And somehow does not include the most important one of all — Dawn Johnsen as head of the Office of Legal Counsel. I am baffled as to why she was left off the list of recess appointments. She’s the single best nominee he’s made in his time and more than a year later, she still hasn’t gotten an up or down vote for the position. Here’s how crazy Republican obstruction has gotten:
To put this in perspective, at this time in 2002, President Bush had only 5 nominees pending on the floor. By contrast, President Obama has 77 nominees currently pending on the floor, 58 of whom have been waiting for over two weeks and 44 of those have been waiting more than a month. And cloture has been filed 16 times on Obama nominees, nine of whom were subsequently confirmed with 60 or more votes or by voice vote. Cloture was not filed on a single Bush nominee in his first year. And despite facing significantly less opposition, President Bush had already made 10 recess appointments by this point in his presidency and he made another five over the spring recess.
And here’s Jim DeMint flat out lying about one of those nominees, Craig Becker:
Craig Becker, who was in the group that he appointed by executive fiat yesterday, is someone who has worked for unions his entire career. He put him on a board that is supposed to be unbiased arbitrators between businesses and unions. Democrats opposed this nomination. So, there’s bipartisan opposition. All we had asked for is some debate and a vote on this nominee. He decided to circumvent Congress again — which has become his style on so many issues — and just appoint him while we were out of town.
Yeah, all they wanted is debate and a vote on this nominee. Which explains why every Republican in the Senate voted against cloture to avoid a vote on the nominee. It makes perfect sense, in the bizzaro universe inhabited by DeMint.