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(Talking Points Memo)   History shows us that for the most part, cabinet positions go through without issues. I wonder what happened in the last 4 years   (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 56
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2013-01-09 12:36:01 PM
Whatever it is, it's not because he's black. Republicans are NOT racist.
 
2013-01-09 12:39:10 PM
Melanin?
 
2013-01-09 12:42:24 PM
Near?
 
2013-01-09 12:47:31 PM
ni-
 
2013-01-09 12:48:12 PM
*BONG*
 
2013-01-09 12:54:04 PM
It's as if a pall of darkness has fallen upon the land
 
2013-01-09 12:55:07 PM
Sad that the GOP today is making the GOP of the Clinton years look almost respectable.

/almost
//Obama's blahness has pushed them over the edge.
 
2013-01-09 12:57:43 PM
The last four years?  If I read the article right, only one of Obama's selections didn't get appointed (Daschel), and that was because Obama withdrew his name from consideration for his tax issues.

If you are going to try to whip up a liberal frenzy, subs, then try an intellectually honest approach.  If you can.
 
2013-01-09 01:17:09 PM
Ask Jocelyn Elders how easily her confirmation hearings went.
 
2013-01-09 01:18:58 PM

Lucky LaRue: The last four years?  If I read the article right, only one of Obama's selections didn't get appointed (Daschel), and that was because Obama withdrew his name from consideration for his tax issues.

If you are going to try to whip up a liberal frenzy, subs, then try an intellectually honest approach.  If you can.


ATF has been without a head since Bush left, we have judges all over the place that are still just chilling in appointment limbo. There are countless appointments that haven't even been brought to a vote because Obama.

/yes, I realize that they are not cabinet positions but that's still very douchey
 
2013-01-09 01:24:10 PM
the GOP reflexively opposes Obama.  I don't even think they bother to stop and consider whatever it is Obama is trying to do - they just block it because they can.
 
2013-01-09 01:31:25 PM
Most nominations. Not all nominations

/remembers that Janet Reno was the third choice

//still amazed that blaming Turbo Tax for his erroneous returns earned a pass for Geithner.
 
2013-01-09 01:48:20 PM
As I see it, there are two choices here:

1. The President is consistently making nominations of historically poor quality.
2. The Congress approving the nominations is of historically poor quality.

Since only one of these two options has an 18% approval rating at the moment, the case for #2 being more applicable is pretty strong right now.
 
2013-01-09 02:19:22 PM
blah
 
2013-01-09 02:24:34 PM
We had the nerve to elect a man whose skin color did not match the previous 43 Presidents.  That, and Congress decided to spontaneously devolve into kindergartners who still shiat their pants.
 
2013-01-09 02:50:06 PM

somedude210: we have judges all over the place that are still just chilling in appointment limbo. There are countless appointments that haven't even been brought to a vote because Obama.


Actually that was true under President Clinton as well--at least back to 1996. (Google Docs Quickview). Its not an Obama thing so much as a Democratic thing. I'm not sure how the judge confirmation thing went under Mr. Bush II. There were a few high profile opposition cases.
 
2013-01-09 03:14:04 PM
Its his cabinet.  Let him stack it how he wants.  Same with the SCOTUS.  If you are a lawyer, then you get confirmed. 
We get it, you have political differences...so what?  That is his preogative.
 
2013-01-09 03:15:51 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Sounds like the Senate Republicans would like to settle some scores with Hagel, the same way that they and some Democrats wanted to settle some scores with John Tower.

/drinky
 
2013-01-09 03:17:11 PM

I_C_Weener: That is his preogative.


i.imgur.com

Do you know WHO ELSE had a prerogative?
 
2013-01-09 03:20:11 PM

Somacandra: I_C_Weener: That is his preogative.

[i.imgur.com image 356x237]

Do you know WHO ELSE had a prerogative?


I had that song in my head already!!!
 
2013-01-09 03:24:49 PM
FTFA: George W. Bush pulled his nominations of Bernard Kerik...amid allegations that the candidates had personally employed illegal immigrants.

Yeah, I remember that fiasco. Kerik always smelled like bad news. From the moment he was nominated for Homeland Security I had a real sleazy feeling about him.
 
2013-01-09 03:35:15 PM

Somacandra: FTFA: George W. Bush pulled his nominations of Bernard Kerik...amid allegations that the candidates had personally employed illegal immigrants.

Yeah, I remember that fiasco. Kerik always smelled like bad news. From the moment he was nominated for Homeland Security I had a real sleazy feeling about him.


Then Congress smote the Kerik, and all was laid to burnination.
 
2013-01-09 03:42:29 PM
Remember this lady?

img2-3.timeinc.net

Good God, how George W. royally sucked at nominating people.
 
2013-01-09 04:31:23 PM
History also shows, again and again, how nature points up the folly of men.

