Friday Follow: GOP Presidential Hopefuls, Obama's Recess Appointments

Friday, January 06, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. Among the headlines, after Mitt Romney squeezed out Rick Santorum by just eight votes in the Iowa caucuses, his hometown newspaper, The Boston Globe, endorsed rival Jon Huntsman. Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race after placing last in Tuesday's caucuses. President Obama and Congressional Republicans are doing battle again, this time over his recess appointment of Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

This Friday Follow features Jeff Yang, writer of the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and bloger for our co-producer WNYC’s Political Website, It's a Free Country; Ron Christie, Republican political strategist and political contributor for the Takeaway and It’s a Free Country, and Farai Chideya, journalist and blogger at

Comments [3]


Obama says it is for "consumer protection" and journalists parrot the talking and believe it without question?
How do they know he is telling the truth? Because the President who took an oath to defend the Constitution and now possibly violating the Constitution is saying just trust me?
Will this kind of laughable credulity among the press embolden the President to defy the Constitution again?

Jan. 07 2012 05:21 PM

I could be mistaken, but I must ask; did anyone ask Todd Zwillich about the subject of the Obama recess appointments? If he was asked on this program, I didn't hear it.

The reason for my question, is that I saw Todd had Tweeted that the Senate was NOT in recess. As I recall the Tweets, I think Todd was using all caps, or exclamation marks, and repeating the phrase. Not in recess!

It is simply not possible to imagine a Republican presiedent doing the same and getting similar treatment from the NYT/public radio wing of the media. And in fact, James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal pointed that out yesterday, with a pair of quotes from the Times. The first from the Bush era and the second from the Obama era. What a difference an era makes!:

~~~"It is disturbing that President Bush has exhibited a grandiose vision of executive power that leaves little room for public debate, the concerns of the minority party or the supervisory powers of the courts. But it is just plain baffling to watch him take the same regal attitude toward a Congress in which his party holds solid majorities in both houses. Seizing the opportunity presented by the Congressional holiday break, Mr. Bush announced 17 recess appointments--a constitutional gimmick. . . . Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton made scores of recess appointments. But both of them faced a Congress controlled by the opposition party, while the Senate has been under Republican control for Mr. Bush's entire five years in office."--editorial, New York Times, Jan. 9, 2006
~~~"Nearly six months after it opened its doors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finally has a director, after President Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray. . . . Mr. Obama also appointed three new and qualified members to the National Labor Relations Board. . . . Announcing the appointments, Mr. Obama also asserted a welcome new credo: 'When Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.' Hear. Hear."--editorial, New York Times, Jan. 5, 2012

Jan. 06 2012 10:35 AM

Notice how nobody makes a reasonable argument how the President's action is NOT unconstitutional and one guest makes excuses for this underhanded overreach which is just the latest insult to the separation of powers from this "constitutional scholar" President.

If the US Congress does not object to an unaccountable head of a powerful regulatory agency and if Congress does not object to clearly unconstitutional actions by the President who is desperately trying to launch it, than who does?
Certainly not credulous journalists who repeat talking points who are accountable to no one since they do not take an oath to defend the US Constitution like members of Congress do by law.

" The President is banking on this anger in that particular point of it, he may be correct"
In other words the President who cynically accused others of putting politics ahead of the national interest is doing exactly that himself by deliberately flirting with a constitutional crisis for his own political benefit and retention of power like he deliberately provoked an economic crisis with the debt ceiling debacle last summer which his party could have easily raised on their own a year earlier.

.....and truth seeking journalists applaud and condone all the obvious political mendacity on cue.

Jan. 06 2012 10:16 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.