgood Marshall to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1961 to a new seat created on May 19, 1961 by 75 Stat. 80. A group of Senators from the South, led by Mississippi’s (Democrat) James Eastland, held up his confirmation, so he served for the first several months under a recess appointment.

All of those “Southern Senators” who forced JFK into the Recess Appointment were…Democrats, by the way. All of them.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Just following your lead Dolemonte……

Urban is just another Huffington Post bubble resident spouting off dem talking points because the facts don’t back up their ignorant narrative.

…Gotta love the same people that blame Bush for where this country is at 3 years into Obama’s “Hope and Change” failure, touting the line “the bubble happened under Bush’s watch….so it’s his fault”….like these policies were not being enacted during Clinton’s Presidency.
To go by liberal standards…Bush “inherited” this sub-prime mess.
………….liberals can’t even keep their own spin straight.

Baxter Greene on January 5, 2012 at 1:47 AM

I suggest finding a gun, a Bible and maybe a bottle to cling to until you calm down.
 
urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 10:11 PM

 
What exactly are you suggesting?
 
conservative pilgrim on January 4, 2012 at 10:26 PM

 
Laughably, that someone else is a bigot.

rogerb on January 5, 2012 at 2:09 AM

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

You g*&^%$#@ moron, the distinction being, THERE ACTUALLY WAS A RECESS WHEN KING BUSH II MADE RECESS APPOINTMENTS. What King Barry HUSSEIN has done is provoke a G*&^%$#@ constitutional crisis – as there IS NOT CURRENTLY A RECESS. Do you EVEN READ what was written you bloviating liberal retard?

THESE ARE THE ACTIONS OF A TOTALITARIAN DICTATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SilverDeth on January 5, 2012 at 2:12 AM

…Gotta love the same people that blame Bush for where this country is at 3 years into Obama’s “Hope and Change” failure, touting the line “the bubble happened under Bush’s watch….so it’s his fault”….like these policies were not being enacted during Clinton’s Presidency.
To go by liberal standards…Bush “inherited” this sub-prime mess.
………….liberals can’t even keep their own spin straight.

Baxter Greene on January 5, 2012 at 1:47 AM

The book “Reckless Endangerment” covered this debacle (the subprime mortgage one, not the epic fail of the itinerant trolls) brilliantly.

Flotsam Jetsome on January 5, 2012 at 2:13 AM

You people who post here all day should visit some other sites, and learn to use “The Google” so you don’t look so silly.

Per CRS Report RS21308:

George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, of which 99 were to full-time positions.

I look forward to myriad responses that CRS is part of the lamestream media.

benny shakar on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

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.

So, he’s going to run against a “do-nothing Congress” by thumbing his nose at the one house of Congress controlled by his own party?

Brilliant!

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 5, 2012 at 2:58 AM

I’d say PBHO went “all in” with recess appts when there is no recess…

Dangerous ground here…

Khun Joe on January 5, 2012 at 3:26 AM

I’d say PBHO went “all in” with recess appts when there is no recess…

Dangerous ground here…

Khun Joe on January 5, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Yeah, and bombing Libyan tanks isn’t an act of war, either.

Anyone who doesn’t get the picture yet, probably waved at the trains as the Jews went on “holiday.”

cane_loader on January 5, 2012 at 3:36 AM

You people who post here all day should visit some other sites, and learn to use “The Google” so you don’t look so silly.

Per CRS Report RS21308:

George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, of which 99 were to full-time positions.

I look forward to myriad responses that CRS is part of the lamestream media.

benny shakar on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Actually the only thing you can look forward to is numerous posts pointing out that Bush played by the rules and made the appointments when an actual recess was in order.

BHO makes his own rules, for BHO, and not for you. Expect him to do that whether you agree or not.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 5, 2012 at 3:45 AM

I look forward to myriad responses that CRS is part of the lamestream media.

benny shakar on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

No, Einstein, the issue is NOT “recess appointments” themselves. By definition, they can only come during a “recess,” and only Congress has the authority to declare itself in recess. Obama is the first President to make a recess appointment with the Senate still in session, a clear violation of the Constitution and overstepping his authority.

