Noted fan of using pro forma Senate sessions to block recess appointments suddenly not such a fan

posted at 7:05 pm on January 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

No separation of powers when there’s an election that needs to be won, I’m afraid. Serious question: Doesn’t Reid, as majority leader, have some control over whether any pro forma sessions are called in the first place? If so, why didn’t he simply refuse to let any be called? That would have strengthened Obama’s argument that the Senate’s in a true recess, not merely some sort of de facto recess where pro forma sessions don’t really count. (Strengthened but not necessarily vindicated, that is.)

Am I wrong about him needing to consent to a pro forma session or does Reid actually want to force this argument by letting those sessions happen, knowing that Obama’s going to attempt a recess appointment anyway?

“I support President Obama’s decision,” he said in a statement…

On the other side of the argument at that time was Reid, who began holding pro forma sessions in 2007 to block Bush nominees.

“I had to keep the Senate in pro-forma session to block the Bradbury appointment. That necessarily meant no recess appointments could be made,” he said on the Senate floor in 2008, as Democrats blocked a potential recess appointment of Steven Bradbury to be the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in the Bush administration. Bradbury is one of the attorneys cited by the Obama White House in justifying the Cordray move…

“Republicans have been trying to make an end run around the law by denying this watchdog a leader,” Reid said [today]. “Despite admitting that President Obama’s nominee, Richard Cordray, is qualified for the job, Republicans denied him an up-or-down vote in an effort to substantially weaken the agency.”

In other words, according to Reid, recess appointments can be blocked by a pro forma session when Congress objects to the appointee personally, but when they object to the appointee only because they object to his agency, that’s undue obstructionism that somehow changes the entire constitutional scheme. That is to say, even though the procedures are exactly the same in both cases, it’s the motivation articulated by the appointee’s opponents in Congress that decides the constitutional question. If you believe that, then you also believe that had the GOP said, “The consumer board’s fine, we just don’t like Cordray,” Reid would be denouncing Obama’s power grab too. Ahem. And by the way, where does this standard leave Reid with respect to the three NLRB appointees?

Here’s a theory for you. Maybe Obama and Reid are deliberately pushing the legal envelope on recess appointments because they want to provoke the GOP into some sort of backlash. Maybe?

But in concluding he had broad authority to install his appointments, Obama risks seeing other nominees bottled by Senate Republicans who were privately vowing to retaliate against what they believe is a brazen power grab by the Obama administration. And if Republicans regain control of the Senate in the 2012 elections, it may be even harder for the president to win confirmation of controversial nominees if Obama wins a second term.

“What the president did today sets a terrible precedent that could allow any future president to completely cut the Senate out of the confirmation process, appointing his nominees immediately after sending their names up to Congress,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.

The gridlock was already bad in the Senate, but Obama’s moves could lead to a nuclear winter in a chamber where one senator could decide to bottle up virtually any presidential nomination any time in the future.

He’d love to see Senate Republicans bottle up his other appointees, though. That’s his whole re-election strategy — the “do-nothing Congress,” thwarting him at every turn. The more high-profile fights he can pick with the GOP in the upper chamber, the more it helps him redefine Congress as the “Republican Congress” even though Democrats control half of it. The only “surprise” here, supposedly, is that he’d stoop to something this cynical and constitutionally dubious to try to demagogue the other party to his own electoral advantage. Anyone surprised?

Anyway, the court battle is coming. That doesn’t mean a court will end up ruling — it might be dismissed as a “political question,” remember — but someone will sue, and soon. Exit question: Which Democrat issued this Reid-like bit of political cover for The One?

“I support President Obama’s appointment today of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB,” [the senator] said in a statement. “I believe he is the right person to lead the agency and help protect consumers from fraud and scams.”

“While I would have strongly preferred that it go through the normal confirmation process, unfortunately the system is completely broken,” [the senator] added. “If we’re going to make progress as a nation, both parties in Washington need to work together to end the procedural gridlock and hyper-partisanship.”

Surprise!


