In addition to naming Richard Cordray to head the new consumer bureau, President Obama will also use recess appointments to install his picks to the National Labor Relations Board, reports Greg Sargent.
“Obama’s move, which will help energize unions in advance of the 2012
election, is yet another sign that he is determined to circumvent GOP
opposition and make government functional again by any means necessary.
It’s another sign that the White House and Dems have abanoned the
illusion that anything can be done to secure bipartisan compromise with
Republicans on the major items on Obama’s agenda.”
Adam Serwer: “According to reports from the Congressional Research Service, during their time in office President Ronald Reagan made 240 recess appointments, President George H. W. Bush made 77 recess appointments, President Bill Clinton made 140 recess appointments, and George W. Bush made 171. Obama’s first term has seen a paltry 28. In this context, Obama’s move seems less like a power grab and more like the proverbial 98-pound weakling taking a second to wipe the sand out of his eyes.”
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire