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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks at CPAC 2012
John Cornyn sees his chance to attack both Barack Obama and the government's ability to function, and he's taking it.
Three Republican senators are seizing on the recent appeals court ruling invalidating President Barack Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, pushing a bill that would stop work at the NLRB and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until the Senate confirms NLRB members and a director for the CFPB. Which the Senate is unlikely to do as long as it's Obama doing the nominating, so really this is about preventing two agencies that Republicans don't much like from doing their work.

The NLRB requires a quorum to function, and with Republicans filibustering Obama's nominations to the board, he made recess appointments in January, 2012. He also recess appointed Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; without a director the CFPB can fulfill some of its functions but not others, and of course, not wanting the bureau to exist at all, Republicans don't want to confirm someone, let alone someone committed to strong oversight.

There's an added bonus for Republican Sens. Mike Johanns, John Cornyn, and Lamar Alexander in introducing this bill—it's not just about hampering or stopping the work of agencies overseeing workers' rights and consumer protection, it's about attacking Obama's legitimacy as president:

"American democracy was born out of a rejection of the monarchies of Western Europe, anchored by limited government and separation of powers," said Cornyn. "We refuse to stand by as this President arrogantly casts aside our Constitution and defies the will of the American people under the guise of defending them."
Obama made some recess appointments—specifically, Obama has made 32 recess appointments as compared with George W. Bush's 171—therefore he is arrogant, like colonial monarchs, and defying the will of the American people as interpreted by John Cornyn. Apparently the American people feel that unless no extremist Republican senator puts a secret hold on a nominee, and unless a supermajority of 60 senators vote to confirm a nominee, then federal agencies should be unable to function, per Cornyn.

Cornyn, self-styled defender of the separation of powers that he currently is, continued thinking Dick Cheney was just grand in spite of Cheney's insistence that he belonged to a fourth branch of government and as such wasn't subject to the law.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:33 AM PST.

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  •  Perhaps Senators should take a moment (12+ / 0-)

    and realize that when all is said and done, Barack Obama is going to have been President for eight years. Eventually, they are going to have to resign themselves to the fact that they're going to have to confirm or reject appointees.

    Perhaps these people should start doing their jobs. "Advise and consent" is not spelled "Sour Grapes".

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:40:01 AM PST

    •  This is what "rejecting" looks like (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      pengiep, commonmass, hnichols

      these days . . .

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:44:34 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  No, they're not going to resign themselves. (7+ / 0-)

      As the party of reaction with innate hostility to government (except for the national security state), the GOP has no problem throwing every possible obstacle in Obama's path.  They have managed to keep significant portions of the government off balance, if not entirely dysfunctional.  

      The feckless Senate Dems, as usual, are the enablers.

    •  They want to shut down agencies (3+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, bear83, bdop4

      The GoP's strategy, while an insult to Obama's authority, is to cripple the work of the agencies they're targeted.  

      Even if Obama went along with their demands for different appointees, they would never be satisfied unless it was an appointee of their own choice.

      Their ultimate goal is to defenestrate those agencies, so their corporate lobbyist friends can run roughshod over consumers and workers and reel in even greater profits.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:06:38 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well.. Obama's appointments were an insult (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        coffeetalk

        to begin with.. an insult to Congress.

        The White House knew these were very iffy appointments.  They decided to break with tradition observed by other recent presidents to honor the pro forma sessions of Congress.  And the courts, albeit a conservative one, slapped them upside the head for it.

        I don't like what the GOP is doing as far as appointments go.  They shouldn't be able to hold them up forever.  And Harry Reid should have corrected that in his recent negotiations on the filibuster. He didn't.

        But you cannot dismiss the White House's culpability in this mess.

        •  excuse me? "culpability" - the way government (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          bdop4, maryannm

          works (or USED to) is that the elected president gets to choose HIS team to put forward his policies and leadership style.

          never before has any congress wholesale refused to fill positions or unilaterally refused to confirm appointees.  this is a direct result of turtle o'connell's pact to block everything obama wanted to ensure he was a one-term president.  

          sadly, for the nation, this fool has done ireparable harm to the rest of us by forcing the dysfunction onto the entire economy and system.

          obama won the election.  twice.  he has the RIGHT to appoint those that will help him do the job to which he was elected - the job that WE elected him to do - not the job that the republicans want done!

          there is no "culpability" from the white house - the "culpability" belongs squarely on republican obstructionist shoulders.

          that the argument would even be attempted to blame obama for his choices only plays into the hands of those who are determined to destroy this nation:  republican/tea party extremists (and not so extremist members who have gone along with the "plan")

          EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

          by edrie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:15:47 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Obama was in the right, but wrong Constitutionally (0+ / 0-)

            And the White House likely knew it.

