Quotes of the day

posted at 10:30 pm on January 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

“Article I, Section 5, of the Constitution states that neither house of Congress may adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other house. The House of Representatives did not consent to a Senate recess of more than three days at the end of last year, and so the Senate, consistent with the requirements of the Constitution, must have some sort of session every few days.

“The president and anyone else may object that the Senate is conducting ‘pro forma’ sessions, but that does not render them constitutionally meaningless, as some have argued. In fact, the Senate did pass a bill during a supposedly ‘pro forma’ session on Dec. 23, a matter the White House took notice of since the president signed the bill into law. The president cannot pick and choose when he deems a Senate session to be ‘real.’

“It does not matter one whit that most members of Congress are out of town and allow business to be conducted by their agents under unanimous consent procedures, because ending a session of Congress requires the passage of a formal resolution, which never occurred and could not have occurred without the consent of the House…

“President Obama’s flagrant violation of the Constitution not only will damage relations with Congress for years to come but will ultimately weaken the office of the presidency.”

***

“A prudent President would have sought the advice of the Attorney General on whether the so-called recess appointments were within the President’s constitutional power. But, when asked in a White House Press Briefing on January 5, 2012, whether the Department of Justice had provided a legal opinion to the President in advance of the recess appointments, the President’s press secretary would not say. Even if the White House is going to take the position that it will not release the contents of a legal opinion rendered by the Department of Justice on the ground that the contents are legally privileged from disclosure, it is odd that the White House would refuse to confirm or deny whether such a Department of Justice legal opinion even exists.

“It is reasonable that people are asking the White House whether a Department of Justice legal opinion was issued before the President made the purported recess appointments. The question of the existence or not of such a legal memo has a bearing on the judgment of the President. If such a Department of Justice memo exists, then at least the country knows that the President demonstrated at least some measure of prudence and thought in testing the outer limits of the Constitution by seeking in advance legal advice from the country’s chief legal officer.”

***

“Two of those given recess appointments — Sharon Block and Richard Griffin — were only nominated to the NLRB on December 15, just before the Senate went into its ‘pro forma’ session during which no business was to be conducted. Yet even had the Senate been conducting business over the holidays, neither Block nor Griffin could have been confirmed. As the Heritage blog reports, the Senate’s Health, Education, and Labor Committee had yet to receive the relevant paperwork and background materials on these two nominees — materials that are typically required, in addition to a background check, for Senate consideration. (The third nominee to receive a recess appointment to the NLRB was Republican Terry Flynn who had been nominated last January.)

“It is certainly possible — perhaps even likely — that Senate Republicans would have opposed confirmation of Block or Griffin, but we’ll never know. The two were given recess appointments before they could be considered, let alone opposed. In this regard, the Griffin and Block appointments were something of a preemptive strike.”

***

Only one Senate Democrat, out of 51 asked, told The Daily Caller that President Barack Obama was correct when he claimed the Senate was in recess Jan. 3. That’s the day Obama announced that he had exercised his executive authority to fill four top posts during a Senate recess…

“Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said be believed the Senate was in a recess when Obama made the controversial appointments, according to a statement from his office…

“Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown also endorsed Obama’s decision. He’s in a tight race with liberal heroine Elizabeth Warren.”

***

“Congress has five options to respond to this power grab by the executive branch of the federal government:

“1. Filibuster all nominations and deny unanimous consent to the waiver of any rule with regard to nominations until these four unconstitutional appointments are rescinded

“2. Condition passage of all must-pass legislation on the rescission of these unconstitutional appointments

“3. Conduct vigorous oversight to demand the production of witnesses and documents supporting the president’s legal theory justifying this unprecedented power grab

“4. Make major cuts in funding of the NLRB and the Department of the Treasury where the CFPB was placed by its authorizing statute

“5. Pursue legal remedies to get those unconstitutionally appointed officials out of office.”

***

“David Plouffe, one of Mr. Obama’s senior political advisers, has argued in meetings at the White House that Republicans will overreach in their efforts to oppose the president’s initiatives. And administration officials believe that is what House conservatives did in the case of the payroll tax cut, with the Tea Party wing of House Republicans initially balking at a compromise deal that Senate Republicans had signed on to and sparking a backlash in the public. The refusal of Senate Republicans to allow many of Mr. Obama’s nominees to be confirmed, White House officials believe, could also end up hurting the Republicans, if it feeds the notion that they are standing in the way of the business of government.