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Hypocrites. All Liberals.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 7:08 PM

PuffHo link for Scott Brown article? Allah, you’re better than that.

Reid’s hypocrisy is infuriating but not surprising. Too bad MSM coverage is “Obama makes recess appointments, end run around GOP.”

DavidW on January 4, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Boehner should just not reconvene the House. Let’s have this showdown. Shutdown the effing gubmint.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Allah, listening to Mark Levin. The Senate is supposed to get permission of the House to go into official recess for longer than 3 days. The House has refused, thus they are doing these gimmick gavel sessions, to keep the Senate in session.

Levin knows more about the constitution than our constitution professor in chief and Levin is apoplectic over this power grab by Obama.

karenhasfreedom on January 4, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Laws of men do not apply to Dear Leader and his minions…

d1carter on January 4, 2012 at 7:12 PM

As noted on the other thread, one chamber of Congress cannot recess for more than three days without the other chamber’s consent. And Boehner has been holding pro forma sessions, and denying senate this consent.

Wethal on January 4, 2012 at 7:12 PM

“I support President Obama’s decision,” he said in a statement…

I’m surprised he could make a statement while under Obama’s desk…

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 7:13 PM

dingy Harrah’ stinks to high heaven like a filthy unwashed tourist from flyover country. Please, NV, send his gray ass back to his pomegranate trees…

OmahaConservative on January 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM

They told me if I voted for John McCain, the White House would make illegal power grabs to avoid Congressional oversight, and they were right!

DavidW on January 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Want to bet Scott Brown suggests the senate GOP and Dems be “seat buddies” and sit together for SOTU?

And the senate GOP will bend over and do it, too, to look “bipartisan”?

Wethal on January 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Hypocrites. All Liberals.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 7:08 PM

They aren’t hypocrites, or at least not intentionally. This is their greatest flaw and why lefty governments always end up killing millions. They think they are doing the good work, and if you have to break a few rules, then oh well. It’s for the greater good. What that means in the real world is that you can get a liberal to do just about anything as long as you can come up with a suitable justification(cover story).

DFCtomm on January 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM

To think people once briefly talked about Scott Brown for president in 2012. He’s sounding pretty desperate – sounds like the Beardless Marxist is probably going to win his seat. Oh well…at least he put an end to the Obamacare public option.

The Count on January 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Serious question: Doesn’t Reid, as majority leader, have some control over whether any pro forma sessions are called in the first place?

Article I, Section 5 of the US Constitution:

Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

The Senate did this to Bush. Now the House has been holding them.

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/01/04/congress-in-recess/

INC on January 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM

“I only like guns when I’m pointing them at others.”

-Harry Reid

portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Levin is apoplectic
karenhasfreedom on January 4, 2012 at 7:11 PM

But when is he not?

Dead Hand Control on January 4, 2012 at 7:17 PM

oh, we’re sooooo scared…

Here’s a theory for you. Maybe Obama and Reid are deliberately pushing the legal envelope on recess appointments because they want to provoke the GOP into some sort of backlash.

That’s apparently the answer for everything, oh beware the backlash, cause the lash never tilts left.
whatever, bring it on, fight it, show some stones.

joeindc44 on January 4, 2012 at 7:17 PM

This is another way the Founders were teaching us to love the gridlock.

Unfortunately, one party uses and breaks the law as it sees fit, while the other one has appeasement as it’s middle name.

INC on January 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Recess appointments are never made for their intended purpose. It’s always a way to evade the senate, and pro-forma is a BS counter-measure to a BS maneuver. If anything we should be doing away with recess appointments altogether.

bernverdnardo1 on January 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Scott Brown, just pop a D next to your name and get it over with…geez

cmsinaz on January 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

karenhasfreedom on January 4, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Hey darlin’ how are you?

OmahaConservative on January 4, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Barack. Hussein. Obama.

There was your first clue.

Some of us saw this coming and feared for our future. Others saw this coming and felt their many years of guilt were finally put to rest.