            I don't disagree with anything you say, really.  Congress is dysfunctional.  Past Senates have got around the same dysfunction, however.  Look at the gang of 14 agreement.

            It is hard for me to believe there isn't something the GOPers want bad enough that they won't trade some up or down appointment votes for.  There is absolutely no leadership in Congress and there is nothing coming from the White House to break the log jam.

            •  the white house cannot break the log jam (0+ / 0-)

              it is the executive branch - one of three separate branches that cannot force either of the other two if those two choose not to cooperate.

              i don't know where this myth of the white house "making" the other brsnches got started - but it isn't possible now and never has been.

              i'm not saying you are the source of this thinking - but i think too many people have bought into the false meme that the president can "make" things happen.  only on very rare occasions (kennedy's death and lbj's knowledge of how to strongarm a reluctant party during the aftermath) does that happen.

              the biggest value a president carries into disagreement is the support of the public - and as long as the dems blame other dems instead of republicans, we are a house divided and the republicans continue to obstruct!

              EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

              by edrie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 03:39:21 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

        •  whaaa? (1+ / 0-)
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          PinHole

          It seems every comment you make has a tea bagger slant to it.  Where do you get your information from?  What you posted is a lie.

          FACT:  The GOP has BLOCKED more APPOINTMENTS made by President Obama than ANY OTHER PRESIDENT IN HISTORY.

          FACT:  In his first year they only approved 42%!  The next percentage after this was 86% for Bush.  

          Why do you lie and bamboozle?

    •  why? (0+ / 0-)

      they can get to that when a Republican becomes President.

  •  Bald-faced unashamed lying sacks of shit. (14+ / 0-)

    'nuff said.

    Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. ALL ROYALTIES BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 1, DONATED TO THIS SITE, DAILYKOS!! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:42:45 AM PST

  •  Really great job... (24+ / 0-)

    On that Filibuster reform, there, Harry.

    'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

    by RichM on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:42:53 AM PST

    •  Can someone explain to me again (0+ / 0-)

      why Harry had the Senate still in session over the break which caused this disaster?

      •  It wasn't Reid (0+ / 0-)

        it was the Republicans.

        Democrats did the exact same thing during Bush's two terms.

      •  House Republicans caused the Pro Forma sessions (3+ / 0-)

        The House has to agree for the Senate to adjourn, and they won't agree in order to prevent recess appointments by the President.

        Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

        by bear83 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:57:20 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Since when does the House have veto power (0+ / 0-)

          over the Senate's business?

          The layers and levels of collusion and intrigue are impenetrable, with Harry Reid and the so-called traditionalists complicit in assuring the administration's business, and the whole nomination process, remain tied up in knots...

          That changing the rules thing on the first day of a new congress really ought to be strategized well in advance next time, with the newer members organizing with the true progressives in the caucus to forge some binding new leadership agreements - with no negotiating the filibuster rules on nominations, no secret holds, guaranteed up or down votes, public transparency - all spelled out in advance.

          Why the senate has to appear opaque and oblique to the public in its movement of legislation is a disservice to the country and a tribute only to the hubris of its members' myopic righteousness.  That senators refuse to be responsive to the needs of a well functioning government, even by the simple act of approving appointed judges and officials - they call this public service?  Hardly...

          "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

          by Beastly Fool on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:39:14 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Thanks for the answer! (1+ / 0-)
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          bear83

          I didn't realize that both the Senate and the House needed to agree to adjourn.

          That means perpetual sessions until one Party controls both and the irony that even though Congress never adjourns they are conducting business on fewer days than ever before.

  •  BREAKING!!! DOG BITES MAN!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Mr MadAsHell

    (With all due apologies to dogs and their lovers.)

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:43:48 AM PST

  •  Good thing Harry Reid fixed that issue with the (18+ / 0-)

    filibuster.

