February 17, 2016 at 2:54 am #47346
All I can say is that our govt and hence our country has a stench about it that won’t go away…of natural causes, of course.February 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm #47364
On June 26, 2014 Supreme Court limits president’s recess appointment power,
This is why I do not think O will go forward on a recess appointment.
White House Rules Out Recess Appointment to Replace Justice Scalia
In this article they talk about,
“Obama was thwarted in 2012 when he tried to appoint members to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was on a break, but holding pro forma sessions every three days. The Supreme Court eventually ruled that the Senate was not on an official recess then, as it is through the rest of this week.”February 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm #47365
He may not do it between now and next Tuesday, but the above articles do not rule that out, apparently. What was clear was the fact that Congress was NOT in official recess during those 2012 appointments, but that’s a different situation than we’ve got now. Whatever happens is what will happen. And then what happens after that will be significant – no matter which way it goes. Said Alan Stang, “Think about it!”February 17, 2016 at 9:24 pm #47366
Obama isn’t going to use the recess option because the nomination would be wasted. The position would end up being vacated at the end of the year when the nominee was not approved. He wants to change the court complexion for as long as possible. He will nominate a young person.
A recess appointment must be approved by the Senate by the end of the next session of Congress, or the position becomes vacant again; in current practice this means that a recess appointment must be approved by roughly the end of the calendar year.February 17, 2016 at 11:12 pm #47367
I”m not sure that’s true about it being the end of this year. It says the end of the NEXT session, which would be the end of 2017. This is an intra-session recess, not an inter-session recess, so we’d still be in the SAME session next week as we were last week before the recess. And thus the “next session” would start in 2017. Depending on what voters do in November, the complexion of the Congress could potentially change. If voters get fed up with the Republican rhetoric being thrown around, give Hillary a victory as well as a Democrat Congress to work with, Obama could well pull it off. But I tend to think (hope may be a better word) that he won’t be THAT brash and make an appointment within a day or two of Scalia’s funeral just because he can. But then again, this is B. Hussein Obama. Who knows?
I just hope the Republicans shut their mouths for another week, and stop with all this “No way, no how!” garbage. It could give him the “argument” he needs just to keep gummint moving, rather than allowing the nasty Republicans to shut down an entire branch of constitutional government for the sake of all their racist hatred of him – or however he chooses to lie his way through it. I’d be afraid that if, sufficiently provoked, he made the appointment and claim he did it for the good of the nation – the only rational thing he COULD do, don’tchaknow. (None of that is my logic – just what I might expect out of his lying, narcissistic, controlling mouth.)February 18, 2016 at 1:22 am #47368
Find it interesting Obama not going to his funeral?
Personally I don’t think he will try a recess appointment. He will pick someone young, probably his idea of a middle of the road person, probably that was already looked at before Kagan was put forth; and taunting the GOP to make a big stink with the elections coming closer and closer….when are the nominations…I forget….to give the Democratic nominee more ammunition against GOP My 2 cents
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