Obama plays hardball

I hate expressions on variations of “shows/has some balls” etc. as it just seems so sexist.  Women cannot be tough?  But, I cannot think of another that more sums up Obama saying “screw it” to the obstructionist Republican Senate and going and ahead and making a recess appointment of Richard Cordray despite the fact that Republicans have used a legislative trick (invented by Democrats) to keep the Senate technically in session.  The Republican position on this is just so offensive– we don’t like your law that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (i.e., we want to make sure that financial institutions of all sorts can completely screw consumers with no checks)– so we’re not going to approve any director no matter what.  The problem is, according to the law,  the CFPB doesn’t actually fully function in its role to protect consumers without an actual director. In effect, Republicans have been using this to nullify a legally and appropriately passed law that they just don’t happen to like.  I fail to see anyway that is acceptable in a democracy.

I really don’t see Obama facing any negative repercussions for this.  Sure, Republicans are mad and some of the knee-jerk bipartisan media types may give him a hard time, but its certainly glad to see he’s no longer pretending that everything needs to be bipartisan when the Republicans absolutely refuse to play nicely.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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