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President Obama wins showdown with GOP
Politico ^ | 2/11/10 | MIKE ALLEN

Posted on 02/11/2010 7:40:12 PM PST by ricks_place

The Senate confirmed a huge group of administration nominees on Thursday, following a tense exchange between President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

At a White House meeting with bipartisan congressional leaders on Tuesday, Obama warned that he would make recess appointments if the logjam over nominees wasn’t broken before the Senate left for the Presidents’ Day break.

“Mitch, this is unprecedented,” the president said, gesturing forcefully on the Cabinet Room table, according to aides. “If you don’t move any, I’m going to do some [recess] appointments.”

The 27 confirmations mean no recess appointments will be needed during this break, top administration officials said. Recess appointments, which a president can make when Congress is not in session, are temporary and generally last to the end of the year.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; bowb4bho; bowb4obama; congress; cowards; czars; jellyfish; militay; obama; politics; recess; republicans; rinos
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1 posted on 02/11/2010 7:40:12 PM PST by ricks_place
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To: ricks_place

gesturing forcefully on the Cabinet Room table


2 posted on 02/11/2010 7:41:59 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: ricks_place

Was the NLRB nominee one of them?

The one who wants to mandate unionism?


3 posted on 02/11/2010 7:43:12 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: ricks_place

Baltimore and now this. The GOP is a bunch of cowards. This kind of crap drives the Tea Party people further away from the GOP.


4 posted on 02/11/2010 7:44:27 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If the CIA and NASA are going to "monitor climate change", why the hell do we need the EPA?)
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To: ricks_place

Dam RINOS, have they no spine?


5 posted on 02/11/2010 7:45:31 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: ricks_place

Read the story. This is a garbage headline.


6 posted on 02/11/2010 7:47:09 PM PST by MrDem
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To: TornadoAlley3

They would last just as long anyway. If Obama says its unprecedented, Mitch could easily bring up all of the Senate “rules” they wish to do away with. A bone at this point may be OK. He is the President. The tide has turned and the machine takes a long-time to crank up.


7 posted on 02/11/2010 7:48:09 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: ricks_place

Tense my you know what. More like how far do you want us to bend over.


8 posted on 02/11/2010 7:50:09 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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The “Party of No” Needs to be the ‘Party of NObama”.

Good grief, Mitch.


9 posted on 02/11/2010 7:50:37 PM PST by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: MrDem

Right on. No harm no foul.


10 posted on 02/11/2010 7:50:39 PM PST by onona (dbada)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
You were saying ...

Baltimore and now this. The GOP is a bunch of cowards. This kind of crap drives the Tea Party people further away from the GOP.

Not because of this particular thing. Here's what another part of the article said...

A senior Senate Republican leadership aide said: "We cleared something like 35 nominees before the last recess, too. That’s what happens before a recess. This isn’t because anyone blinked."

I don't see what the problem is... LOL...

It's either you let them out of the hold or they're in, anyway... so what's the big deal?

11 posted on 02/11/2010 7:51:55 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“Baltimore and now this. The GOP is a bunch of cowards. This kind of crap drives the Tea Party people further away from the GOP.”

The truth of the matter is that the GOP differs in degree, but not in kind, from the Democrats. They are rivals within the same franchise, when we seek an entirely new game. Both parties manipulate and extract at our expense.

The GOP is the weak sister in this Punch and Judy, Bolshevik/Menshevik road show. Before this century is over, a deflated and abandoned GOP will merge with the Democrats as the bureaucrats and their welfare dependents resist those of us who will not surrender our liberties or substance to the State.


12 posted on 02/11/2010 7:53:36 PM PST by Psalm 144 (First Kennedy. Now Murtha. Any bets on Carter?)
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To: onona
You were saying ...

Right on. No harm no foul.

To listen to some FReepers, since these GOP guys didn't keep these nominees on hold for a few more days, they "lost" ... LOL...

Some people just want to make everything into a "macho-macho" deal or something. They were going in regardless of what anyone did.

13 posted on 02/11/2010 7:54:14 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: ricks_place

So what is the resulting difference of “voting” these people in now or letting him sneak them in the back door later? A huge difference ... now the dumb Republicans have caved again, Obama looks good to have “picked people who could be given the job” and the Republicans have agreed with him. Had they said “up yours, Sir” then Obama would have been nailed in the press for “sneaking them in the back door during the recess” .. typically a Democrat-type move today! Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest ... The Republican Party is a joke. If you contribute to these jerks, YOU are part of the problem!


14 posted on 02/11/2010 7:54:40 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: ricks_place

Did they cut a deal NOT to block some if some just go away? I could see that happening. If they didn’t get anything for folding many of them may becoming TOAST on Nov!


15 posted on 02/11/2010 7:59:01 PM PST by WellyP
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To: Star Traveler

The GOP understands enough “voice” saved their skin to stop this apologist for furthuring his socialism. What is being presented here is a “pittance” for what is coming. The leaders of buisness in this Country will NOT hire until that need presents itself. That means weekends of OT for 6 months or better.


16 posted on 02/11/2010 7:59:49 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: ricks_place

This is the leftist Politico and the spin is breathtaking.


