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MSNBC Contributor Blames Republicans for Obama's Unconstitutional Recess Appointment
NewsBusters.org ^ | January 25, 2013 | Ken Shepherd

Posted on 01/25/2013 12:19:18 PM PST by Kaslin

In a segment this morning discussing the breaking news that a panel of judges on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled that some of President Obama's recess appointments had been made in an unconstitutional manner, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts turned to network contributor and former Democratic Senate staffer Jimmy Williams for his reaction.

Williams conceded the the court had ruled correctly, but rather than chiding the president for violating his oath of office with unconstitutional appointments, he blamed Senate Republicans for driving Mr. Obama to do so. For his part, Roberts agreed, mumbling "mm hmm" in reply to the ex-lobbyist's partisan swipe:

THOMAS ROBERTS, anchor: All right, so Jimmy, this is a victory for Republicans. What are the implications because this is not a good way to start for the president's second administration, to get this handed down.

JIMMY WILLIAMS, MSNBC contributor: Well, Pete's right. This is -- the court ruled correctly. The Senate was not in technical recess. And since the Senate was not in recess, it was not constitutional. 

What does it mean? It means that everything -- those appointees, plus the appointment of Richard Cordray at the CFPB: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, anything that those two agencies had sent out as rulings now can be deemed invalid or null and void. That can affect all kinds of things from credit cards, interest rates, anything that those two agencies had done now is gone. It's over. It didn't count.

And so for the Republicans and for the chamber of commerce and other business groups, this is a big victory.

But there's -- that's a short-term victory. The problem with it is this never would have happened had the Republican senators not been filibustering these Republican nominees to begin with.

ROBERTS, in agreement: Mm hmm.

Roberts then turned back to NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams (no relation) to discuss what would happen next. Pete Williams noted that the Obama administration would lik


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: barackobama; jimmywilliams; judiciary; obamawatch; petewilliams; pmsnbc; pmsnbclive; thomasroberts

1 posted on 01/25/2013 12:19:28 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Trumpka is already screaming about the republican panel of judges.


2 posted on 01/25/2013 12:22:06 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin
"anything that those two agencies had done now is gone. It's over. It didn't count."

Just wait until Obama's entire Presidency is ruled null and void because of his ineligibility.

Well, I can hope, can't I?

3 posted on 01/25/2013 12:25:38 PM PST by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: cripplecreek

Let him


5 posted on 01/25/2013 12:29:27 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: eCSMaster

Exactly what I was thinking. Wouldn’t that set some hair (and a few other things) on fire!


6 posted on 01/25/2013 12:29:55 PM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Kaslin

I just wish a couple more states would make a move on right to work now and divide the democrat forces.


7 posted on 01/25/2013 12:31:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin
Well, its true. If Der Furhrer's congressprivy council would just rubber stamp what Der Furhrer demands, then he wouldn't have to do recess appointments. < / sarcasm >
8 posted on 01/25/2013 12:32:27 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kaslin

OMG!!!! Is there nothing that the Democrat Media will not blame on a “republican”? Now “The Republicans made me do it” line is gonna be played by DEAR LEADER? Guess we’re still on the elementary school playground.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 12:36:03 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Kaslin

The Republican devils made Obama do it?? Good grief. I just know this was deliberate on Obama’s part...so watch what the other hand is doing.


10 posted on 01/25/2013 12:36:07 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Kaslin

11 posted on 01/25/2013 12:40:44 PM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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To: Kaslin
Bucking Senate, Obama Appoints Consumer Chief

President Obama touched off a fierce election-year confrontation with Congressional Republicans on Wednesday, defying their deep opposition to appoint Richard Cordray as director of a new consumer protection agency and fill three labor board vacancies.

The decision to install the four nominees without Senate approval under the constitutional provision for making appointments when lawmakers are in recess was a provocative opening salvo in Mr. Obama’s re-election strategy of demonizing Congress. It threatened to ignite a legal challenge and left Republicans fuming that the president was abusing the recess privilege.