“‘It is a matter of fact that the contenders for the Republican nomination have all endorsed and adopted the position espoused by the House Republicans’ in the recess appointment battle, a senior administration official said on Thursday. And that, administration officials have concluded, puts Mr. Obama at an advantage as he seeks to establish a narrative this year of him as the defender of middle-class Americans and the Republicans in Congress of the rich.

“So in the next few weeks, there will be more executive initiatives that will portray the president as refusing to wait on a hostile Congress to take action to help Americans, officials say.

“And there could be more recess appointments, if not in the coming days, then next month, when Congress is expected to recess over the Washington’s Birthday Day holiday.”

***

“President Obama’s executive power-grab this week — making four ‘recess’ appointments when the Senate isn’t in recess — is a mark not of his strength, but of his relative weakness. He is asserting an authority he does not possess through the Constitution because he has precious little personal authority left to assert.

“He had it and he lost it, and he can’t figure out how to get it back — so he’s just going to take it…

“Maybe it’s the best hand Obama has to play, but it’s not a very good hand. For one thing, the voters who have turned on him don’t think he has exercised too little power, but rather too much — so bragging about doing things without congressional sanction may not play well.

“Second, no matter how resolute he sounds, the fact that he has to act in a somewhat rogue manner is an expression of a profound loss of presidential authority — and one that he can’t successfully blame on Congress.”

***

“Two days after defying Republicans and appointing Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, President Obama visited the new agency to take a little time to gloat.

“Making a victory lap of sorts at the independent agency, Obama cracked a joke, telling employees that he came by to help their new director move in…

“Obama was welcomed by an extremely supportive crowd of bureau employees who loudly cheered his arrival and were especially boisterous when Cordray introduced himself as the official director of the agency. A lottery was held Thursday night to dole out seats to employees who wanted to attend the event.”



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“President Obama’s flagrant violation of the Constitution not only will damage relations with Congress for years to come but will ultimately weaken the office of the presidency.”

Well said Allah. I agree with you on this one.

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Scottie – We love you /

antisocial on January 6, 2012 at 10:35 PM

“Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown also endorsed Obama’s decision. He’s in a tight race with liberal heroine Elizabeth Warren.”

Politics over principle, Scotty, protect your job at all costs you pandering douchebag.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

We’ve all fallen down the rabbit hole!

SaysWho on January 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Everyone should watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zGDisyWkIBM

thphilli on January 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

4. Make major cuts in funding of the NLRB and the Department of the Treasury where the CFPB was placed by its authorizing statute

GUT IT

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

“Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown also endorsed Obama’s decision. He’s in a tight race with liberal heroine Elizabeth Warren.”

Scott Brown: Senate clown.

Burke on January 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

“A prudent President would have sought the advice of the Attorney General”

A prudent President would not have Eric Holder as Attorney General.

malclave on January 6, 2012 at 10:41 PM

and to think i sent that scott brown 25 bucks. if he ever makes an appearance in my area i will be demanding it back. traitor.

sbvft contributor on January 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

So are we sure this has never happened before?

residentblue on January 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

King George could do anything he wanted, surely the first black POTUS can too.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Why did Obama appoint Kenneth the Page to the CFPB? Was Jack Donaghy not available?

Robert_Paulson on January 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

“It does not matter one whit that most members of Congress are out of town and allow business to be conducted by their agents under unanimous consent procedures, because ending a session of Congress requires the passage of a formal resolution, which never occurred and could not have occurred without the consent of the House…

BAM!

RAGIN CAJUN on January 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM

“Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown also endorsed Obama’s decision. He’s in a tight race with liberal heroine Elizabeth Warren.”

LOL and then you all wonder why I wont pull the lever for Mittens… REALLY?