The utter insanity of it all.

fogw on January 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Wondering how Reid sleeps at night having sold the Senate’s power and the country down the river to appease a mad power monger in the WH.

jeanie on January 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Harry has fully given in to the “darkside” and Emperor bo will soon destroy him. The divisions bo has created are now destroying DC. We are now a lawless nation.

tim c on January 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

The hypocrisy here is amazing. Obama and Reid attacked Bush for the very same thing they are doing right now. This is why the approval rating of Congress is so low.

SoulGlo on January 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

This is a sweet irony. Republicans played no quarter politics, refused even the most modest compromise and when Obama …finally…responds in kind, they cry like little girls.

I am personally happy to have the Republicans spend the next eleven months fighting on behalf of pay-day lenders, 30-page 8-poit-type credit card agreements, usurious bank fees and the currupt lenders who put millions of people into houses they couldn’t afford.

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

lsm just giddy about all of this….

no problems with this at all….

cmsinaz on January 4, 2012 at 7:22 PM

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

delusional…dear leader never wanted to compromise in the first place….

I won started all of this followed by not seeing the gop leader for almost 2 years…

get over yourself

cmsinaz on January 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

This has become ridiculous.

The liberals are running over the US Constitution … no regard.

The RINO’s on the hill have no backbone.

ORrighty on January 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Hey he’s the best we can do from Massachusetts /s.

HerneTheHunter on January 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Debbie?? Is that you?

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

delusional…dear leader never wanted to compromise in the first place….

I won started all of this followed by not seeing the gop leader for almost 2 years…

get over yourself

cmsinaz on January 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

The GOP leader who annoounced that his highest priority was not fixing the economy (or health care or the wars) but defeating Obama? Or the leader that can’t even deliver his own caucus?

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

This is a sweet irony. Republicans played no quarter politics, refused even the most modest compromise and when Obama …finally…responds in kind, they cry like little girls.

There’s your problem! What part of the GOP’s “no quarter politics” included an extra-Constitutional power grab for their branch. Or do you like your apples with oranges?

Weight of Glory on January 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

The GOP leader who annoounced that his highest priority was not fixing the economy (or health care or the wars) but defeating Obama? Or the leader that can’t even deliver his own caucus?

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Defeating Obama will fix all of those problems.

Don’t treat the cancer. Remove it.

portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Regardless of what Obama and the Obamakins think, I believe the majority of the citizenry of this country is tired of the “poor me” administration. Especially with the “poor me” Occupy nonsense we witnessed in the fall. Yes, Congress/Senate approval is way down, but it has nothing to do with Obama and his “do nothing congress” bullcrap. It’s down because we don’t trust/respect ANY of them. So if he thinks he can suck some juice out of the whole “no one will cooperate with me” meme, I think he is in for a rude awakening.

waterytart on January 4, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Reid’s hypocrisy is infuriating but not surprising. Too bad MSM coverage is “Obama makes recess appointments, end run around GOP.”

DavidW on January 4, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Media coverage on this issue has been terrible, including Shep Smith on Fox. What makes this noteworthy is Obama’s in-your-face disregard of the Constitution and established precedent. Congress is *not* in recess. IIRC, it was Harry Reid who began using “pro forma” sessions to block GWB appointments.

Number34 on January 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Exit question: Which Democrat issued this Reid-like bit of political cover for The One?

AP, you trickster. I saw “Democrat”, and immediately I was certain it would be John McCain.

SlaveDog on January 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

The GOP leader who annoounced that his highest priority was not fixing the economy (or health care or the wars) but defeating Obama? Or the leader that can’t even deliver his own caucus?
urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

If Obama is part and parcel of our failing economic policies, which has failed even by Obama’s own admission, then defeating Obama is part of the solution for America. How is that difficult for you to understand?

Weight of Glory on January 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Hypocrites. All Liberals.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 7:08 PM

We have plenty on our side.

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Define compromise.

