Iain (here and here) and Dan (here) are right to be outraged at President Obama’s brazenness (if not lawlessness) on the recess appointments, but it is not like he lacks accomplices. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has backed the president’s play, according to the Hill. Senate Democrats will no doubt echo that support.
The hypocrisy here is blatant, even by congressional standards. In 2007, Reid kept the senate in pro forma session in order to block President Bush from making recess appointments — particularly, the eminently qualified Steve Bradbury’s appointment to head DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel. “I had to keep the Senate in pro forma session to block the Bradbury appointment,” Reid recounted in 2008. “That necessarily meant no recess appointments could be made.
Now he is backing obama’s lawless appointments in the very same circumstances.
This is the way Harry Reid and the democrats want the country to run – all rules or laws apply to republicans but not to the demon democrats. And we are well on our way to this diabolical mindset and hypocrisy ruling the day. And the democrats supposedly hate hypocrisy so much. Oh, really.
There’s not a grain of integrity in this man called Harry Reid. You would think at the ends of his days he would want to muster a little honesty to take with him to the other side. One thing about it, there is an equalizer that applies even to democrats.
Posted: 01.05.12 @ 12.23 p.m.