Archive for March 28th, 2010

Sunday Mr. Deity Blogging

Mr. Deity tries to nip the whole Science thing in the bud.

Remember when we talked to that Einstein guy about how E = MC Hammer?

March 28th, 2010 at 06:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Mr. Deity,Religion

Can’t Vs. Won’t

Much like healthcare reform and the public option, Obama’s slate of recess appointments once again show us that his failures are not the result of Republican obstruction, or even craven weakness in the face of Republican obstruction.  They are, in fact, deliberate choices.

Congratulations to Craig Becker, who has finally gotten his recess appointment to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. As well as 14 other people who were similarly recess appointed today.

Not on that list?

Dawn Johnsen.

Also per emptywheel, the White House’s “explanation” for the omission (“we didn’t appoint her because we didn’t appoint her; maybe we’ll appoint her later, it’s all the Republicans’ fault”) is not an explanation at all, especially when you consider that OLC is kind of an important office to be leaving vacant, and Johnsen has been waiting well over a year at this point:

Of the 77 people on the calendar, we are only recess appointing 15 and there are a number of qualified individuals the President has nominated that do not fall in this group.  If the Republicans do not end their campaign of obstruction, the President reserves the option of exerting his authority to recess appoint qualified individuals in the future, but our hope is that we can move beyond the partisan politics that have held up the process for the last fifteen months for the good of the American people.

Labor got Becker because they were in line for a reward for backing Obama’s godawful public-optionless healthcare reform bill, but the Constitution and the Office of Legal Counsel have no constituency – or at least not one that can deliver dollars or votes, and certainly not one that Obama gives a damn about.  Just like the public option.

March 28th, 2010 at 02:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Labor,Obama,Wankers


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