I suspect your definition is:


com·pro·mise   [kom-pruh-mahyz] Show IPA noun, verb, -mised, -mis·ing.
noun

a settlement of differences by mutual concessions in which the Republicans receive no substantive concessions while the Democrats obtain everything requested.

CW on January 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM

This is the slow walk towards dictatorship. The expanding executive power is very concerning to me, yet no one else seems to really care. And here we are about to elect Romney or Santorum, two republicans who would do nothing to limit executive power and would most likely do everything they could to expand it.

thphilli on January 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Debbie?? Is that you?

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

BINGO … gotta love it!

cmsinaz – the one word that describes it best – delusional

ORrighty on January 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

You’re a childish excuse maker.

CW on January 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

This administration is out of control. Congress must stop it, and the States must stand up to it.

Weight of Glory on January 4, 2012 at 7:32 PM

yeah, and so what? Let’s say we mean GOP were mean, that means the constitution is over? Hey, maybe we think that your idiot president is causing these problems and we’re doing our best to stop his policies. see e.g., nov. 2010 elections. you lost…you didn’t lose enough but you still got your butt kicked. elections have consequences.

joeindc44 on January 4, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Debbie?? Is that you?

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Heh! LOL, thanks Baca, the name “urban elitist” says it all does it not? What the city snobs get SO wrong, is their idea that those of us in “flyover country” are rubes. There’s a reason they call the University of Michigan the Harvard of the midwest. And I’m not trying to be a snob at all, just point up the fact that the elites have no idea how educated and worldwise we are out here. We may not all speak French, but we don’t speak “Austrian” either……………..

waterytart on January 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

This is the slow walk towards dictatorship. The expanding executive power is very concerning to me, yet no one else seems to really care. And here we are about to elect Romney or Santorum, two republicans who would do nothing to limit executive power and would most likely do everything they could to expand it.

thphilli on January 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

That’s the trick to this game. The GOP will fret about this, but once they regain the presidency they’ll do the same thing. Once a branch erodes the limits of the constitution neither side relinquishes the power.

DFCtomm on January 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Harry Reid – hypocrite. I hope that when given the chance, a future Republican president does the same thing – and then watch the liberals howl in feigned indignation.

GarandFan on January 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

that is what EVERY leader says every 4 years….

cmsinaz on January 4, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Another but what if Bush moment….

I can hear it now: King George, Dictator, Nazi….and on and on.

CW on January 4, 2012 at 7:37 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 7:38 PM

Congress is *not* in recess. IIRC, it was Harry Reid who began using “pro forma” sessions to block GWB appointments.
Number34 on January 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

You do remember correctly! The GOP is only following the precedent set by Harry Reid when the Dems took over Congress at the start of 2007. Except the power-mad Bushitler…accepted defeat and didn’t make any recesappointments then, unlike our current Philosopher-King Constitutional Scholar (TM).

If it were a Republican doing this, you can bet the headlines would be “Pres attempts to illegally make recent appointments without an actual recess.”

DavidW on January 4, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Shocking!

(not)

Tim_CA on January 4, 2012 at 7:38 PM

urban = growfins

cmsinaz on January 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

GarandFan on January 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I absolutely do not want a R President to do this.

What I’d like to see is the Rs put some backbone into enforcing the law and the Constitution instead of letting the Dems bully them and the country.

INC on January 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

We’re just pawns on their board game.

Kissmygrits on January 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

The GOP is only following the precedent set by Harry Reid when the Dems took over Congress at the start of 2007. Except the power-mad Bushitler…accepted defeat and didn’t make any recesappointments then, unlike our current Philosopher-King Constitutional Scholar (TM).

yeah, I remember that this was the thing. I swear, the left is just sprinting towards defeat this year, trying to do as much damage as they can, they’re just conceding defeat.

joeindc44 on January 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

GarandFan on January 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

And watch us howl back. I am one of the “sleeping giant” folks. Have always watched politics (and voted of course), but never gotten really involved. The simple fact that this old dame is now commenting on multiple conservative sites and getting involved, means that there are 1000′s more like me that are just not ready to take the plunge so I have more hope for us than ever.

waterytart on January 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

cmsinaz on January 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I wondered about this, I’ve been reading here for years and just got registered, and some of these arguments just look like reruns.

waterytart on January 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

From The Tatler at PJM:

Obama’s attempt today to “recess appoint” Richard Cordray while the Senate is not in recess is an unprecedented abuse of presidential power.

