The GOP is boycotting Obama’s pick for EPA chief, and Democrats are not happy about it

posted at 6:01 pm on May 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

On Thursday, Republican senators put the brakes on the confirmation of President Obama’s nominee for EPA chief, Gina McCarthy, saying that they were “completely unsatisfied” with the answers she was providing to their lines of questioning. Via Reuters:

The dispute over McCarthy stems from more than 1,000 written questions Republican senators asked her after her confirmation hearing – what Democrats say is a new record for the number of written questions asked of a nominee. …
David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Environment Committee, told reporters their boycott was not related to McCarthy’s qualifications but to her refusal to answer questions about transparency within the agency.

All eight committee Republicans refused to participate in a scheduled vote on McCarthy, leaving her nomination in limbo and unable to advance to the next stage – a full Senate vote.

The White House responded with outrage. “There has been a historic level of obstructionism from the Senate on this nomination and others,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Republican senators noted that Environment Committee Democrats, when in the minority, staged a similar boycott in 2003 of EPA nominee Michael Leavitt, forcing a vote to be rescheduled. Leavitt was ultimately confirmed.

Never you mind that Democrats staged a boycott of EPA nominee Michael Leavitt in 2003; the point, according to today’s Democrats, is that Republicans are merely up to their habitually spiteful and obstructionist antics and that McCarthy has already answered a record number of questions so just confirm her already, for pete’s sake.

Well, Given that McCarthy has been an assistant administrator at the EPA for years already — i.e., she’s been a major player in the Obama administration’s ongoing regulatory onslaught at an out-of-control, overzealous, and power-tripping independent agency — and that the agency has recently been under fire for some very serious transparency problems, isn’t it possible that she perhaps deserves the extra scrutiny?

Nah.

And yes, Sen. Boxer, Republicans do actually hate the environment, public health, and most especially women. Thanks for clearing that up.


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Advise and Consent only applies when its a Republican President, obviously.

Let it burn.

Neo on May 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Seeing the photo, I’m confused. Why does that man have a woman’s name?

Splashman on May 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

May this nomination eventually be pulled, as part of disrupting, dismantling, & defeating the EPA.

Yeah, a guy can dream.

22044 on May 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Rant we much?

geojed on May 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Is that nominee a guy or a girl? I can’t tell by the picture. Maybe if you put up a picture of it playing softball?

In any event, it’s more handsome than Butch Napolitano. So, there’s that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

As Austin Powers would say”It’s a man baby!”

sandee on May 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Who’s the dude in the photo?

WhatSlushfund on May 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Lib women, grrrr foxy.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Balls of steel….oh wait, the article said GOP….carry on…

hillsoftx on May 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Who’s the dude in the photo?

WhatSlushfund on May 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Kinda looks like Shatner with glasses.

Splashman on May 9, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Fringe lane?

ladyingray on May 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Has Obama appointed any woman who is NOT a lesbian?

LASue on May 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM

NOTHING should pass either House of Congress until full access, full information, all answers are answered on Benghazi and the appropriate punishment is agreed upon. Let this lame duck die on his mountain of Lies, obfuscation, recrimination and redistribution!
Let his agenda die as dead as the four Americans he and Monicas Boyfriends Wife abandoned to Jihadi friends of theirs!

ConcealedKerry on May 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

All QUESTIONS are answered

ConcealedKerry on May 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Is that a picture of a man or a woman?

VorDaj on May 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

republican party ALMOST worthless.

PappyD61 on May 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

And yes, Sen. Boxer, Republicans do actually hate the environment, public health, and most especially women. Thanks for clearing that up.

I’m glad we can stop pretending to care about air quality.

Look, when a nominee is given 1,000 questions AFTER a confirmation hearing. It isn’t unprecedented IT IS A SIGNAL! Presidents generally are given great latitude on these appointments. The rat-eared coward ignores it at his own risk.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Has Obama Valerie Jarrett appointed any woman who is NOT a lesbian?