Beyond that, the bill authorizing the agency contains specific language that the board can take no action and spend no money until its chairman “has been confirmed by the Senate.” Unusual language, but your guys wrote it, so they have to live with it. The board cannot be lawfully activated without confirmation, so a recess appointment in this case is moot even if the Senate were in recess.

This is an egregious usurpation of power, compounding the ignoring of statutes and exceeding authority in actions by EPA, FCC, FTC, NLRB, and DOJ we’ve already seen. Obama is intent on rule by decree, by fiat and regulation, bypassing the constitutional authority altogether. These are the actions of a dictator.

If he is reelected, it will be a disaster for the Constitution, which may not survive an emboldened despot for another four years.

Adjoran on January 5, 2012 at 4:26 AM

My take.

kingsjester on January 5, 2012 at 6:55 AM

You people who post here all day should visit some other sites, and learn to use “The Google” so you don’t look so silly.
 
Per CRS Report RS21308:
 
George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, of which 99 were to full-time positions.
 
I look forward to myriad responses that CRS is part of the lamestream media.
 
benny shakar on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

 
Please try to keep up. See Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 6:04 PM He already addressed that exact point.
 
Again, it’s hard to believe your vote counts the same as mine, especially when you post this after it’s already been introduced and discussed (“you people”), and with your continued poor grasp of “recess”.
 
God help the republic.

rogerb on January 5, 2012 at 7:16 AM

If all the Republicans will do about Obama ignoring the constitution to make his “recess appointments” is to whine and make idle threats, then what will stop Obama when he decides to nationalize your IRA or 401K to reduce the deficit?

Nomas on January 5, 2012 at 7:16 AM

You people who post here all day should visit some other sites, and learn to use “The Google” so you don’t look so silly.

benny shakar on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

I suggest you ‘google’ the U.S. Constitution, nitwit.

zoyclem on January 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

benny shakar on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

This sorry excuse for a leftist post all night, trying to deflect from the trash that is His President?

Must suck to be you, Benny, always so ashamed of your core being you have nothing left.

MNHawk on January 5, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Isn’t the Messiah’s strategy to blame the “do nothing Congress” a stark admission of his weakness as a leader?

Isn’t it his job to bring both sides together to resolve stalemates? This strategy opens the door for some pretty aggressive and pointed attacks on his incredible weaknesses…which are massive.
Honestly, its such a naive approach that it is laughable.

Secondly, why don’t the Republicans in DC grow some and start the process of impeachment…his dissing of the Constitution has happened to often, and with such wanton disregard….its time for the Republicans to get aggressive for a change. Enough is enough

LaRepublican on January 5, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Republicans LOL !

DevilsPrinciple on January 5, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Obama is a dictator wanna-be! He has made it a point lately of avoiding Washington, avoiding dealing with Congress, and forcing appointments and decisions on his own. We don’t need an El Presidente dictator wanna-be!Time to show his arse the door!

easyt65 on January 5, 2012 at 8:24 AM

At what point does this narcissistic criminal warrant an impeachment hearing?

rplat on January 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM

LaRepublican, I agree whole-heartedly. Impeachment proceedings are well overdue, and the current GOP leaders need to be replaced as well. They have no testicular fortitude! Obama routinely violates his oath of office, his promise to enforce the law, the Constitution, and the law. He dragged the US into the middle of a civil war between a dictator and Al Qaeda, the perpatrators of 9/11…without Congressional approval or a budget to do so. He violated both the Constitution and the War Powers Act and the GOP did nothing! As a result, Al Qaeda’s flag flies over Libya. While Bush took the nation to war against the peropatrators of 9/11, Obama helped them acquire their own country, which they will rule under oppressive Sharia law. Also, Libya’s vast arsenal of surface-to-air missiles and biological weapons have already started showing up in Gaza, to be used against Israel, and in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt! Obama betrayed the US and victims of 9/11 by helping al Qaeda in Libya and has made the world much less safe and violated the Constitution and War Powers Act to do so! If for this act alone, Obama should be Impeached. It ain’t about RACE – it’s about being an incompetent, corrupt (crony capitalism), dangerous, Socialist who has no respect for this nation, its Constitution, or its laws and is more danger in office than out.