THE SENATE WASN'T IN RECESS BECAUSE REID DECIDED NOT TO ADJOURN THE FIRST DAY OF CONGRESS!!!
12 posted on 01/25/2013 12:45:27 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: eCSMaster

Uh oh. Now you’ve ticked off the “Discuss anything BUT the birth certificate” alleged freepers.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 12:47:55 PM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Kaslin

I was unaware of any “obligation” to support Tyranny?

They are CO-EQUAL branches of government!


15 posted on 01/25/2013 1:01:36 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

The Reps are worng because they exercised their constitutional authority and forced Obammie act unconstitutionally. ROFL! It almost makes my brain hurt.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 1:03:02 PM PST by CityCenter (Compromise is the welcome mat to deception.)
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To: a fool in paradise

MEMO to those who said that now it’ll all be blame on Obammy:

70 years after the October Revolution the Soviets blamed it on the evil imperialists. As does Don Rather’s pal Fidel to this day. The Left has to have somebody to blame for their failures. Can you blame them?

Get ready! The next recession, and we’ll be lucky if it’s only a recession, will be blamed on... (I’ll let you guess.)


17 posted on 01/25/2013 1:08:11 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Will be our fault for not being economic patriots.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 1:13:41 PM PST by CityCenter (Compromise is the welcome mat to deception.)
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Some FReeper must have that Far Side Cartoon.

Guys fishing on a lake, Mushroom cloud in the background...


19 posted on 01/25/2013 1:13:57 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Kaslin

20 posted on 01/25/2013 1:35:30 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Kaslin

HA-HA, Friday laugh!

Did they ever not blame Republicans?


21 posted on 01/25/2013 1:45:34 PM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends


What are the chances?



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22 posted on 01/25/2013 1:46:07 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Kaslin

As if anyone needed reminding, further proof that the DemocRATS and the OFM will bad-mouth Republicans over anything and everything.

Given that reality, why don’t Republicans start taking some positive steps for the country? They’re going to get trashed anyway.


23 posted on 01/25/2013 2:06:08 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile has killed more people than my guns.)
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To: Kaslin
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24 posted on 01/25/2013 2:20:39 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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To: Revolting cat!

The Carter Presidency was Richard Nixon’s fault. If he hadn’t been up for impeachment and Ford hadn’t replaced him, then pardoned him, we probably would NOT have had President Jimmy Carter without at least some sort of election battle.


25 posted on 01/25/2013 2:56:12 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Kaslin
Obama's response: "What difference at this point does it make?"

-PJ

26 posted on 01/25/2013 3:04:58 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Kaslin

Just like a liberal worry about whether this hurts Obama rather then worry about the damage it does to the constitution.


27 posted on 01/25/2013 3:08:15 PM PST by linn37
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To: Kaslin

Well, aren’t the Republicans responsible for everything evil in the world? mmmmm?

/s/

IMHO


28 posted on 01/25/2013 7:23:36 PM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

Well, aren’t the Republicans responsible for everything evil in the world? mmmmm?

/s/

IMHO


29 posted on 01/25/2013 8:26:46 PM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

Well, aren’t the Republicans responsible for everything evil in the world? mmmmm?

/s/

IMHO


30 posted on 01/25/2013 8:26:46 PM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

Well, aren’t the Republicans responsible for everything evil in the world? mmmmm?

/s/

IMHO


31 posted on 01/25/2013 8:26:46 PM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

Well, aren’t the Republicans responsible for everything evil in the world? mmmmm?

/s/

IMHO


32 posted on 01/25/2013 8:26:50 PM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

Well, aren’t the Republicans responsible for everything evil in the world? mmmmm?

/s/

IMHO


33 posted on 01/25/2013 8:26:50 PM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

Well, aren’t the Republicans responsible for everything evil in the world? mmmmm?

/s/

IMHO


34 posted on 01/25/2013 8:26:50 PM PST by ripley
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To: ripley

Yes, Republicans are even responsible for triple posts on Free Republic!


35 posted on 01/25/2013 8:28:05 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ripley

And they’re responsible for innumeracy!


36 posted on 01/25/2013 8:29:21 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Sorry! :>(


37 posted on 01/26/2013 11:40:16 AM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

The devil make me do that. Oh give me a break.


38 posted on 01/26/2013 11:42:32 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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