17 posted on 02/11/2010 8:05:20 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: ricks_place

Mitch the Bitch screws us again. We need fewer gentlemen and more bombthrowers running the Senate for us. Bob Dole was a nice guy but terribly ineffective, and you saw how respectful George Mitchell was towards him >sarc


18 posted on 02/11/2010 8:05:37 PM PST by festusbanjo (It's not that we tax too little, it's that we spend too damn much!)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

I don’t think anyone who’s opinion was up for grabs would care about Zero’s recess appointments one way or the other. I think this was just a cynical ploy on the administration’s part to fire up their moonbat base and make Mr. Empty-Suit look forceful. The GOP was right to nip this propaganda campaign in the bud. In any event, these nominees are meaningless, no need to get sidetracked over the small fry.


19 posted on 02/11/2010 8:06:09 PM PST by eclecticEel (The Most High rules in the kingdom of men ... and sets over it the basest of men.)
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To: ricks_place
When the president makes recess appointments without senate approval, are these then permanent or good only during the recess? Any one know this?

If the recess appointments are permanent, what is the sense in holding them up before recess? If temporary, senators can fight them after the recess.

20 posted on 02/11/2010 8:08:33 PM PST by ajay_kumar (Need more Republicans of all stripes in congress to stop Obama's socialist agenda)
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To: GeronL

Some of you might be on dial up and don’t want to go to the article.
In review of the list I didn’t see anyone that was important. I did not see the NLRB mentioned.


21 posted on 02/11/2010 8:12:42 PM PST by mojo114 (Pray for FReeper Jeff Head)
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To: mojo114

Thats interesting. Lower level people?

What about Dawn Johnsen or is it Johnson?


22 posted on 02/11/2010 8:15:35 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: ricks_place
“Mitch, this is unprecedented,” the president said...

"Unprecedented"??? How about the Rats refusing to even hold confirmation hearings for ANY of Bush's appointees in what, 8 years!

It's amazing how Rats always find a word or phrase that multiplies their outrages into grinning rape.

23 posted on 02/11/2010 8:15:45 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: ajay_kumar
From the article:

Recess appointments, which a president can make when Congress is not in session, are temporary and generally last to the end of the year.

24 posted on 02/11/2010 8:20:34 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: GeronL

Here is the list:
Ketanji Brown Jackson, of Maryland, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission

Susan B. Carbon, of New Hampshire, to be Director of the Violence Against Women Office

Betty King to be Ambassador International Organization U.N.

Caryn Wagner to be Assistant Secretary DHS

Sara Manzano-Diaz, of Pennsylvania, to be Director of the Women’s Bureau

Patrick Corvington- CEO National Service

Robert A. Petzel, of Minnesota, to be Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs

Nicole Yvette Lamb-Hale, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce,

Marisa Lago, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

Ellen Gloninger Murray, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services

Bryan Hayes Samuels, of Illinois, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of

Health and Human Services

Charles Collyns, of Maryland, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury

Mary John Miller, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

André Birotte, Jr., of California, to be United States Attorney for the Central District of California

Richard S. Hartunian, of New York, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York

Ronald C. Machen, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be United States Attorney for the District of Columbia

Mary Sally Matiella, of Arizona, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army, vice Nelson M. Ford.

Douglas B. Wilson, of Arizona, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, vice Dorrance Smith.

Irvin M. Mayfield, Jr., of Louisiana, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts

Cynthia L. Attwood, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Sharon Y. Bowen, of New York, to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

Orlan Johnson, of Maryland, to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

Douglas A. Criscitello, of Virginia, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Housing and Urban

Development

Theodore W. Tozer, of Ohio, to be President, Government National Mortgage Association

David W. Mills, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce

Suresh Kumar, of New Jersey, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United

States and Foreign Commercial Service.

Kevin Wolf, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

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25 posted on 02/11/2010 8:21:09 PM PST by mojo114 (Pray for FReeper Jeff Head)
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To: Talisker
From that article:

McConnell replied that the Democrats did the same thing when President George W. Bush was in office. Obama disagreed, saying that when Bush made his first recess appointments, a handful of nominees had been waiting for more than a month. Obama had more than 60 waiting.

26 posted on 02/11/2010 8:22:26 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: mojo114

Of course this won’t stop the President from doing recess appointments


27 posted on 02/11/2010 8:23:17 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: Psalm 144

the GOP differs in degree, but not in kind, from the Democrats. They are rivals within the same franchise, when we seek an entirely new game.

You have succinctly summed up EXACTLY what I’ve been feeling. Right ON!!


28 posted on 02/11/2010 8:28:00 PM PST by onona (dbada)
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To: ricks_place
A senior Senate Republican leadership aide said: "We cleared something like 35 nominees before the last recess, too. That’s what happens before a recess. This isn’t because anyone blinked." According to an administration account, the president told McConnell that he was holding up an extraordinary number of appointments. McConnell replied that the Democrats did the same thing when President George W. Bush was in office. Obama disagreed, saying that when Bush made his first recess appointments, a handful of nominees had been waiting for more than a month. Obama had more than 60 waiting.