easyt65 on January 5, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Potential good news…

- Gingrich and/or Santorum will use this against Obama in the general election and no amout of liberal spin could give him cover.

- Gingrich and/or Santorum will fire every single one of Obama’s appointees and abolish their departments if they are elected.

The current GOP leadership in Congress don’t have the gonades, nor the will, to defund or file a lawsuit. Only a conservative in the White House can undo Obama’s damage. God help us if he get re-elected.

cajunpatriot on January 5, 2012 at 8:34 AM

…you bloviating liberal retard?

SilverDeth on January 5, 2012 at 2:12 AM

LOL..priceless ;>

DevilsPrinciple on January 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM

At what point does this narcissistic criminal warrant an impeachment hearing? rplat on January 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM

rplat, Democrats during Clinton’s Presidency refused to vote to Impeach Bill Clinton after he perjured himself under oath, attempting to deny a US citizen of a fair trial thereby denying her of her constitutional rights, in order to save his own habitual lying, career-long sexual-preadtory practicing buttocks AND after he went out on world-wide TV, stared into the camera and lied ‘I did not have sex with that woman’. By doing so, they have set the Impeachment requirement bar to a point where Impeachment would require a President to all but kill someone in a crowded room (lots of witnesses). Clinton BROKE THE LAW, for which he was punished by having his law license to practice law stripped, and to the Party- (not US-) loyal Democrats to vote not only NOT for Impeachment but even against a ‘CENSURE’, which is nothing more than a written letter saying ‘You did something wrong and that was bad’. That this is a fact is even more evident by the CRIMES perpetrated by Obama that hasnt resulted in articles of Impeachment or his own ‘Censure’. Obama has:
1) Declared he would not fulfill his responsibility of enforcing a law passed by Congress simply because he does not agree with it.
2) Directed the DOJ to give ‘Rights’ to illegals that American Citizens don’t even have – to NOT arrest, detain, charge, sentence, or deport Illegals who commit crimes LESS than a FELONY.
3) Has overseen and protected the DOJ/Holder who has given thousands of guns to Mexican drug Cartels, perjured himself, and was exposed for having LAUNDERED Mexican Drug Cartel money for the last 3 years.
4) Has refused to enforce Immigration law, refused to protect American Citizens, and acted on behalf of Mexico against US Citizens while going after /suing states that are forced to pass and enforce their own laws in light of the federal government’s refusal to do its job. The DOJ has even caught illegals transporting over 100 lbs of pot, dropped charges against them in exchange for their (false) testimony to put Border Patrol Agents in jail instead. (Democrats also brought the President of Mexico to lecture us on the Senate floor to lecture us abbout our right tio enforce our own laws then gave him a standing ovation for doing so – good grief!)
5) Violated the US Constitution and the War Powers Act by waging a war against Libya/Qadaffi, aiding and abetting the perpetrators of 9/11 in the process (treason?).
6) Committed a WAR CRIME – Obama said repeatedly that the US was NOT ‘at war’ with Libya while ordering the dropping of thousands of pounds of bombs on Libya’s military…to include targeting Libya’s leader, Momma Qadaffi! According to UN Law, any nation’s leader that uses its military to target the leader of another nation WHILE NOT AT WAR is GUILTY OF A WAR CRIME! By Obama’s own admission, he is guilty of this crime!

