…despite the small, inconvenient fact that the Senate is, in fact, NOT in recess. But the Constitution is something for the little people, and our Dear Leader can’t be expected to honor a piece of paper written by a bunch of old white men so long ago.
President Barack Obama bypassed the U.S. Senate and summarily installed Richard Cordray, the former Ohio attorney general, as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday.
Hours later, Obama filled three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board, possibly the only agency Republicans dislike more than the consumer bureau.
The White House called these “recess appointments,” even though Congress technically wasn’t in recess. In doing so, the president is playing with fire. He risks an election-year legal challenge that could hamstring the consumer bureau and several other financial regulators whose pending confirmations will probably now stall. The president’s authority — and that of future executives — to fill administration posts without Senate approval may be limited by the courts. We think Obama risks too much to make what is largely a political point — that he, more than the Republican Party, stands by American workers and consumers
If Obama doesn’t need Senate approval to do anything he wants, why do we even have a Senate (it surely isn’t to pass a budget).