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:44:35 AM PST

  •  Great Job Harry. (14+ / 0-)

    Make sure to email and tweet Reid and let him know that he is responsible for the GOP obstruction.  Do the same for Levin, Boxer, Feinstein, Leahy for that matter.  

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:44:58 AM PST

  •  They need to be aggressively attacked (12+ / 0-)

    32 recess appointments versus 171.  And yet the 171 were OK and the 32 are not.  IOKIYAR indeed.  The hypocrisy is just stunning.  And it needs to be broadcast 24/7 on every media outlet there is.

  •  I thought Harry Reid and Yertle the Turtle... (11+ / 0-)

    fixed the fillibuster so work, like appointments, could now get done?

    How's the agreement working out Harry?  

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:45:31 AM PST

    •  Just like that DINO Harry wanted it too. If he (1+ / 0-)
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      bdop4

      REALLY fixed the filibuster, then he'd be responsible for Senate dysfunction and no way he wants that responsibility.

      "Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens," -Friedrich Schiller "Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in Vain"

      by pengiep on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:50:33 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's Kabuki (1+ / 0-)
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      DSPS owl

      mixed with rancid old Third Way triangulation.

      I suppose this is one of the reasons why Hilda Solis resigned?

      The song and dance over the appointments process gives Reid and the WH a fig leaf of deniability when the GOP throttles down the NLRB and CFPB.

      Corporate lobbyists have already paid both sides handsomely to enact their own agendas on consumer protection and worker's rights.  

      They want the dogs leashed and muzzled.  Obama, Reid & the other ConservaDems want to maintain an appearance of disapproval while still allowing it to happen.

      So yeah, everyone on both sides goes through the motions, ConservaDems avoid the blame and the agencies activities are throttled down.  All three sides win.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:19:07 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Re (1+ / 0-)
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    HappyinNM

    Sick to death of the hypocrisy on this issue.

    Dems cheered on the Democratic Senate for holding pro-forma sessions to prevent George Bush from recess appointments.

    Now in Obama's term there is grinding of teeth that Republicans are doing the same thing.

    Is it too much to ask that there be any kind of consistency that doesn't depend on whether your party holds or doesn't hold the Presidency (or Congress)?

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:45:35 AM PST

    •  No, because we aren't interested (2+ / 0-)
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      JerryNA, bear83

      in ideology rigidity. We want to improve the country instead. By any legal means necessary.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:52:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  The Repubs say the same thing (0+ / 0-)

        Meanwhile, Rome burns as people have no respect for the process, only outcomes.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:57:14 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  The difference is, (0+ / 0-)

          we have demonstrably better outcomes in mind, what with the historical evidence and science-y stuff on our side. If you don't believe that, you are, once again, participating on the wrong blog.

          "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

          by bryduck on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:06:21 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Blah blah (0+ / 0-)

            Republicans, again, say the same thing.

            The process and consistency is more important than any policy outcome. That's how you end up not a banana republic.

            (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
            Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

            by Sparhawk on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:37:43 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  All POTUS has to do is appoint "acceptable"... (0+ / 0-)

        ...nominees to these post, right? Chris Cox, Neel Kashkari, Richard Fuld, etc.

        /snark in case one's meter is malfunctioning

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:24:08 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Not by my lights, but maybe you (0+ / 0-)

          aren't disagreeing with me? I do not see Obama as helping, if that makes me more comprehensible . . .

          "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

          by bryduck on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:07:18 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Who was it the Democrats kept from (2+ / 0-)
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      AnnieR, cybersaur

      being recess appointed.

      "But the problem with any ideology is that it gives the answer before you look at the evidence." - President Clinton

      by anonevent on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:04:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Re (0+ / 0-)

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:43:51 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  From the story (2+ / 0-)
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          cybersaur, PinHole

          "Bush has used the power before to install nominees whose confirmation Senate Democrats had blocked. The most notable instance came in August 2005 when he angered Democrats by naming John Bolton as U.N. ambassador.

          "My hope is that this will prompt the president to see that it is in our mutual interests for the nominations process to get back on track," Reid said in a statement.

          Reid said the Bush administration had informed him that several recess appointments would be made during the Thanksgiving break. At the same time, Reid said the White House has been unwilling to confirm nominations Democratic leaders have made to agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission."

          Has the WH done anything comparable? Recess appointing a sack of shit like John Bolton to the UN would have been enough for me.