It also flies in the face of the legal analysis of an adviser he respected so much that he elevated her to the Supreme Court.

Elena Kagan wrote to the Supreme Court on April 26, 2010:

Although a President may fill such vacancies through the use of his recess appointment power … the Senate may act to foreclose this option by declining to recess for more than two or three days at a time over a lengthy period. For example, the Senate did not recess intrasession for more than three days at a time for over a year beginning in late 2007.

So Obama throws out his own Solicitor General’s opinion if he doesn’t like it.

INC on January 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Elitest….that Obama sure is perfect./

White House: President Obama complains a lot about “partisan gridlock” and “obstruction” in Congress. But even Democrats say he won’t get down in the trenches to bridge differences.

Pouting over the collapse of his second spending stimulus (aka “the jobs bill”), Obama said, “It would be nice if we could get a little bit of help from Capitol Hill.”

He complained to a Colorado news station that he needs lawmakers to act “if we’re going to do big things.”

…………

And that’s in the rare instance the president tries to phone Democratic lawmakers. Unlike Clinton, Obama has little appetite for reaching out to them……………

….”If he would call and say, ‘Joe, how in West Virginia did y’all have six straight years, through the toughest recession, of record surpluses?How’d you do it?’” Manchin said this week on MSNBC.

The senator says Obama ignored him and his advice, as well as that of the Simpson-Bowles Commission that the president impaneled.

“I haven’t had interaction with him,” Manchin said, adding that “it’s not the leadership I’m used to.”….

http://news.investors.com/Article/595125/201112161854/obama-avoids-personal-contact-democrat-lawmakers.htm

CW on January 4, 2012 at 7:49 PM

The GOP leader who annoounced that his highest priority was not fixing the economy (or health care or the wars) but defeating Obama?

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Link please.

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM

In other words, according to Reid, recess appointments can be blocked by a pro forma session when Congress objects to the appointee personally, but when they object to the appointee only because they object to his agency, that’s undue obstructionism that somehow changes the entire constitutional scheme.

Translation: Harry Reid is a $%^&*@#$ hypocrite, a.k.a. a typical democrat.

Flora Duh on January 4, 2012 at 7:53 PM

That’s a rather shocking admission from Harry Reid that he’s utterly incompetent at his job. I mean, really. Does this guy think before he speaks?

Murf76 on January 4, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Is it true that the RNC requires all males seeking political office as a Republican to prove that they have been castrated?

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 7:56 PM

waterytart on January 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

yup

cmsinaz on January 4, 2012 at 7:56 PM

The GOP leader who annoounced that his highest priority was not fixing the economy (or health care or the wars) but defeating Obama?

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Link please.

why? who cares? so what if it’s true? Obama still has to follow the law.

joeindc44 on January 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM

and the writer of that gem might be a troll-baiter…pretending to be a lib to make fun of libs by writing idiotic statements.

joeindc44 on January 4, 2012 at 8:01 PM

joeindc44 on January 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I care.

He/she/it is a flame-throwing a$$wipe who makes specious comments regularly. I’m calling it out for proof.

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 8:04 PM

…the currupt lenders who put millions of people into houses they couldn’t afford.

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Sorry, you’re an “elitist” only in your own befuddled mind. No lender “put” anyone into a house they couldn’t afford. Yes, lots of folks ended up in that situation, but THEY initiated the transaction, not the lender. If you don’t understand the role that government – mostly liberals in government – played in “putting” folks into houses they couldn’t afford, then you are simply not capable of understanding much of anything – certainly not the concept of personal responsibility.

climbnjump on January 4, 2012 at 8:05 PM

From the Zsa Zsa Blog, circa 2007:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/11/15/reid-making-plans-to-bloc_n_72830.html

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Scott Brown voted for the Dodd-Frank Act. It would have been pretty hypocritical of him to oppose Cordray’s appointment.

rockmom on January 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM

This is a sweet irony. Republicans played no quarter politics, refused even the most modest compromise and when Obama …finally…responds in kind, they cry like little girls.