LASue on May 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM

And………no.

antipc on May 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM

He picks such masculine women, and effeminate men…such a pandering fool.

ndanielson on May 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I think we need Crocodile Dundee to introduce himself to this nominee and let us all know what the real story is.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Is that a picture of a man or a woman?

VorDaj on May 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Does it matter? Would you hit that under any circumstances?

Further proof that Democrats have no good looking women.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Wow, that broad looks like she’s got about 90 years of payback just waiting for the ‘cool kids’….

BigWyo on May 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that Gina McCarthy looks like Barney Franks’ younger brother?

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Looks like a nice enough fella.

trs on May 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Geesh, not only butch but Super Butch. At least Killary let her hair grow out.

BeachBum on May 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Apparenlty Obama’s staff seeks out the ugliest women they can find.

rdbrewer on May 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

boxer, pelosi, clinton. mochelle ….need I say more because there are…

crosshugger on May 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I’d have to say Newt Gingrich in drag.

BigWyo on May 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

man where do the dems go to find these transgendered policy wonks? Must be the same place muzzies go for virgins because there seems to be an inexhaustable supply of them.

DanMan on May 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM

How many secret email addresses does she have?

Curtiss on May 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Al Franken’s missing twin has been found!

herm2416 on May 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Apparenlty Obama’s staff seeks out the ugliest women they can find.

rdbrewer on May 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

or maybe, just maybe, Obama doesn’t pick people based on their looks!!

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Ah yes, defending the light bringer yet Again. But but, I didn’t vote for him…. Ya, right.

BeachBum on May 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

This Obama loves him some lesbians, doesn’t he?

Cleombrotus on May 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM

or maybe, just maybe, Obama doesn’t pick people based on their looks!!

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

I dunno. All the ladies he seems to gravitate to all look like bull dykes to me.

Cleombrotus on May 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Ah yes, defending the light bringer yet Again. But but, I didn’t vote for him…. Ya, right.

BeachBum on May 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

the concept of defending someone who is right regardless of their agreement with you is foreign concept to you, eh?

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

After looking at the picture, I was left wondering is this Rachel Madcow’s elderly aunt?

meci on May 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Al Franken’s missing twin brother has been found!

herm2416 on May 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

or maybe, just maybe, Obama doesn’t pick people based on their looks!!

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

So … it’s just pure coincidence that he picks all bull dykes? 2% of the population that just seems to pop up everywhere in this administration … and he finds all the truly incompetent and worthless ones, too. Well, that last part is professional courtesy on Barky’s end.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

You defend him for Everything, no matter what kid. It’s obvious to everyone here. Go play a video game.

BeachBum on May 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

or maybe, just maybe, Obama doesn’t pick people based on their looks!!

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Unless they look like bull dykes. He seems to have a number of them in his entourage.

Cleombrotus on May 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM

or maybe, just maybe, Obama doesn’t pick people based on their looks!!

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

“so you have that going for you, which is nice”.

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

or maybe, just maybe, Obama doesn’t pick people based on their looks!!

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

It’s even doubly funny coming from a leftist who thinks that skin color is the ultimate qualification for anything.

How did Barky find two black administrators for NASA when the percentage of black scientists is south of 1% and there are none in the highest echelons of any of the fields? Riddle me that. More coincidence, I guess …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

How did Barky find two black administrators for NASA when the percentage of black scientists is south of 1% and there are none in the highest echelons of any of the fields? Riddle me that. More coincidence, I guess …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

no, I’m sure Obama just picked two black janitors for the role just because, you know, they’re black, right…RIGHT?! I’m sure the two black guys weren’t qualified at all.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

or maybe, just maybe, Obama doesn’t pick people based on their looks!!

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

So it’s just a coincidence that none of his female appointees actually look female?

Splashman on May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

And yes, Sen. Boxer, Republicans do actually hate the environment, public health, and most especially women, ma’am.