Case in point in above quote.

watertown on January 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM

“Congress has five options to respond to this power grab by the executive branch of the federal government:

“1. Filibuster all nominations and deny unanimous consent to the waiver of any rule with regard to nominations until these four unconstitutional appointments are rescinded

“2. Condition passage of all must-pass legislation on the rescission of these unconstitutional appointments

“3. Conduct vigorous oversight to demand the production of witnesses and documents supporting the president’s legal theory justifying this unprecedented power grab

“4. Make major cuts in funding of the NLRB and the Department of the Treasury where the CFPB was placed by its authorizing statute

“5. Pursue legal remedies to get those unconstitutionally appointed officials out of office.”

All of the above.

Burke on January 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM

you really think holder would tell dear leader no…

cmsinaz on January 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM

And that, administration officials have concluded, puts Mr. Obama at an advantage as he seeks to establish a narrative this year of him as the defender of middle-class Americans and the Republicans in Congress of the rich.

Forgot the word King…NYTimes.
But I guess the Nov 2010 election was a fluke.

Electrongod on January 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM

The Republicans provoked a fight. Now they have one. 200 nominees backlogged, dozens of judges on hold, three years of putting politics over even the most basic sort of principles.

Obama really had no choice. Clearly, the Republicans in the Senate were out to nullify Obama’s election by the most petty and cynical sort of obstruction.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I hear Obowma’s next decree is going to make that ancient but prowd Iranian tradition a National Holiday…

… You know the one.

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I won

nevermind that i supported the pro forma sessions when I was a senator…and abhorred recess appointments

steaming mad about this and the gop elite will do nothing about this…and if the next gop president even thinks about doing this, the outrage will ensue despite the lsm praise this week

ARGHHHHHHHHH

cmsinaz on January 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM

They should file an injunction prohibiting the appointees from entering the building, collecting pay, excercising any authority etc. Part of the problem with this country is Congress cedes too much authority willingly to the executive. If they give up power willingly of course unscrupulous people like Obama will seize it.

txmomof6 on January 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

“A prudent President would have sought the advice of the Attorney General on whether the so-called recess appointments were within the President’s constitutional power.

Dumb and dumber.

JPeterman on January 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

can’t blame the gop when the head of the senate is a democrate who started this during W’s term for cripe sakes…

how about that budget????

1000+ days and counting…

cmsinaz on January 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

“Obama was welcomed by an extremely supportive crowd of bureau employees who loudly cheered his arrival and were especially boisterous when Cordray introduced himself as the official director of the agency. A lottery was held Thursday night to dole out seats to employees who wanted to attend the event.”

That’s just disturbing.

And imagine how difficult it will be to get rid of all these useless bureaucrats.

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Democrats violate the Constitution as do Republicans. It’s an problem with the whole establishment. If you want politicians to respect the Constitution there is only one way: vote only for politicians that actually support the Constitution, and vote against those that don’t.

That’s another reason why I’m supporting Ron Paul.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Obama really had no choice. Clearly, the Republicans in the Senate were out to nullify Obama’s election by the most petty and cynical sort of obstruction.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

More fool you. We have 3 Co-Equal Branches of government in this country, not a King with a Parliament. Congress by design was the most powerful Branch. Elections matter and We the People expressed our will and elected a Republican Majority by a tremendous margin in the House which Obama is ignoring and seeking to nullify.

txmomof6 on January 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM

“Obama was welcomed by an extremely supportive crowd of bureau employees who loudly cheered his arrival and were especially boisterous when Cordray introduced himself as the official director of the agency. A lottery was held Thursday night to dole out seats to employees who wanted to attend the event.”
That’s just disturbing.

And imagine how difficult it will be to get rid of all these useless bureaucrats.
SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Aww…heartache

residentblue on January 6, 2012 at 10:57 PM

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I would give crr6′s left arm to be able to go back in time to Dubya’s tenure in 2007 and 2008 to see your opinions on the actions of Congress at that time.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Going rogue Hugo Chavez.

RasThavas on January 6, 2012 at 10:59 PM

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Hi Debbie!

IrishEi on January 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Of course they were boisterous and happy, communists are always happy to see the new boss man, he’s the one who portions-out the dachas.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I would give crr6′s left arm to be able to go back in time to Dubya’s tenure in 2007 and 2008 to see your opinions on the actions of Congress at that time.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 10:58 PM

You read my mind, except I had a different body part.

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM

That’s another reason why I’m supporting Ron Paul.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Common Defence.

