Skip to comments.The Obama recess
Posted on 01/07/2012 4:38:35 PM PST by SmithL
My Sunday column addressed the Obama recess appointments. I use quotes for the term, because the Senate was not in recess, according to its own rules.
The New York Times editorialized in favor of the presidents move, while it denounced the GOPs use any and all tactics to thwart the bureau and the Dodd-Frank reform law that created it. Be it noted, these GOP tactics were instituted under Democrat Harrys Reids leadership in an announced effort to thwart any recess appointments under George W. Bush.
Here is a 2008 editorial in which The New York Times endorsed those very same tactics, when Reid used them against Bush.
I understand why an administration would bristle at the use of Senate rules to prevent an up-or-down vote on a nominee. Thats fair criticism. But when a president takes it on himself to decide which Senate rules are kosher, that is executive overreach. As John Yoo wrote in National Review,
Is the president going to have the authority to decide if the Supreme Court has deliberated too little on a case? Does Congress have the right to decide whether the president has really thought hard enough about granting a pardon?
The Obama base doesnt care. . . .
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.sfgate.com ...
The GOP congress would have every bit as much Constitutional authority to appoint a new president when Obama goes on vacation.
Come to think of it...
...The 60-vote threshold may not seem fair. But in his 2006 book, "The Audacity of Hope," Obama wrote, "To me, the threat to eliminate the filibuster on judicial nominations was just one more example of the Republicans changing the rules in the middle of the game." He was angry at Republicans for thinking about flouting precedent
Let us say that two “liberal seats” on the Supreme Court open up at the same time in the middle of a jam-packed Supreme Court term and that there is a GOP President.
Then, a DEM-controlled Senate goes into pro forma session and the GOP Prez recess appoints two conservative justices. These justices then put the conservative side over the top on major cases [immigration, gay marriage, abortion, etc.].
The DEMS will be whining “no fair - no fair”, we were in “pro forma session” ...
Obama forgot the first rule of politics:
“Be careful what you wish for - you just may get it” ...
I guess congress can’t extend that payroll tax cut since they’re in recess.