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  •  Ultimately, it comes down to this: (13+ / 0-)

    how will Reid's decision affect the President's ability to move his agenda forward over the next four years.  I think Brian Buetler at TPM made some very good points:

    More broadly, the decision would severely curtail the use of the recess appointment, which has been used frequently and with only modest controversy for nearly a century.

    The decision also has implications for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In early 2012, Obama used his recess appointment power to make Richard Cordray director of the CFPB, after Senate Republicans rejected his nomination. Cordray was renominated by Obama this week, but remains in his post by virtue of the recess appointment. The CFPB can’t execute many of its powers without a director.

    Thus, Senate Republicans, hostile to both the NLRB and the CFPB, had made clear that they would use their filibuster powers to keep all nominees from being confirmed in perpetuity. Additionally, they employed tactics that Democrats had used to effectively strip President George W. Bush of his recess appointment power at the end of his presidency, forcing the Senate to conduct pro forma sessions every three days during traditional intra-session recesses; and preventing the Senate from entering an intersession recess between the first and second halves of the 112th Congress, all to prevent Obama from resuscitating these agencies.

    (all emphasis mine)

    Our nation will face a number of critical issues over the next four years, and if the Republicans use the filibuster to thwart Obama's efforts to impliment meaningful change, then there is no way to realistically put a positive spin on Reid's actions.

    In other words, if the DC panel’s opinion is upheld, it would empower the Senate minority to nullify the president’s constitutional recess appointment power, using technical peculiarities of the Senate’s own rules. That’s immensely frustrating to some Democrats, whose efforts to limit the Senate minority’s filibuster power were quashed by party leaders just a day before the opinion was released.

    Per one Democrat, “It’s so ironic that a day after they miss that [filibuster reform] opportunity, that they come down with this decision that eviscerates recess appointments completely.

    Here's a link to the article:

    •  Designs Are Not Ironic (1+ / 0-)
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      How is it ironic that Reid gets to leave the country ruled by the 1% by squandering the chance he had to protect Obama's stated agenda?

      That kind of coincidence is't irony. Its a plan.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:57:52 PM PST

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