    •  Obama (5+ / 0-)

      has made if a count well less than 30 recess appointments. GWB made 179. Clinton in the 130s

      Obama is being discriminated against, sometimes by the same senators. Period

    •  Obama & Reid don't really mind (0+ / 0-)

      Their goals are the same - to use a dysfunctional Senate to please corporate donors.

      If ConservaDems really wanted to protect those agencies, they would have committed to better filibuster reform.

      Their agreement in the latter probably contained a list of GOP obstructions the WH and Reid were willing to allow along with a few appointments the GOP are willing to let Obama make.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:23:02 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  please stop with this falsehood. it is (0+ / 0-)

        counterproductive and it is simply untrue.

        this "corporate donor" accusation shows a total lack of understanding of how this government is functioning under the extremist behavior of the republicans.

        you are only giving the republicans/tea party cover when you make such fasle accusations.

        it is not accurate, it is insulting to keep reading and it is a flippin' conspiracy theory that has no basis in fact behind it.

        EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

        by edrie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:20:26 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Since Citizens United (0+ / 0-)

          our government doesn't work the way it's supposed to.  There's been a major shift in power in our government. The incentives have been changed from representing constituents to representing those who can fund billion dollar political campaigns.  

          Until we get the money out of politics, this kind of legislative malpractice will continue.

          Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

          by Betty Pinson on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 03:38:01 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  i so agree with you here! citizens united needs (0+ / 0-)

            to become CITIZENS united to correct the travesty brought into our system by the roberts court!  we no longer have three co-equal branches of government - we have two powers abusing their authority while the executive branch tried to go back to its normal function after bush!

            when only one branch tries to play by the rules, they get trampled by the other two.

            EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

            by edrie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 04:19:36 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  You are NO Progressive or Democrat (0+ / 0-)

        Do you enjoy coming here and stirring things up with lies and accusations?  Apparently so.  Please go somewhere like redstate, drudge, etc where you can commiserate with your like minded Bagger Bubble Buddies.

  •  IIRC Conryn was in charge of retaking the Senate (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, HappyinNM

    Got stuck with a bunch of unmanageable crazies and failed to retake the senate.

    He's now stuck in 10th level of hell spouting the kind of crazytalk that DeMint used to do.......

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:46:27 AM PST

  •  They jus can't hep themselves. (0+ / 0-)

    They want to pretend they're normal and human, but they open their mouths and out pops a radical and insane right winger.    

    Here's hoping they take all the rope we need to make 2014 a blow out.  

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:48:23 AM PST

  •  Gosh, if there were only some way that we could (12+ / 0-)

    overcome Republican Senators' filibustering for no good reason.  Oh that's right, Harry Reid and a big chunk of Senate Dems didn't have the nuts.  So cry me a river on filibustering Obama nominees.

  •  Checks and balances is one thing. (3+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, bear83, Larry Parker

    Impeding the President's responsibility to implement the laws of Congress is another thing all together.

    Certainly there is a legal case in there somewhere?

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    by Mr MadAsHell on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:49:06 AM PST

  •  Let's all write Harry Reid a little thank you note (12+ / 0-)

    His failure to end the filibuster means that none of this is going to get fixed.  Thanks Harry for nothing.

    Continued hold on Judges, continued hold on appointments and just wait for the next Supreme Court vacancy.  This should have been dealt with, it is the only important thing the Senate can do without the House's approval.  It wasn't and that is a massive failure.

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:50:25 AM PST

    •  Supreme Court is easier... (2+ / 0-)
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      Iberian, Eyesbright

      ...than lower positions.

      It's a big deal to hold up a Supreme Court nominee, but you ever hear in casual conversation "the Republicans are holding up the nomination of this random 3rd circuit court of appeals judge!"?

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:53:02 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Left and Libertarian (0+ / 0-)

        DON'T BELONG OR GO TOGETHER.  Just more bagger nonsense.

        •  ...wow. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          happy camper

          Except do you even know how many district court judgeships are vacant right now?

          I don't get why people are responding so harshly to him.  He's factually right.  They won't keep the SCOTUS seat open for years, although they will try to knock nominees out of consideration.  But trial court and even appellate court positions have been empty for years.

          "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

          by auron renouille on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:45:49 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Rope-a-Dope (4+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, JerryNA, cybersaur, Timothy J

    Make the appointments and appeal the court case.  The GOP doesn't care about "legalities".  Their ends justify their means.  Time to play the same game or they win all the time.  Do what Dems want and pack the courts like the GOP has done for 30 years.

    •  I wish (0+ / 0-)

      but the political will just isn't there. I think Obama could make a pretty good case that, first, the government isn't functioning, second, it's because the GOP in the Senate obstructs everything, and I mean everything, third, he has the responsibility to make the government function, fourth, the Constitution explicitly makes the three branches of government separate and equal, therefore fifth, he is going to ignore the Senate and make the appointments, and further, because the constitution makes all three branches separate and equal, he is also going to ignore the Court. If the GOP doesn't like it, they can give his appointees an up or down vote in the Senate and he will accept that.

  •  Whats the difference in the Senate? (2+ / 0-)
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    millwood, 3goldens

    What Cornyn and the Republicans are doing is simply the same thing as the NLRB. They are trying to shut it down.

    This is not governing, it's an attempt to dismantle an existing Democracy just because you lost the last two elections. It would be much easier if they just...

    GOT OVER IT ALREADY!!!!!!

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:50:49 AM PST

    •  Perhaps Obama should deal with these words... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      cyeko

      ...that Cornyn and his cohorts are saying and return the favor. They are accusing him of being a Monarch and ignoring the Constitution. Those are tall words and very dangerous to say for a sitting congressman. Perhaps he spoke too loudly?

      Maybe he needs to be taken to that proverbial political woodshed called obscurity. Obama should use his bully pulpit and call Cornyn out for his words.. LOUDLY!!!

      Here is how he should start.... HOW DARE YOU Sen Cornyn!!!

      Now add the rest.. Pres. Obama.. lol!

      "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

      by Wynter on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:55:26 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Article II, section 2 (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        cybersaur

        "The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session."

        So, Senator, tell me again how a recess appointment established in the Constitution violates the constitution?

        "Maybe life's meaning is not so much found, as it is made." Opus, by Berke Breathed

        by Lisa in Bama on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:48:41 AM PST

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  •  Cornyn is Right! By governing, Obama is (9+ / 0-)

    arrogantly defying the will of the American people.

    If the American people wanted Barack Obama to lead our nation, then they would have elected him to that office. Or something.

    "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

    by aggressiveprogressive on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:51:05 AM PST

  •  You want @#$%in' BAT S@#$ INSANITY? (0+ / 0-)

    I'll give you bat sh1t insanity!!! It ain't gonna be Big John running for prez in 2016!  http://wonkette.com/...  It's gonna be "He's more crazy than the love child of Michele Bachmann and Allen West!"

    Hey Teaparty! 4 more years of MuslimKenyanSocialism!

    by filby on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:52:29 AM PST

  •  Wouldn't It Be Nice... (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, cybersaur

    ...if there was political party that would stand up to the Republicans and advance the cause of working people, the middle class, and individual consumers? Maybe someday....

  •  In theory... (0+ / 0-)

    If all of the rules enacted by Obama's recess appointments are null and void, would that make all of Bush's null and void too?

    The struggle of today, is not altogether for today--it is for a vast future also. - Lincoln

    by estamm on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:56:05 AM PST

  •  I've lost most respect for the old guard Dems (5+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, ferg, dfe, bdop4, Larry Parker

    There was no way in hell Republicans would stop filibustering nominees and then they kept thinking of the filibuster as a necessary institutional tool than the weapon of delaying and obstruction it has been abused into. Crucial positions are still empty and nothing is going to get done and the Republicans just want to block every nominee until Obama is out of office so they can get the chance to fill those slots with other Republicans.

  •  Solution: Joe "4th Branch" Biden appoints (1+ / 0-)

    e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e, filling federal judicial vacancies to boot!

    You're welcome.

  •  The real hypocrisy is the "separation of powers" (1+ / 0-)
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    3goldens

    nonsense. The executive has the power to appoint his choices for heads of departments and his cabinet, as well as judicial appointments. Their denial of all of his choices is the Congress inserting itself into the powers of the executive branch. And those preventing the appointments are a minority of the Senate. This seems to be a pattern. They always accuse the President of doing exactly what they're doing.

