Four More Years – of This?
by Patrick J. Buchanan
In what The Washington Post called “a bold act of political defiance,” President Obama Wednesday announced the recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Cordray’s nomination had been blocked by a Senate filibuster. There was no way he was going to win approval in 2012.
Enraged Republicans denounced the appointment as an affront and a usurpation of power, for the Senate had not formally gone into recess.
The White House airily dismissed the Republican rage, saying no Senate business is being conducted during the Christmas-New Year break, and to argue that the Senate is still in session is a sham.
Obama seemed to delight in his Trumanesque contempt:
“I will not sit by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people they were elected to serve. … Not at this make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans.”
Cordray’s appointment will be contested in the courts. Yet it will likely stand, though it’s in-your-face aspect added appreciably to the bad blood bubbling in this city.
The Obamaites seem not to care.