Jonathan Bernstein makes a catch he plausibly calls the best self-refuting argument ever. See, Diane Black, one of the House Republicans sponsoring a resolution complaining about President Obama’s recent recess appointments, issued a press release with the following two lines:
I hope the House considers my resolution as soon as we return to Washington so we can send a message to President Obama.
[The NLRB appointee] names were only put forward on Dec. 15, a mere two days before the Senate recessed for the holiday.
So … the House wasn’t in town and the Senate had recessed for the holiday, but it’s an outrage to the Constitution that Obama made a recess appointment, and just as soon as Diane Black gets back into town from her non-recess and Republican leadership stops blocking anything from getting done, the House is going to register its outrage over this abuse. And, while Black claims that the recess appointments are “an affront to the Constitution … [that] doesn’t pass the smell test,” in fact, as David Waldman notes, “the outrage fails the old ‘show me in the Constitution where it says you can’t do that’ test,” since the Constitution says nothing about how long a recess has to be for recess appointments to be made.
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