I am personally happy to have the Republicans spend the next eleven months fighting on behalf of pay-day lenders, 30-page 8-poit-type credit card agreements, usurious bank fees and the currupt lenders who put millions of people into houses they couldn’t afford.

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

And the Third Shift checks in a few hours early…

Have to Fix one of your “sentences” though:

and the currupt lenders Democrats who threatened lenders, unless they caved and put millions of people into houses they couldn’t afford.

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 8:09 PM

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Link please.

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Good Luck with that.

Del Dolemonte on January 4, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Wondering how Reid sleeps at night having sold the Senate’s power and the country down the river to appease a mad power monger in the WH.

jeanie on January 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Oh, I kind of doubt it keeps him up. After all “…when Congress refuses to act in a way that hurts our economy and puts people at risk…”, the guy is just going to have to do what he has to do. lolol

Murf76 on January 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Democrats play to win and they play for keeps while the Republicans play to please the NYT and WaPo.

And then the Republicans can’t understand why Conservatives aren’t happy about voting for their guy that will simply go along and get along with the Democrats.

RJL on January 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Mr. Obama has set the bar for the next Republican President. It’s a fair bar — if the Senate is out of session for even an hour, it’s appointments time!

unclesmrgol on January 4, 2012 at 8:21 PM

These are the kinds of articles that get me so spun up, that I dare not type what I really think. Lest the ban hammer or Secret Service intervention.

BierManVA on January 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM

…the currupt lenders who put millions of people into houses they couldn’t afford.

urban elitist on January 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

“Currupt? Currupt?” Really? Urban elitist? WTF? I thought you were all so much smarter and wordly than the rest of us! Do you really not know how to spell this word? Or are you just too smart to use spell check? Forgive me for splitting a gut over this one you maroon. Currupt. No shit. I’m sure though, instead of admitting your error you’ll just sue Webster to get it changed……..GOT to be an infringement of your rights to stupidity, right?

waterytart on January 4, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Fix it for them, then, Congress. Do not allow them any budget for the appointees, including salary.

Tennman on January 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to fight back and work at the state Evelyn to seize back their usurped power and neuter the federal government. We must reinstitute federalism befor Obama and his party reduce us all to slaves.

This is a manifestation f the Cloward-Piven strategy whereby he is seeking to overwhelm his enemies, the GOP, to move his agenda forward.

How the heck will the GOP be able to undo all of this at the federal level? I don’t think they will be able to. Even if the GOP wins the presidency and gains control of the Senate, there is no way they will get 60 votes so the socialists who remain in the upper chamber will filibuster day in and day out to stop the GOP from undoing the damage Teh One has caused. We are paying the price for GOP cowardice and timidity.

Personally I say the HE double hockeysticks to the federal government, elect overwhelming conservative majorities in Red states and start ignoring the diktats of the federal government when it is clear that their legislation and other acts are unconstitutional.

IMO our only salvation is to turn to the states.

Using Obamacare as an example, if the 26 states suing over it were to simply say that since the constitution doesn’t give the Feds the power to implement the system that they will instead simply ignore it and prevent its implementation within their borders then O-care would collapse.

If the SCOTUS upholds what is clearly constitutional do we then meekly submit to our further enslavement?

When will we have had enough?

Charlemagne on January 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Which Democrat issued this Reid-like bit of political cover for The One?

I see what you did there. It just goes to show that you can’t trust a Republican from Massachusetts. Wait, what? Mitt who?

melchitt on January 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Harry Reid is simply a traitor to the country. I don’t say that lightly. Declaring the Iraq war lost while we had men in the field, spending us into a debt that can’t get repaid and now violating his oath by violating the constitution.
Harry Reid is a true traitor to the USA.

