Archive for January 5th, 2012

SurveyUSA, Kansas poll – Which Republican has the best chance to beat Barack Obama?

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Kansans say it’s Mitt Romney at 38%, Newt Gingrich at 15%, and Ron Paul at 14%.

Jay Cost, Weekly Standard – What Iowa Tells Us About the State of the Race

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Jay Cost.

Sasha Issenberg, Slate – How Romney’s five years of hard work in Iowa paid off this week

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Slate.

Karl Rove – After winning Iowa, Mitt Romney is now the heavy favorite

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Wall Street Journal editors – Contempt for Congress. Obama makes recess appointments when there’s no recess

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The Journal’s editors:

Remember those terrible days of the Imperial Presidency, when George W. Bush made several “recess appointments” to overcome Senate opposition? Well, Czar George II never did attempt what President Obama did yesterday in making recess appointments when Congress isn’t even on recess.

Eager to pick a fight with Congress as part of his re-election campaign, Mr. Obama did the Constitutional equivalent of sticking a thumb in its eye and hitting below the belt. He installed Richard Cordray as the first chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and named three new members to the National Labor Relations Board. He did so even though the Senate was in pro forma session after the new Congress convened this week.

Leon Wolf, RedState – A Blatant Assault on the Constitutional Separation of Powers

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Wolf:

This is nothing less than an assault by President Obama on the entire institution of the Senate. And it appears to serve no purpose other than Obama telling the Senate that he will do whatever he darn well pleases.

I can safely say that this is the ballsiest thing I have ever seen a President do that served absolutely no meaningful purpose at all. If Congress – and I am including Congressional Democrats in this – takes this lying down, it will set a breathtaking precedent and instantaneously demolish a significant part of Congress’ relevance. Consider that if Congress allows this to stand, then the next Republican President might just announce Jay Sekulow for his next SCOTUS appointment, and then two weeks later when the Senate breaks for the weekend, declare them in recess and appoint him to the Court. If Democrats consider this to be an undesirable view of the future, I would suggest that they figure out a way to cooperate with Republicans in making Obama pay a very real price for this blatant slap at their constitutional authority.

John Yoo, National Review – Richard Cordray & the Use and Abuse of Executive Power

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Yoo:

The Constitution does not define what a “recess” is — the Senate adjourns for short periods of time, and the question becomes when an “adjournment” becomes long enough to turn into a “recess.” In the past, attorneys general and presidents have thought that an adjournment would have to be longer than at least ten days to become a “recess.”

But President Obama is making a far more sweeping claim. Here, as I understand it, the Senate is not officially in adjournment (they have held “pro forma” meetings, where little to no business occurs, to prevent Obama from making exactly such appointments). So there is no question whether the adjournment has become a constitutional “recess.” Rather, Obama is claiming the right to decide whether a session of Congress is in fact a “real” one based, I suppose, on whether he sees any business going on.

Timothy Noah, New Republic – President Obama broke the law by appointing Richard Cordray to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without Senate

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Noah:

As someone who strongly supported a recess appointment for Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, I’m confused as to why President Obama chose to act today. Had he appointed Cordray yesterday, during a brief period when the Senate was technically in recess, the action would have been supported by precedent. Apparently, though, that appointment would have lasted only through 2012. By appointing Cordray today, Obama can keep him at CFPB through 2013.

The trouble is that the Senate isn’t in recess.

Bloomberg editorial – Congress wasn’t in recess, but Obama made “recess appointment” of Richard Cordray

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Bloomberg editors.

Charles Krauthammer – Obama is “lawless” to appoint first Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leader without Senate approval

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Fox News video.

Political “expert” Meghan McCain – If John McCain endorsed Rick Santorum, “I would be like slitting my wrists on the table right now.”

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Video.

New Mitt Romney TV ad in South Carolina – “Free Enterprise”

Thursday, January 5th, 2012