What more is needed for Impeachment proceedings against this – or ANY – U.S. President INDEED?!

easyt65 on January 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Dear Leader

Dino V on January 5, 2012 at 9:17 AM

You people who post here all day should visit some other sites, and learn to use “The Google” so you don’t look so silly.

Per CRS Report RS21308:

George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, of which 99 were to full-time positions.

I look forward to myriad responses that CRS is part of the lamestream media.

benny shakar on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

….I look forward to you explaining how democrats and Obama especially whined and cried about how terrible recess appointments are…..sold everybody your “Hope and Change…we’re not going to be like Bush”…WAAAAAAAA it’s an abuse of power”….
………….then turn around and do the very same thing.

Just like war….loading up on K street…..sucking up money on Wall St…..signing statements….Gitmo,Indefinite detention,rendition,assassination teams,and NSA wiretapping…..it’s okay if a democrat does it.


Flashback:
President Obama Formerly Called Recess Appointments ‘The Wrong Thing To Do,’ And Senior Democrats Have Argued They Are An ‘Abuse Of Power, Mischievous And Troubling’

THEN-SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): Recess appointments ‘the wrong thing to do.’ “‘It’s the wrong thing to do. John Bolton is the wrong person for the job,’ said Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., a member of Foreign Relations Committee.” (“Officials: White House To Bypass Congress For Bolton Nomination,” The Associated Press, 7/30/05)

· OBAMA: A recess appointee is ‘damaged goods… we will have less credibility.’
“To some degree, he’s damaged goods… somebody who couldn’t get through a nomination in the Senate. And I think that that means that we will have less credibility…” (“Bush Sends Bolton To U.N.” The State Journal-Register [Springfield, IL], 8/2/05)

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV):
‘An end run around the Senate and the Constitution.’ “I will keep the Senate in pro forma session to block the President from doing an end run around the Senate and the Constitution with his controversial nominations.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.15980, 12/19/07)

· REID: ‘They are mischievous.’ “Also, understand this: We have had a difficult problem with the President now for some time. We don’t let him have recess appointments because they are mischievous, and unless we have an agreement before the recess, there will be no recess. We will meet every third day pro forma, as we have done during the last series of breaks.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.7558, 7/28/08)

· REID:
Recess appointments an ‘abuse of power.’ “Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) denounced the appointment as ‘the latest abuse of power by the Bush administration,’ adding that Bolton would arrive at the UN ‘with a cloud hanging over his head’ because he could not win confirmation.” (“Bush Puts Bolton In UN Post,” Chicago Tribune, 8/2/05)

· REID:
A recess appointee will have ‘a cloud hanging over his head.’ “Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) denounced the appointment as ‘the latest abuse of power by the Bush administration,’ adding that Bolton would arrive at the UN ‘with a cloud hanging over his head’ because he could not win confirmation.” (“Bush Puts Bolton In UN Post,” Chicago Tribune, 8/2/05)

SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL):
‘Troubling.’ “When you have an appointment that is this critical and this sensitive, and the president basically says he’s going to ignore the will of the senate and push someone through, it really is troubling.” (“Bush Sends Bolton To U.N.” The State Journal-Register [Springfield, IL], 8/2/05)

· DURBIN:
‘Could easily be unconstitutional.’ “I agree with Senator Kennedy that Mr. Pryor’s recess appointment, which occurred during a brief recess of Congress, could easily be unconstitutional. It was certainly confrontational. Recess appointments lack the permanence and independence contemplated by the Framers of the Constitution.” (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6253, 6/9/05)

SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA):
Recess appointments an ‘abuse [of] the power of the presidency.’ “‘It’s sad but not surprising that this White House would abuse the power of the presidency to reward a donor over the objections of the Senate,’ Kerry said in a statement …” (“Recess Appointments Granted to ‘Swift Boat’ Donor, 2 Other Nominees,” The Washington Post, 4/5/07)

…..but being a full of sh!t liberal like Benny means never having to stand by the positions you held yesterday.

If the democrats didn’t have lies and hypocrisy….they would have nothing at all.