FIFY

The Rogue Tomato on May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

This is one reprobate worth obstructing.

tom daschle concerned on May 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

no, I’m sure Obama just picked two black janitors for the role just because, you know, they’re black, right…RIGHT?! I’m sure the two black guys weren’t qualified at all.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Qualified?Maybe… Most qualified? Doubtful…

sandee on May 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Defend, defend, defend.

BeachBum on May 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

So it’s just a coincidence that none of his female appointees actually look female?

Splashman on May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

He wants to keep himself as the most “female” looking person in his admin.

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Apparenlty Obama’s staff seeks out the ugliest women they can find.

rdbrewer on May 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

or maybe, just maybe, Obama doesn’t pick people based on their looks!!

partisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

We all know why O’bama picked her. For her radical ideology. She’s a dedicated environmentalist.

(milky way)

Del Dolemonte on May 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

LOL Good one.

BeachBum on May 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

As if you know anything about this. LOL.

The correct answer is that the main purpose of NASA changed when Barky came in. Space flight was scrubbed and promoting muzzie feelings of worth was made priority 1. And clearly those guys were picked for their skin color. You lefties love to try and abuse probabilities when you argue discrimination cases in court … well, this is an obvious case of something happening for which the probability of it randomly occurring hovers around .0035%.

It’s called “Affirmative Action”, numbnuts. You folks love it. At least just admit to it since it’s obvious to everyone with more than two brain cells (i.e. all non-lefties) that it is your main operating mechanism with everything.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

So it’s just a coincidence that none of his female appointees actually look female?

Splashman on May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

they look female to me. Maybe not foxy cougars that you’re expecting, but I wouldn’t mistaken them for a man.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

or maybe, just maybe, Obama doesn’t pick people based on their looks!!

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

… or maybe he does.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

no, I’m sure Obama just picked two black janitors for the role just because, you know, they’re black, right…RIGHT?! I’m sure the two black guys weren’t qualified at all.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Qualified?Maybe… Most qualified? Doubtful…

sandee on May 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

And the nonpartisan and nonracist one assumes that the black guys must be janitors or some other lowly position.

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Tough tiddies, little O.

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Qualified?Maybe… Most qualified? Doubtful…

sandee on May 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

tell me which more qualified white guy was passed over, then you might have a case

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

This Obama loves him some lesbians, doesn’t he?

Cleombrotus on May 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM

In reality, Gina McCarthy is married to Kenneth McCarey, and they have a son and two daughters. Let’s leave the stereotyping to the Low-IQ Democrats, OK?

But I will admit that she does look like a female Bill Clinton…

Del Dolemonte on May 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Didn’t Kathleen Sebeleus win the Kentucky Derby about 60 years ago?

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

don’t call me a lefty. I’m not. thanks.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Qualified?Maybe… Most qualified? Doubtful…

sandee on May 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

tell me which more qualified white guy was passed over, then you might have a case

partisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

All of them.

F-

Del Dolemonte on May 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

but I wouldn’t mistaken them for a man.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

No, I wouldn’t either. More like something in between.

Cleombrotus on May 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Why are all Democrat women nicknamed “Butch”?

Jaibones on May 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Obama nominated William Windom for the EPA post?

I thought he was dead.

BuckeyeSam on May 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

don’t call me a lefty. I’m not. thanks.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

No, you are a partisan hack and water carrier for your messiah and his dupes.

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 6:52 PM

don’t call me a lefty. I’m not. thanks.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Yes, you are. You can try to call yourself anything you like – call yourself a “house” for all I care – but you’re a lefty.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

All of them.

F-

Del Dolemonte on May 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

wow, I’m speechless. You can’t even imagine one white guy being inferior in qualifications to a black guy at NASA. wow.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

or maybe, just maybe, Obama doesn’t pick people based on their looks!!

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

… or maybe he does.

Well, maybe beyond being fellow travellers, the two most important criteria is any member of this admin must:

1. ) NOT BE, nor appear to be, smarter or better looking than Barry.