V7_Sport on January 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Noted fan of using pro forma Senate sessions to block recess appointments suddenly not such a fan

The “For it, Before against it” card is standard issue to all Democrats.

rukiddingme on January 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I am not surprised. What’s Reid going to do? Disagree with Obama in an election year?

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 4, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Harry Reid once more demonstrates he stands for nothing, has no values, and is committed to but one thing; that which is good for Harry Reid. I drove 400 miles to vote against him in his last Senate election and would do it again if given the opportunity. Sadly, he resides in a state where not enough people have any values and who are interested only in themselves. If you have taken a close look at the Nevada economy all that standing for nothing clearly shows on every street corner and reverberates in every neighborhood.

Windsweeping on January 4, 2012 at 9:44 PM

“I support President Obama’s decision,” he said in a statement…
I’m surprised he could make a statement while under Obama’s desk…

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I was going to add to that…but I don’t want the banhammer!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2012 at 10:26 PM

About Scott Brown’s totally moronic ideas about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the recess appointment of Richard Cordray:

I still believe in a rational moderate Republicanism, and I remain deeply committed to it. I admit that Scott Brown’s blindness about how much the socialist idiocy of the CFPB will hurt the economy is deeply embarrassing to my viewpoint. Yet, Scott Brown is just one politician who apparently knows nothing of economics. He is not a refutation of being moderate.

thuja on January 4, 2012 at 10:30 PM

The only “surprise” here, supposedly, is that he’d stoop to something this cynical and constitutionally dubious to try to demagogue the other party to his own electoral advantage. Anyone surprised?

The Indonesian culture Obama was raised in has no loyalty to U.S. law and customs. As usual this surprises only self proclaimed “intellectual” liberals.

scotash on January 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM

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 11:46 PM

Gotta say, I’m blown away by Scott Brown. Yeah, moderate, voted for the [take away all access to-]credit act, whatever. But really? The guy who sucked in Tea-Party cash to crush Obama’s overreach?

Honestly, his statement surprises me more than the appointment itself. We know Obama is a dictatorial Marixist. I didn’t know that Brown was A-OK with that.

ChicagoJewishGuy on January 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

What I’d like to see is the Rs put some backbone into enforcing the law and the Constitution instead of letting the Dems bully them and the country.

INC on January 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

That might happen when h*ll freezes over.

chemman on January 5, 2012 at 12:30 AM

I don’t normally use language this strong, but I hate Harry Reid…just absolutely HATE him. Lying, cheating, GD hypocrite.

WTF is WRONG with you, Nevada???

sage0925 on January 5, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Granted, Sharron Angle was no prize, but just DAMN!

sage0925 on January 5, 2012 at 3:29 AM

Every time I see the face of Harry Reid, one word comes to mind:
Smarmy.
That also describes his arrogant “leadership” in the Senate.
The Dems don’t realize it, but they’ve about run out of toes to shoot off.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 5, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Leader McConnell/Speaker Boehner/Republicans Legislators generally: With these “recess appointments” the President has slapped you across your collective faces with a large glove. Will you finally stand and fight? To paraphrase, “Have you at last, sirs, no honor?”

bushhog on January 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM

So when we get a Republican president in 2013 he can make recess appointments whenever he wants too. How cool is that!

Dasher on January 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I am not a Constitutional scholar, but my understanding is that Recess Appointments only last a year, until the Congress recesses again. President Obama and the Democratic Senate has allowed several of his appointee to remain in office by NOT having a recess. That is why Reid has been calling the Senate in session every 3 days for 30 seconds.

If Obama believes that the Congress is in Recess, then those other recess appointments should now be over.

barnone on January 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Obamba is a fraud. Knew it from the start. If the rep. don’t act to stop this, they are just as guilty as obamba. This monkey is dangerous and must be removed.

rjulio on January 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

WHICH PARTY IS GOING TO START IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURES

tomyj1 on January 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

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