  •  Frankly (1+ / 0-)
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    Larry Parker

    I am so sick and tired of these idiots that are 'running' our government but I am more scared of the idiots that actually ELECTED these idiots to their positions.  They dumb down education and then make these kind of statements.

    Time for the whole lot of them to just go.  

    Why do Republicans Hate Americans?

    by Caniac41 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:59:36 AM PST

  •  Dear Obama: Just Say "No" (1+ / 0-)
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    bear83

    Please don't negotiate with hostage takers.  It only makes them bolder.

    This is patently ridiculous.

    Since Obama likes to educate and communicate with his opponents, perhaps he should spend some time explaining to the GOP and the corporate lobbyists who fund both parties how those agencies pose no threat to them or their businesses.  Unless they are criminals.

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:02:44 AM PST

  •  Well we knew this was coming, with that horrible (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, cybersaur

    ruling.  What a failure of the courts!

  •  100% corrupt (0+ / 0-)

    Not surprising since half their days are spent begging for money from "special interests" and the other half worrying about pissing off their benefactors/owners.

    Why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn't want to #&@$ in the first place? - George Carlin

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:14:49 AM PST

  •  Does anyone know if the ruling (1+ / 0-)
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    dfe

    of the appeals court can be challenged?  And, if it can be challenged, is the DOJ doing anything to follow through on that?  IANAL but it would seem that the rights of the PEOPLE are being harmed by this ruling.  The NLRB and the CFPB are lawfully created agencies and are needed to serve the people of this country.  No political party should have the ability to simply shut down and essentially prevent the operation of lawfully created agencies because they don't like them.  I'm sick and tired of Republicans pulling this crap to destroy this President while the PEOPLE are the ones who really are affected by their despicable actions.

    It also seems to me that U.S. Senators behaving this way is outrageous.  Where's the decorum and honor in doing this?!  At what point do these actions constitute insubordination?  They have been refusing to do their jobs for over four years.  Do we have to demand an Employee Handbook for the U.S. Senate that spells out what they can and can't do and what the punishment will be if they refuse to behave?!  Do we need to put a Time Out corner in their cloakroom?!

    "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

    by 3goldens on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:17:56 AM PST

  •  Speaking of appointments (0+ / 0-)

    Doesn't look John McAngry will be voting to confirm Chuck Hagel based on his ridiculously partisan questioning of him today. What a tool.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:19:33 AM PST

  •  Why the hell do these (3+ / 0-)

    clowns believe they have the right to hold the rest of us hostage?

    Were they actually elected to run the country into the ground?

    Is that their sole purpose for serving in office?

    “One look, and your life was absolutely changed,” said Michael McGowan, one of the first police officers to arrive at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, as a gunman, in the space of minutes, killed 20 first graders and 6 adults.

    by lyvwyr101 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:19:42 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Harry! (5+ / 0-)
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    Losty, bdop4, cybersaur, bear83, Timothy J

    "Which the Senate is unlikely to do as long as it's Obama doing the nominating...."

    Or as long as Harry Reid is Majority Leader.

    Situations like this are the very reason I bought into the "filibuster reform" nonsense.  Stupid me! I actually thought that the Democrats -- at least the Senate Democratic leadership -- were serious about fixing the senate so that stuff would get done without Reid and his Republican buddies bollixing things up.

    Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice....

  •  Government doesn't work... (1+ / 0-)
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    Lily O Lady

    can never work so let's throw some more monkey wrenches into the gears to prove it. These anarchists will use any opening any ploy to shut down any benefit government may do for the common, everyday, working guy or gal! Recess appointments made "illegitimate" by Rethug appointee judges...great! Shut it all down!

  •  How Many Bush Decisions Can Be Discarded Also???? (0+ / 0-)

    Surely there are dozens of actions taken by the Bush administration that can be challenged on this basis.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:38:48 AM PST

  •  Nuclear Fucking Option (1+ / 0-)
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    Larry Parker

    It's time to start talking about the original nuclear option allowing a majority to stop a filibuster on constitutional grounds at any time -- not just when Senate rules are set at the beginning of a session. As currently constructed 41 senators can halt the business of any agency that has appointed chairpersons. That cannot be constitutional as it usurps executive power, and even the power of the congress that created the affected agency.

    Fuck the Democrats for not fixing this when they had the chance.