Electrongod on January 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM

can’t blame the gop when the head of the senate is a democrate who started this during W’s term for cripe sakes…

how about that budget????

1000+ days and counting…

cmsinaz on January 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

You’re familiar with the filibuster, right?

More fool you. We have 3 Co-Equal Branches of government in this country, not a King with a Parliament. Congress by design was the most powerful Branch. Elections matter and We the People expressed our will and elected a Republican Majority by a tremendous margin in the House which Obama is ignoring and seeking to nullify.

txmomof6 on January 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Roosevelt unconstitutionally interned Japanese Americans, no war since Korea has had a declaration, Bush committed all kinds of constitutional atrocities in the name of national security. Obama, like many presidents before him, decided to explore new legal territory. You can’t bring a theoretical case — if he wants to challenge the Senate’s gimmick, there has to an actual act. The courts will decide.

When Obama sends the Secret Service over to Treasury to protect Courdrey after a court decision, I’ll come to the ramparts with you. In the mean time, I like watching Republicans defend their bank-bought inaction on TV.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

txmomof6 on January 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM

You notice Urban didn’t say illegal or unconstitutional, only petty and cynical which aren’t covered under law.

Thankfully liberals, especially PBHO, are above pettiness and cynicism, probably because they are smarter than everyone else.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

the Republicans in the Senate were out to nullify Obama’s election by the most petty and cynical sort of obstruction.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Hence the reason we have a Senate…
To slow things down….
Obama should know that…

Electrongod on January 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

liberal heroine

they are junkies, come to think of it.

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Of course they were boisterous and happy, communists are always happy to see the new boss man, he’s the one who portions-out the dachas.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM

And Ron Paul is the only one who can put an end to their little party.

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 11:04 PM

The Republicans provoked a fight. Now they have one. 200 nominees backlogged, dozens of judges on hold, three years of putting politics over even the most basic sort of principles.

Obama really had no choice. Clearly, the Republicans in the Senate were out to nullify Obama’s election by the most petty and cynical sort of obstruction.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

You know, don’t you…that you can smoke bad c r a c k !

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Is it just me? I think every republican should be running to DC yelling to the Heavens about the recess appointments and XO’s. They KNEW this would happen. Are their vacations more important than the future of our country? Rhetorical. I already know the answer. We are doomed.

FLconservative on January 6, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I wonder if this is going to be brought up in the GOP debate tomorrow night…

… or will the whole discussion be about the polls?

I’m betting on the polls…

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

reid hasn’t brought a budget to be filibustered except for dear leader’s 0-97

cmsinaz on January 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

“Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown also endorsed Obama’s decision. He’s in a tight race with liberal heroine Elizabeth Warren.”

Wait, what? Scott Brown? The “tea party” guy? He supports Obama’s unconstitutional overreach?

Then go Elizabeth Warren!!!

I didn’t leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me!

If it were my party I would throw Scott Brown out on his rear along with every last son of a gun who voted for the NDAA, which authorized Obama to indefinitely detain American citizens and deny them their constitutional rights.

Is our country really this far gone? McCain supported that unconstitutional fascist power grab, along with almost every last Republican, the way I hear it. McCain was also allied with Al Qaeda in Libya.

Frankly, if this is the direction the Republican party wants to take—and it is apparently—I hope the American people repay them by voting their azzes out!

FloatingRock on January 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

A government designed for gridlock by the Founders, they knew what they were doing because they had a fud like Obama in mind.

But no matter, PBHO needs to “get things done” so by Gaia they’re going to get done.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

the focus will be on santorum and his social issues….this is the lsm we are talking about…forget about the economy let’s talk about abortion and gay marriage for the 1000th time

cmsinaz on January 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Face it our side hasn’t the stones. 0 knows that.

Bmore on January 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Good News: Ranks of government workers, and Federal worker are the only sector to show steep decline in employment
@slavedog

/

residentblue on January 6, 2012 at 11:09 PM

The Republicans provoked a fight. Now they have one. 200 nominees backlogged, dozens of judges on hold, three years of putting politics over even the most basic sort of principles. The rich have gone wild. BMWs, yachts, mansions, Wall Street connections. Look at all the social injustice.