Baxter Greene on January 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Republicans LOL !

DevilsPrinciple on January 5, 2012 at 7:58 AM


THEN-SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL):

Recess appointments ‘the wrong thing to do.’ “‘It’s the wrong thing to do. John Bolton is the wrong person for the job,’ said Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., a member of Foreign Relations Committee.”

(“Officials: White House To Bypass Congress For Bolton Nomination,” The Associated Press, 7/30/05)

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV):

‘An end run around the Senate and the Constitution.’ “I will keep the Senate in pro forma session to block the President from doing an end run around the Senate and the Constitution with his controversial nominations.

” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.15980, 12/19/07)


· REID:

Recess appointments an ‘abuse of power.’ “Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) denounced the appointment as ‘the latest abuse of power by the Bush administration,’ adding that Bolton would arrive at the UN ‘with a cloud hanging over his head’ because he could not win confirmation.” (“Bush Puts Bolton In UN Post,” Chicago Tribune, 8/2/05)


…..democrats….Lol!!!!!!

Baxter Greene on January 5, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Republicans LOL !
 
DevilsPrinciple on January 5, 2012 at 7:58 AM

 
This is probably the most disturbing post of the entire thread. The wording of the Constitution is clear, and Obama’s previous statements are clear and procedurally correct.
 
The president is violating the law and establishing new precedent in a clear electoral ploy by usurping the power of one of the co-equal branches established to keep the executive in check, but it’s Alabama vs. Auburn (or whatever your local rivalries are) for a certain percentage of voters.
 
Benny can almost be excused since he’s low-info/ability and keeps proving it. “Republicans LOL!” is something different.
 
Republicans LOL! Nation be damned as long as (R)s lose!

rogerb on January 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM

At some point, The Immaculated Øne will meet his comeuppance.
That day can’t come soon enough.
As for the FDR reference, he’s one of ChicagØbama’s heroes.
What else should one expect from an admirer of FDR and LBJ?
Oh ya, a ginned-up war that only assists the enemy.
You know what they say about “payback”.
God Save America … Please?

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM

So when does the Suprem Court take up this unconstitutional act. And will anyone appeal this to them. The Senate was trampeled on and one would think Harry Reid can barely find the words of joy in Obama doing the senates job.

nicknack60 on January 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM

There is no recess. These appointments are moot.

Akzed on January 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM

It is essential that Republican not let this controversy die. This and the Libyan adventure are two examples of Obama violating the Constitution. It’s not cute, it’s not funny – he has violated the supreme law of our land just as Nixon did and should be impeached. The liberal media outlets are trying to give him the high ground on this against the “do nothing Congress.” Even if there was such a Congress, the Constitution does not allow means to circumvent it which are illegal. Obama should be called on the carpet for these actions every day between now and election day. This is an incredibly serious matter. Do not let it die.

Incredulous1 on January 5, 2012 at 10:36 AM

You people who post here all day should visit some other sites, and learn to use “The Google” so you don’t look so silly.

Per CRS Report RS21308:

George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, of which 99 were to full-time positions.

I look forward to myriad responses that CRS is part of the lamestream media.

benny shakar on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Sorry, Kid, but I already posted that link early in this thread.

Remember, Kid, it was YOU who first used the hyperbolic language-in fact, you said Bush made “almost 200″ recess appointments. All we did was correctly revise the number down to the truth.

And we also correctly pointed out that 40% of Bush’s appointments were to part time positions. None of O’bama’s recess appointments were to part-time jobs.

But you know what your biggest problem is with this story? You have not been able to defend O’bama doing the exact same thing Bush did, so all you have left is the weak “Bush Did It Too!” meme.

What makes this “defense” such an Epic Fail on your part? Simple. O’bama campaigned on the premise that he wasn’t Bush. And that was a primary reason why he was elected.

Yet since his election, he’s kept GITMO open, kept us in Afghanistan, and even tried to continue Bush’s warrantless wiretaps. In other words, he’s another Bush.

