Skip to comments.So much for bipartisanship -- a slew of recess appointments
Posted on 12/31/2010 10:34:31 AM PST by Qbert
On Wednesday, Obama shed any pretense of bipartisanship in making six recess appointments. As were his previous recess appointments, this batch included two individuals whose records are so controversial that they could not obtain confirmation even with 59 Democratic senators. Also included was Stephen Ford, nominated as ambassador to Syria and stymied as a forceful rebuttal to Obama's failed Syrian engagement policy...
The most egregious appointment is undoubtedly James Cole, installed as the deputy attorney general. There were good reasons why he could not secure Senate confirmation. The Web site Main Justice explained that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has strenuously objected to Cole's controversial stance on the War on Terror, which Cole expressed in a 2002 op-ed...
Sessions and other Republicans also objected to Cole's work on behalf of AIG. Moreover, he represented a Saudi prince against 9-11 families as this report from the Examiner explains:
A human rights activist well-versed in the Middle East tells me, "I've met Prince Naif. He's a tremendous human rights abuser, having trampled the rights of religious minorities in Saudi Arabia."
What, if anything, can be done by the imperious recess appointments of such controversial nominees? Todd Gaziano of the Heritage Foundation emails me, "The real threat (which Robert C. Byrd famously did once) is for the entire GOP caucus" to refuse to consent to any further nominees unless Obama agrees to refrain from issuing more recess appointments. Gaziano says that Republicans "could refuse to confirm another judge, diplomat, etc. until they extract their promise."..
But the lesson for the GOP here may be to refrain from offering too many open hands to an administration only too eager to slap them and demonstrate disdain for a co-equal branch of government.
(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...
Anyone who believes Obama is Bi-Partisan needs a new brain.