2. ) NOT BE, nor appear to be, more feminine or attractive in appearance to Moochelle.

hawkeye54 on May 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Yes, you are. You can try to call yourself anything you like – call yourself a “house” for all I care – but you’re a lefty.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

well, that’s odd…cuz I don’t know any lefties who would support Ted Cruz in a 2016 election

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

He wants to keep himself as the most “female” looking person in his admin.

VegasRick
on May 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

On that. he’s ……”winning”.

I’ve seen him throw a ball……..like a woman. I’m a female and I don’t even throw that way.
ಠ_ಠ

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

wow, I’m speechless. You can’t even imagine one white guy scientist being inferior in qualifications to a black guy janitor at NASA. wow.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Your words.

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

wow, I’m speechless. You can’t even imagine one white guy being inferior in qualifications to a black guy at NASA. wow.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

LOL. Reading comprehension isn’t your thing. Del was saying that ALL of the more qualified white guys were passed over, obviously, as none of them got the job.

Perhaps you want to communicate in some other language that you are more familiar with? Austrian?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

wow, I’m speechless nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Thank God.

BeachBum on May 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

2. ) NOT BE, nor appear to be, more feminine or attractive in appearance to Moochelle.

hawkeye54 on May 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

So Dick Butkus can forget any jobs in the Barky administration.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

OK, but clearly, there’s some kind of a line running through the women he picks as far as their looks are concerned.

Cleombrotus on May 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I’ve seen him throw a ball……..like a woman. I’m a female and I don’t even throw that way.
ಠ_ಠ

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

He reminds me of this guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c_onhzgvcY

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Why are all Democrat women nicknamed “Butch”?

Jaibones on May 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

*cough* (^_~)

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Boxer has her head so far up her ass, it’s a wonder she can breathe.

GarandFan on May 9, 2013 at 7:01 PM

He reminds me of this guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c_onhzgvcY

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

…….I’m still laughing……*picking up self off the floor*

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Gina and Big Sis Janet…….softball players too?

PappyD61 on May 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

wow, I’m speechless.

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Is that French for ‘a Dumba$$’?

BigWyo on May 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Gina and Big Sis Janet…….softball players too?

PappyD61 on May 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Bowelers.

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Is that French for ‘a Dumba$$’?

BigWyo on May 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

*snikker, I think it is.

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Bowelers.

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Didn’t know the wimmen did that, too>

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Republican senators noted that Environment Committee Democrats, when in the minority, staged a similar boycott in 2003 of EPA nominee Michael Leavitt, forcing a vote to be rescheduled. Leavitt was ultimately confirmed.

My advise for Democrats … Eat it and smile

J_Crater on May 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I had to stop at her rant of “blah blah blah….held hostage”.

She needs new hyperbole. And that guy/gal needs a makeover.

tru2tx on May 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Didn’t know the wimmen did that, too>

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

“Their men, baby”

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Gina and Big Sis Janet…….softball players too?

PappyD61 on May 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

I think it would be easier to name the ones that aren’t, both genders.

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

“Their men, baby”

VegasRick on May 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

“Their” or “They’re”??

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM

IE, “their men (beards) are what you said.
OR
They’re men.

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Never mind, I looked at the pic again….
She’s a man.

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Would you hit that under circumstances?

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

You mean like with a 2 x 4 or possibly a Louisville Sluger?

oldleprechaun on May 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Why is every one of Body Odor’s picks lesbian, black or muslim or a combination of the three?

maryo on May 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

S/b “Slugger”

Stupid iPad…

oldleprechaun on May 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

What is it???? A transgendered person??? What qualifies him/her??? What has happened in DC….not only is the egregious Obama administration the laughing stock of the world, he seems to surround himself with miscreant minions with no credibility!!!!

phoebe1 on May 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

OK, but clearly, there’s some kind of a line running through the women he picks as far as their looks are concerned.

Cleombrotus on May 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

They are all lesbians. What, you want him to pick better-looking lesbians?

maryo on May 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

What is that?

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2013 at 7:23 PM

She looks like a fembot Tom Coburn.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

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