You must be so proud of him.

G-

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 10:36 AM

somnicide on January 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I think you meant “limp d-ck”, not “lame duck”…

affenhauer on January 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Again, it’s hard to believe your vote counts the same as mine, especially when you post this after it’s already been introduced and discussed (“you people”), and with your continued poor grasp of “recess”.

God help the republic.

rogerb on January 5, 2012 at 7:16 AM

This is exactly why the chance that Obama will get reelected is frighteningly high. Many, if not most, American voters are clueless.

talkingpoints on January 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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

Wasn’t Congress, like, actually in recess or something when he did it? I think that’s how the Dems came up with the pro forma cr@p in the first place…

affenhauer on January 5, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Let’s remember the Democrats, in their own words.

h/t to Power Line

OBAMA: A recess appointee is ‘damaged goods… we will have less credibility.’ “To some degree, he’s damaged goods… somebody who couldn’t get through a nomination in the Senate. And I think that that means that we will have less credibility…” (“Bush Sends Bolton To U.N.” The State Journal-Register [Springfield, IL], 8/2/05)

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): ‘An end run around the Senate and the Constitution.’ “I will keep the Senate in pro forma session to block the President from doing an end run around the Senate and the Constitution with his controversial nominations.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.15980, 12/19/07)

· REID: ‘They are mischievous.’ “Also, understand this: We have had a difficult problem with the President now for some time. We don’t let him have recess appointments because they are mischievous, and unless we have an agreement before the recess, there will be no recess. We will meet every third day pro forma, as we have done during the last series of breaks.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.7558, 7/28/08)

REID: Recess appointments an ‘abuse of power.’ “Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) denounced the appointment as ‘the latest abuse of power by the Bush administration,’ adding that Bolton would arrive at the UN ‘with a cloud hanging over his head’ because he could not win confirmation.” (“Bush Puts Bolton In UN Post,” Chicago Tribune, 8/2/05)

· REID: A recess appointee will have ‘a cloud hanging over his head.’ “Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) denounced the appointment as ‘the latest abuse of power by the Bush administration,’ adding that Bolton would arrive at the UN ‘with a cloud hanging over his head’ because he could not win confirmation.” (“Bush Puts Bolton In UN Post,” Chicago Tribune, 8/2/05)

SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA): Recess appointments an ‘abuse [of] the power of the presidency.’ “‘It’s sad but not surprising that this White House would abuse the power of the presidency to reward a donor over the objections of the Senate,’ Kerry said in a statement …” (“Recess Appointments Granted to ‘Swift Boat’ Donor, 2 Other Nominees,” The Washington Post, 4/5/07)

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power and protects Montanans and all Americans by ensuring that crucial questions are asked of the nominee — and answered…” (“Dem Baucus Joins GOP In Blasting Obama CMS Recess Appointment,” The Hill, 7/7/10)

Looks like the Dems have been hoisted on their own retard.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I look forward to myriad responses that CRS is part of the lamestream media.

benny shakar on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Has a single leftist posting on this site addressed the fact yet that this is not a recess appointment since there is no recess? I keep seeing the “Bush did it too!” canard over and over again, yet not a single one of these “enlightened” folks will touch the fact that these are not a recess appointments.

Good to see that all the new leftists who signed up recently are interested in honest debate…

NotCoach on January 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

If Obama’s appointments are unconstitutional then I can see Republicans opposing them, but why would anyone oppose in the first instance the appointment of Cordray who seems to have a reputation for going after not just financial institution for malfeasance but the looting CEOs, which is absolutely necessary?

Could it be that Obama for once is trying to keep a promise: that of making Wall Street accountable? If so, and time will tell, I think Republicans would do well not to complain.

Chessplayer on January 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

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

Me, Myself and I

OhEssYouCowboys on January 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

THIS sums it up perfectly, and scares me to the bone.