What a nothing story, designed to invent a "win" for Obama.

That his media pals are THIS desperate says more than the article and the deceptive headline.

29 posted on 02/11/2010 8:31:27 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian conservative, atheist prolifer)
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To: ricks_place

The Dems had no problem denying Bush appointments. Look what they did to John Bolton who was a recess appointment. Let Obama make the recess appointments. In a year we may have control of Congress.


30 posted on 02/11/2010 8:32:44 PM PST by kabar
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To: Darkwolf377

Yup. Politico spin at it’s best.


31 posted on 02/11/2010 8:33:29 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: GeronL

You are right. Obama will try but I think the Republicans have this covered.


32 posted on 02/11/2010 8:38:11 PM PST by mojo114 (Pray for FReeper Jeff Head)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

No, the Bummer would have gotten sympathetic press from the presstitutes at least this time around, however he would have to do it all over again, and over, and over, and meantime skeletons would start to fall out of closets.


33 posted on 02/11/2010 8:38:53 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: mojo114

If the GOP just slows everything down and attack strategically. They can get us to the elections.


34 posted on 02/11/2010 8:39:48 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: Star Traveler

Sometimes it’s the right thing to be a macho man.


35 posted on 02/11/2010 8:41:13 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: onona

What is the quid that the GOP hopes to get pro this quo?


36 posted on 02/11/2010 8:42:25 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Darkwolf377

Well I think the GOP has blunk, unless there is a quid pro quo we don’t know.


37 posted on 02/11/2010 8:43:35 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: ajay_kumar

Recess appointments 1) are temporary: they last until the end of the current Congress (i.e., until Jan 4-5-6 next year), and 2) serve unpaid.


38 posted on 02/11/2010 9:01:17 PM PST by SAJ
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Heck yeah! Make these screaming libs serve for free... if they’re willing. The GOP blunk when it didn’t have to.


39 posted on 02/11/2010 9:03:30 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: GeronL

Bush made over 170 recess appointments because the dems wouldn’t pass his nominees. The dems weren’t seen as the party of NO. Have some courage guys. Your votes to pass these idiots (assuming most of them are based on prior history) may well be used against you in a coming primary.


40 posted on 02/11/2010 9:14:23 PM PST by excopconservative
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To: ajay_kumar

The appointments are good until the end of the current Senate (two year) Session. Those sessions last two years, so a recess appointment could last almost two years. Current recess appointments will expire with this Congress, at the end of the year.

http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid=%270DP%2BP\W%3B%20P%20%20%0A


41 posted on 02/11/2010 9:37:47 PM PST by DoughtyOne (God, Family, Friends, Home, Town, State, the U.S., Conservatism, Free Republic & a dollar a day...)
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To: MrDem
I did read the story.... looks like McConnell caved in from what I read. In fact that's how the media is gloating about it, that's how the 0bozo commie pig WH is gloating about it, and that's how the deranged lefties at DUmmmie.com are gloating about it.

This is just a precursor of how the evil bastard 0bozo will play the Repubs like a badly tuned violin at the so-called health care summit on Feb 25. Repubs ought to just dismiss this charade outright, and say unless 0bozo is willing to publicly denounce & reject the current monstrosity bill in it's entirety, there will be no summit with Repubs.

Repubs got their ass handed to them....again!!!

42 posted on 02/11/2010 9:41:31 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: ricks_place

Don’t give him nothing but a dirty look .


43 posted on 02/11/2010 9:43:30 PM PST by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: MrDem
Read the story. This is a garbage headline.

Of course it is - - it's Politico. And Mike Allen is one of their sloppiest writers.

44 posted on 02/11/2010 9:45:34 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: DJ MacWoW

Weren’t there many dozens of judicial appointments that were never filled under Bush?


45 posted on 02/11/2010 9:46:25 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: ricks_place

So they get their up-or-down vote.

Does that necessarily mean they’re all an automatic shoo-in?


46 posted on 02/11/2010 9:49:50 PM PST by sinanju
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To: ricks_place
“Mitch, this is unprecedented,” the president said,

Miguel Estrada.

FUBO

47 posted on 02/11/2010 9:59:55 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: rcrngroup

How is it a cave? Obama was going to announce recess appointments. At least this way, the nominees now have to be confirmed, and some of them will have to go on the record.


48 posted on 02/11/2010 10:38:11 PM PST by Carling (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing its idiot.)
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To: ricks_place
This is a cooked up phony story and headline from the truly vile Mikey Allen at Leftico
The leftist Dem propagandist that lied to a grand jury during the scouter Libby scam.

Mikey's wife is a DNC employee !

49 posted on 02/11/2010 10:45:12 PM PST by ncalburt (San Fran Nan , Your Harvey Milk was gunned down by a fellow Dem-RAT)
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To: ricks_place

Recess appointments are ALWAYS preferable to confirmations. They get 1 year, have “acting” in their titles, and lack some financial and other benefits due to their reduced stature. It NEVER makes sense to give in on this. The Dems made Bush recess in John Bolton and many others. Make King Hussein do the same here!


50 posted on 02/11/2010 11:22:30 PM PST by montag813
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