Obama really had no choice. Clearly, the Republicans in the Senate were out to nullify Obama’s election by the most petty and cynical sort of obstruction. He needs to seize assets immediately of all millionaires not supporting him so that we can reach heaven on earth as quickly as possible.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

FIFY

Burke on January 6, 2012 at 11:09 PM

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

You went full retard.

tom daschle concerned on January 6, 2012 at 11:11 PM

When does Dear Leader bring out his Civilian National Security Force..?

d1carter on January 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

FIFY

Burke on January 6, 2012 at 11:09 PM

That FIFY thing is soooooo juvenile. LOL.

Please, up your game.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

y’all stay cool

later

cmsinaz on January 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Face it our side hasn’t the stones. 0 knows that.
Bmore on January 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Oh many of us do, we’re just not the ones elected to Congress.

I wouldn’t make a very good liberal, I prefer standing to kneeling.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Obama, like many presidents before him, decided to explore new legal territory.
urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

So you admit what he did was unprecedented and deliberatively provocative. And not just in a political way but in a confrontation between two Branches of government. Guess you didn’t live through Nixon and his battles with Congress. Didn’t work out too well in the courts for him.

txmomof6 on January 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Good News: Ranks of government workers, and Federal worker are the only sector to show steep decline in employment
@slavedog

/

residentblue on January 6, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Really? Really?

You seem very certain of that.

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

So o gets some short lived populist political gain over these “appointments” but most certainly any actions taken by these agencies will now be mired in lawsuits that will most likely negate their intentions. o can’t run from his failed policies and is swept out of office and in a year these political appointees are gone and so are their little czarships. We all know President Downgrade is arrogant, but I think this desperate gimmick shows he really isn’t all that bright either.

Ellis on January 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

If Senate Dems don’t fight this userpation of their authority simply because they don’t want to damage President Obama they are worse than worthless and have broken their oaths of office.

29Victor on January 6, 2012 at 11:14 PM

That FIFY thing is soooooo juvenile. LOL.
Please, up your game.

I’m determined to embody my screen name.
urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

FIFY

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Obama really had no choice. Clearly, the Republicans in the Senate were out to nullify Obama’s election by the most petty and cynical sort of obstruction.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

… and how many of Bush’s judicial nominees were denied up/down votes? Now the shoe is on the other foot and you are trying to act morally outraged? You really aren’t that dumb, are you?

For your reference, here is a paper that defended the use of the filibuster to block judicial nominations when Bush was president.

AZfederalist on January 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

If it were my party I would throw Scott Brown out on his rear along with every last son of a gun who voted for the NDAA, which authorized Obama to indefinitely detain American citizens and deny them their constitutional rights.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Don’t worry about that. Obama would never use that on good Americans, only on very bad traitorous Americans like Tea Party members, Ron Paul supporters, ex-military, Bible believers and gun owners.

RasThavas on January 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Surely by now we have enough to get a special prosecutor for impeachment?

workingclass artist on January 6, 2012 at 11:20 PM

That FIFY thing is soooooo juvenile. LOL.

Please, up your game.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Oh, I’m very juvenile, urban. No arguing that.

And besides, I always laugh at FIFY posts–always. I finally got my chance to do one, and now I’m happy.

Burke on January 6, 2012 at 11:20 PM

It wasn’t enough to ignore the war powers act in going to war against Libya (resulting in an Al Quieda-friendly regime coming to power. It wasn’t enough to allow guns to be sold to Mexican criminals, resulting in the deaths of both Mexicans and Americans. It wasn’t enough to take over the US auto industry using money not appropriated for that purpose. It wasn’t enough to allow his Attorney General to fail to prosecute voter intimidation because the intimidators were black. It wasn’t enough to spend more than any other president in history. It wasn’t enough to have government grants given to major donors to his campaign. And now it is clear that he will appoint anyone his wishes to positions of power, with or without senate approval. At what point do the potted plants that we call congressmen and senators remember their constitutional duty? What is their sorry excuse for not acting. And why hasn’t members of the U.S. Military arrested Fuhrer Obama?

RasThavas on January 6, 2012 at 11:21 PM

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

FIFY

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Ouch! You just got Bi shopped.

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Surely by now we have enough to get a special prosecutor for impeachment?

workingclass artist on January 6, 2012 at 11:20 PM

By all rights we have enough to take the path the French took long ago.