Honest question: What recourse does Congress have to stop this? Can the House vote to stop the funding of these agencies? Are there any other tactics available?

susietwo on January 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Dear Leader is showing his true colors more and more – are the American people frogs boiling in water, or are they going to do something about it?

At the least, Call your Senator and Representative and put their feet to the fire to take action.

Blatant disregard for our laws by ANYONE = hammertime.

patriotmom1776 on January 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, of which 99 were to full-time positions.

I look forward to myriad responses that CRS is part of the lamestream media.

benny shakar on January 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

The difference is that Bush made “recess” appointments until Dingy Harry started the three-man, Senate in session manevuer. The Senate is not in recess now. Obama is just ignoring the Constitution, as he always does, and is acting like the dictator that he thinks that he is.

I don’t look forward to your socialist loving reply.

cajunpatriot on January 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Rush is spending time on this now. Says the plan is to use these appointments as precedent for appointing FHFA administrator, who will then install HARP II. “A political and economic game changer”. ‘It will not matter who the GOP candidate is, as Øbama will have successfully bought his re-election‘.

petefrt on January 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Chessplayer on January 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Apparently you missed the reality of Obama stating that recess appointments are “damaged goods” and “the wrong thing to do.”

Democrats stated that it was an “abuse of power” and “‘An end run around the Senate and the Constitution.’ …..

What would be nice is if Obama actually adhered to his “Hope and Change” rhetoric and went through with anything he actually promised while he was telling the Nation “I won’t abuse power like Bush”……

….the idea that Obama,who has pocketed more money from Wall St. than any other President….. has an administration loaded with Goldman Sachs people…..Considers Corzine his go to man .. and has record money flowing through K street is “making Wall St. accountable” is hilariously naive.

Baxter Greene on January 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

The Kos Kids at the WaPo, who opposed Bush doing this, are giddy about O’bama doing it:

For Obama to finally grow a set is a triumph of modern biology, and had he done so earlier we’d all be much better off today.

All this tells me is that Bush didn’t have the stones to challenge the shenanigans, which were just as questionable in 2007 as they are today.

More evidence that Obama is a better President.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

So, he’s going to run against a “do-nothing Congress” by thumbing his nose at the one house of Congress controlled by his own party?

Brilliant!

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 5, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Bingo. Why do you suppose so many people lack basic critical thinking skills? Like that “obstructrionist” Republican meme when the Dems had super majorities and poor Obama fighting the Philistine Republicans when he got every single bill he wanted—except for cap and tax, which he implemented without the Congress.

And why aren’t ANY of the candidates spending even a small fraction of their time reminding voters of the outrages that make your blood boil even more than the deficit? Prosecuting Navy SEALS for giving a guy who cut off the heads of five American contractors a bloody nose; and why does the White House get to use the SEALS as a publicity prop as they use top secret information like it’s a Hollywood movie (I did that, I’d go to jail); the endless corruption; stimulous as kickback; stonewalling on Fast and Furious, something that makes Watergate look like a kindergarden field day; Solindra and the list of other pay-offs; State Department pusing his book; calling us lazy; the history and statements of his czars, including the gay activist who wants to teach gay sex to your five year old; starting a war and leaving for Brazil the next day to finance THEIR off-shore drilling; treatment of Israel; comparing the constgruction of an apartment building to the Holocaust….and on and on and on. Every day for 3 years, I didn’t think anything could get worse and it did…my outrage meter just kept spiking higher and higher.

I’ll tell you WHY I want Gingrich. He UNDERSTANDS the outrages and will go after this petty little dictator with both barrels firing. Romney doesn’t appear to even understand the outrages. The prospect of another Republican nominee tip-toeing around this corrupt, lying little weasel in the name of gentlemanly reserve makes me as physically ill as Obama telling us we could negotiate with Iran.