    •  I agree with that (0+ / 0-)

      Let SOME PARTY accomplish SOMETHING in the Senate. Even if the Repugnicant's get a 51 vote majority at some point in the future, and even if they vote to destroy the country. But UNTIL SUCH TIME let the Democrats get things done with a 51 vote majority, and not a 60 vote majority, which of course, the Dems do not have now.

      Plus if the Dems get the country working better, then the odds of the Rethugs getting a majority of 51 or more Senators in the future goes down.

  •  The GOP is the wooden shoe in the gears (0+ / 0-)

    of governance.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:35:38 AM PST

  •  Republicans follow the Reid-McConnell gentleman's (0+ / 0-)

    agreement on the filibuster with immediate demonstrations of bad faith.

  •  BLAME REID, FEINSTEIN, LEAHY, AND DURBIN (0+ / 0-)

    This would be no issue if we had a real filibuster. Reid and the old farts opted to let the Republican minority block everything they wanted to.

    Period.

    This is their fault. No ifs ands, or butts

    "There's no ideology [t]here [on the right]. It's just about being a dick." Bill Maher, June 22, 2012.

    by caseynm on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:24:13 PM PST

  •  how much more dysfunctional do these right wing (0+ / 0-)

    zealots want government and this nation to be?

    from the nutcases in congress to the far right judges - they aren't trying to symbolically drown government in the bathtub, they are trying to drown all americans they disagree with (and a few republicans who are collateral damage thrown in).

    the "new world order" of republican teahadists:

    * kill the financial credibility of the nation on a worldwide basis.

    * let blue states be destroyed by extreme weather.

    * deny extreme weather has a human related cause.

    * deplete the jobs in america through outsoursing.

    * flood america with guns to kill off those stupid "pacifists".

    * arrest, prosecute and harass to death people seeking alreadyinformation openly available to the public.

    * lie, lie lie about the political process until people are disaffected and cynical

    * control the media to perpetuate those lies mentioned above

    * pack the congress with obstructionists to prevent any real functioning of our government

    * destroy the public education system

    * legislate science out of schools

    and what can we do about it?  we need to come together to vote the people out of congress who are doing the damage.  we need to find a way to remove (impeach?) judges with agendas.  we need to start now to pressure the roberts court (roberts, specifically) to let roberts know that his legacy will be one that is worse than any other in history if he backs these efforst to "re-write" the constitution to suit pseudochristian conservatives who are the antipathy of everything this nation was founded upon!

    ugh.

    if these three judges succeed in erasing these recess appointments, other neoconservative judges will be emboldened to try to eradicate any OTHER progressive change or legal action that doesn't fit their agenda.

    i am worried, truly worried, about the future of this nation if this ruling stands.  the idea that appointed judges can retroactively re-write the long-standing rights of the executive branch won't be the last.  next, i fear, we will see a small contingent trying to declare any progressive or "liberal" law passed by the majority as unconstitutional - throwing the ultimate decision into the hands of a packed court.

    that the senate has prohibited the appointment of so many unfilled jobs in government goes unnoticed - yet, the right wing still tries to make sure government cannot function at all unless it is in the direction of the minority agenda.

    i am truly frightened by the obviously unqualified and mentally unbalanced people who have been elected to make laws in this nation - from federal to state level.  we are becoming a nation obstructed by idiots, elected by idiots who are trying to make sure that everyone else behaves like an idiot.

    the ONLY way i see us coming out of this is if we unite against that group and work for their ousting from political power.

    we cannot do that by being at each other's throats here and on other sites while they keep slipping past us and building a more solid hurdle for us to try to cross.

    we have a common enemy - and it isn't here - it is in front of our eyes in congress, in the courts, in the state houses and local school boards, board of supervisors, mayors offices, etc.

    we need to get back to basics!  all politics are local - and then build up from there!

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:10:20 PM PST

  •  Goal (0+ / 0-)

    The goal of the Republicans is that the National Labor Relations Board and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau not be able to function. An in the end be done away with. Because I truly believe that in some Republican Senator's minds these agencies hurt business development in this country. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is the decisions of these agencies that produce policies that promote safe work environments that produce safe quality products for consumers. This in turn produces a thriving business climate. We must contact our senators in Washington DC and tell them to confirm the president's appointments, so these agencies can continue to do their fine work.

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