RasThavas on January 6, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Articles of Impeachment should be then next order of business. Then once that fails they should be brought up on the 4 that where knighted. Then on everyone in the administration.

There should be a member in the chamber who objects to every call for unanimous consent even if just to call for lunch. Every vote should be filibustered even if they just read “road to serfdom” in the chamber.

If none of this happens the next thing will be EO of laws that congress will not do such as the dream act and full citizenship to all. And then the death camps.

tjexcite on January 6, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Obama really had no choice. Clearly, the Republicans in the Senate were out to nullify Obama’s election by the most petty and cynical sort of obstruction.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Obviously he had a choice and he chose to ignore the Constitution (assuming he was aware of what was in it).

MeatHeadinCA on January 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Such an obvious mistake for the rookie, she forecast what pisses her off.

Urban might as well have hung a neon sign around her varicose-veined neck blazing “FIFY me all the time because it bothers me”.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

And imagine how difficult it will be to get rid of all these useless bureaucrats.

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Indeed. One might even think that was the whole point.

squint on January 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

It’s a good thing that The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the position Cordray will fill, specifically requires Senate confirmation…

… Oh, wait!

Someone left the irony on again…

… The specific provision that Frank and Dodd put into the bill, knowing that one day the Democrats would be in the minority again, but would have the power to block conservative appointees, Obowma just flushed down the toilet.

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Funny. I’d like to think one day the country might return to a true Representative Republic. One where real citizens are in the majority. Don’t see it happening in time. I’d even like to think an average guy with love for country could get there. Not often enough nor again timely enough. Plus the anal probe thing is keeping a lot of folks with modest skeletons in their closets from even considering it. Don’t mean to sound overly pessimistic, but I have played by the rules my entire adult life, and now its in jeopardy because of these a$$hats. I just hope we never end up in the streets over it. I’m with you though, I’m still standing.

Bmore on January 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM

“FIFY me all the time because it bothers me”.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Why am I strangely aroused?

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Guess you didn’t live through Nixon and his battles with Congress. Didn’t work out too well in the courts for him.

txmomof6 on January 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Yeah, but the dems who controlled congress, despite being bleeding heart liberals but also hardcore statists had more than one spine among them and lots of brazos and were willing to go the distance through the courts, the media and all other means to get those actions overturned.

Our Republican congresscritters? Not so much.

AZfederalist on January 6, 2012 at 11:33 PM

The specific provision that Frank and Dodd put into the bill, knowing that one day the Democrats would be in the minority again, but would have the power to block conservative appointees, Obowma just flushed down the toilet.

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Maybe the GOP won’t vigorously contest the appointment of Cordray becuse of that.

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Bmore on January 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM

If you didn’t have a skeleton in your closet then one would be created for you. Too many Republicans fall victim to “DC Disease” and the demorats actively seek to get infected, so I too hold out little hope for real change anytime soon.

I’m biding my time until the system self-corrects, and then I’ll hope there are enough good people left to put it back together again.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Burke on January 6, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Yeah it makes me laugh every time.

Bmore on January 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

remember when everyone in the Bush white house repeatedly mentioned they looked at the law very carefully before making any decision.

these guys have taken if it feels good, do it; to max efforts.

if obama is re-elected, those silent now; will become the equivalent of the last ones to feed the dinosaur in the next term.

cougar on January 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Pretty much seems like whats left.

Bmore on January 6, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Why am I strangely aroused?
John the Libertarian on January 6, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Perhaps “FIFY” stands for something erotic in occupier-speak or something; have you had a brush with a drug-using occupier lately because you might have contracted something.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:39 PM

At what point do the potted plants that we call congressmen and senators remember their constitutional duty?

RasThavas on January 6, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Probably at no point. If either party gave a crap about the Constitution they wouldn’t have voted for NDAA.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2012 at 11:39 PM

And Ron Paul is the only one who can put an end to their little party.

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 11:04 PM

How so?

I’m puzzled.

How can this congressman of almost 30 years, who has done NOTHING to stop the downslide, suddenly be able to stop it all?

I think nothing short of dictatorship will accomplish what he wants.