BTW, Republican “wise” men. YOU attacked the Republican House as stupid, infantile, naive, etc. etc. when they TRIED to address process. Remember that two-month CR where Obama and the Senate went back on their “word” and left Boener holding the bag? You want them to fight but denigrate them when they do and when someone asks you who’s to “blame” you blame the tea party members who are doing exactly what they promised to do. They are the ONLY thing between us and Obama confiscating every last dollar of private ownership and wealth. He took over 60% of the American economy before the tea party sent their brick wall to the House and he’s getting away with blaming Republicans?

We need someone meaner than a barnyard dog as our nominee. Newt Gingrich looks pretty good to me. We do not need a namby pamby Kennedy wannabe with pretensions of perfection. This is survival, and we need Ulyses S. Grant not pretty boy Custer.

Portia46 on January 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM

The Kos Kids at the WaPo, who opposed Bush doing this, are giddy about O’bama doing it:

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Of course.

And what needs to be done at this point is to ask them what they intend to do when the next Republican President exercises this precedent and uses it to get around Obama Party members in Congress.

Demonstrate that these people are bigots. Demonstrate that they will justify anything an Obama Party member does and insist that anything a Republican does is wrong. Show people that their only concern for right and wrong and the rule of law is party affiliation.

This destroys Obama’s “post-partisan” lies. It shows that the Obama Party is a sick, psychotic organization that will do anything, repeat ANYTHING, to hang on to power.

northdallasthirty on January 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Obama: “I am the 4th best modern president dictator, behind Imadinnerjacket,Chavez,Kim Jong Un.”

askwhatif on January 5, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Sen. Robert J. Portman (R.-Ohio: No go with CFPB.

“The statute creating the CFPB makes clear that only Senate confirmation of a director – not a recess appointment – can activate the new powers of this agency to regulate consumer transactions with Main Street businesses”.

petefrt on January 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

0bamessiah is such a genius, emulating Hugo Chavez like this. I bet it’s going to blow up in his face even more than “the police acted stupidly” incident did.

What a disgusting human being he is (and the idiotic defenders of His latest fascistic manuever certainly aren’t much better themselves, if at all.)

Bizarro No. 1 on January 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

“We can’t wait to act to strengthen the economy and restore security for our middle class…”

Perhaps tellingly, back in the 20′s and 30′s, the fascists blatantly held liberal democracy in contempt because they claimed legislatures spent all their time arguing while the economy was in shambles. So they decided to bypass legislatures and enact by decree, a process culminating in the Nazi’s “Enabling Act.” There’s much of that in Obama’s philosophy. The fascists succeeded because they claimed they were working for the people and simply had to take dictatorial charge, a claim the public supported to an unfortunate degree. Our founding fathers understood the siren call of dictatorship and so divided powers in the Constitution. Obama and his ilk believe the Constitution is flawed and constantly seek ways to circumvent it. So far, they’re succeeding.

NNtrancer on January 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

And to think, genius lawyers like Ann Althouse voted for this guy.

WarEagle01 on January 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us.
I’ve just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council
permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept
away. — Grand Moff Tarkin

deadman on January 5, 2012 at 4:56 PM

And to think, genius lawyers like Ann Althouse voted for this guy.

WarEagle01 on January 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

She hasn’t even mentioned this story on her blog in almost 2 days now. Just stories about dead mice dissolving in cans of Mountain Dew and teenagers who are too cold to walk to school in Milwaukee taking the Easy Way Out by stealing cars.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

FNC is reporting a Congressman from Ohio is bringing suit, asserting this is an impeachable offense.

Guts. At least one person is standing up to this bully.

petefrt on January 5, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Somebody knows his time is short.

Sterling Holobyte on January 6, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Congress only pretends to be outraged by the Presidents actions. Constitution? Pfffffffffffffffffffffft, they don’t need no stinking outdated racist, homophobic, bigotted piece of a document. A politician’s only purpose in life is to spend our money and get re-elected; All else is BS! Aint 15 godzillion dollars in the hole and counting proof enough?

racquetballer on January 6, 2012 at 6:38 AM

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