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Obama really had no choice. Clearly, the Republicans in the Senate were out to nullify Obama’s election by the most petty and cynical sort of obstruction.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Uh, yes, genius, that was the plan. We The People elected them to obstruct the Tyrant in Chief.

And in 2012, we plan to oust him entirely.

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:43 PM

My favorite thing about the coverage of this travesty is at Politico’s Areana, where infamous ex-Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Bruner defends Obama saying:


What choice did the president really have?

You tell me that woman couldn’t find all kinds of reasons to justify illegal election maneuvers. I mean…if you’re in a bind, you do what you gotta do.

MayBee on January 6, 2012 at 11:45 PM

That FIFY thing is soooooo juvenile. LOL.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

So is your name.

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:45 PM

How can this congressman of almost 30 years, who has done NOTHING to stop the downslide, suddenly be able to stop it all?

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:41 PM

The principled use of the bully pulpit and the veto pen.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2012 at 11:46 PM

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

“Explore new legal territory” is such cute spin.

gyrmnix on January 6, 2012 at 11:47 PM

The Republicans provoked a fight. Now they have one. 200 nominees backlogged, dozens of judges on hold, three years of putting politics over even the most basic sort of principles.

Obama really had no choice. Clearly, the Republicans in the Senate were out to nullify Obama’s election by the most petty and cynical sort of obstruction.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I understand you have a limited intelligence, but since you have a computer you can always use a search engine to find the Republicans controlled neither House nor Senate for the first two years of Obama’s term.

As has been pointed out, the strategy was devised by your own Harry Reid (D-Vegas Mob) to prevent Bush from making recess appointments. Bush didn’t try to violate the Constitution to get around it, though.

So apparently you are as hypocritical as you are ignorant. No wonder you support Obama!

Adjoran on January 6, 2012 at 11:47 PM

How can this congressman of almost 30 years, who has done NOTHING to stop the downslide, suddenly be able to stop it all?

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:41 PM

No worries. My comment was tongue-in-cheek.

And in 2012, we plan to oust him entirely.

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:43 PM

I really like that thought.

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

The principled use of the bully pulpit and the veto pen.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Oh I see.

So by talking and vetoing, he will abolish the Federal Reserve?

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I’m biding my time until the system self-corrects, and then I’ll hope there are enough good people left to put it back together again.

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

If there weren’t enough good people to keep it from getting to this, what makes you think there will be enough to rebuild?

squint on January 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

You can’t accomplish anything without trying.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2012 at 11:51 PM

If there weren’t enough good people to keep it from getting to this, what makes you think there will be enough to rebuild?

squint on January 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

There will always be enough people….
It’s whether they are willing…
Time will tell.

Electrongod on January 6, 2012 at 11:52 PM

You can’t accomplish anything without trying.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2012 at 11:51 PM

And what has he accomplished in 30 years?

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:53 PM

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

You’re really on a roll here.:)

So are you a city girl when went to Duke or do you live somewhere called Duke City?

Just curious.

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Obama really had no choice. Clearly, the Republicans in the Senate were out to nullify Obama’s election by the most petty and cynical sort of obstruction.

urban elitist on January 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

In a strange coincidence, the power to do just that is provided by the Constitution. Weird, eh?

BobMbx on January 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Use a sarc tag so I will know you meant it that way. ;)

It’s such a common thing for the Paul fans to say… like he’s their savior. Kind of scary.

dukecitygirl on January 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM

And why hasn’t members of the U.S. Military arrested Fuhrer Obama?

RasThavas on January 6, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Because they are the only ones who keep their pledge to protect and defend the Constitution, certainly not Obama and most of the Congress and Judiciary. They are our last hope, really, yet I know many of them are tiring of the debasement of the Constitution by this President and are hopeful of a change in leadership come next year.

TXUS on January 6, 2012 at 11:56 PM

If there weren’t enough good people to keep it from getting to this, what makes you think there will be enough to rebuild?
squint on January 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Because the good people are outnumbered and outspent, they don’t have the time, money, or willingness to subject their families to never-ending hate to try and override the majority grifters who now exist. There’s a reason so few pay income taxes in this nation and it isn’t because they are all needy.

When the correction occurs there are going to those caught with their pants down and those who are prepared, which side do you think the non-income tax payers will be on?

Bishop on January 6, 2012 at 11:56 PM

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