/0'zilla?
 
2013-01-09 04:33:49 PM
Conservative obstructionists are the greatest threat the U.S. since the Civil War.
 
2013-01-09 04:35:11 PM
I still say it just because tho GOP has gotten that much crazier, not because of blackness specifically.
 
2013-01-09 04:35:52 PM

whither_apophis: Sad that the GOP today is making the GOP of the Clinton years look almost respectable.

/almost
//Obama's blahness has pushed them over the edge.


It's not just his unforgiveable blackness, it's his big city roots. They would still be crazy than shiat if he was white. Carter and Clinton had the good sense to be from small, southern states.
 
2013-01-09 04:39:44 PM
The most liberal president in history started nominating idiots and extremists.
 
2013-01-09 04:40:54 PM

Lando Lincoln: Remember this lady?

[img2-3.timeinc.net image 180x240]

Good God, how George W. royally sucked at nominating people.


Came here for this, leaving meyered
 
2013-01-09 04:41:22 PM
They're still mad about the Bork.
 
2013-01-09 04:44:01 PM

EnviroDude: Most nominations. Not all nominations

/remembers that Janet Reno was the third choice

//still amazed that blaming Turbo Tax for his erroneous returns earned a pass for Geithner.



It's called losing. Get used to it.
 
2013-01-09 04:44:40 PM

randomjsa: The most liberal president in history started nominating idiots and extremists.


While I would agree that nominating a presidential candidate to the right if Nixon is an EXTREMELY. Liberal thing to do, somehow I get the sense it isn't what you meant.
 
2013-01-09 04:46:16 PM

JolobinSmokin: Lando Lincoln: Remember this lady?

[img2-3.timeinc.net image 180x240]

Good God, how George W. royally sucked at nominating people.

Came here for this, leaving meyered


I'm liberal as hell--and this actually popped up in my mind too. W didn't have easy street--but Clinton and Obama had it way farking worse. The GOP does not play nice.
 
2013-01-09 04:46:40 PM

Holocaust Agnostic: randomjsa: The most liberal president in history started nominating idiots and extremists.

While I would agree that nominating a presidential candidate to the right if Nixon is an EXTREMELY. Liberal thing to do, somehow I get the sense it isn't what you meant.


He's going by this scale:

img.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-09 04:51:46 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: [img.photobucket.com image 777x214]


Ah, thankyou, I've been looking for this since September with no luck.

*bookmarks*
 
2013-01-09 04:54:51 PM

randomjsa: The most liberal president in history started nominating idiots and extremists.


You cannot possibly believe your own stupid words.
 
2013-01-09 04:55:17 PM

Lando Lincoln: Remember this lady?

[img2-3.timeinc.net image 180x240]

Good God, how George W. royally sucked at nominating people.


They saw through the disguise!

img690.imageshack.us
 
2013-01-09 05:01:10 PM

Fluorescent Testicle: Pants full of macaroni!!: [img.photobucket.com image 777x214]

Ah, thankyou, I've been looking for this since September with no luck.

*bookmarks*


Share and enjoy!
 
2013-01-09 05:01:43 PM
He NEEDS to use their blind, idiotic hatred against them. Find key Republicans in derp-heavy districts, and give them sterling endorsements right before primary season.

-President Obama standing a podium, with an American flag and the flag of whatever state behind him-
"Hello. I'm Barack Obama, and this November, Congressman X is running for re-election. He and I share a great many ideas, from necessary tax adjustments to gun control to the importance of a society that knows which religions are respected. My fellow Americans, re-elect Congressman X so that he and I may further work together and make an America that we want it to be. Thank you, and re-elect Congressman X"

If it's done right, you can cripple the power players who are willing to go full retard because they know they're in a safe seat.
 
2013-01-09 05:34:51 PM

Weaver95: the GOP reflexively opposes Obama.  I don't even think they bother to stop and consider whatever it is Obama is trying to do - they just block it because they can.


Would you like your cookie now, or later?
 
2013-01-09 05:48:23 PM

somedude210: Lucky LaRue: The last four years?  If I read the article right, only one of Obama's selections didn't get appointed (Daschel), and that was because Obama withdrew his name from consideration for his tax issues.

If you are going to try to whip up a liberal frenzy, subs, then try an intellectually honest approach.  If you can.

ATF has been without a head since Bush left, we have judges all over the place that are still just chilling in appointment limbo. There are countless appointments that haven't even been brought to a vote because Obama.

/yes, I realize that they are not cabinet positions but that's still very douchey


Democrats opposed many Bush nominations.

If go outside of cabinet positions, the Democrats have a worse record of opposing nominations, I'd bet. Their most famous victim passed away recently.
 
2013-01-09 05:54:28 PM

Animatronik: somedude210: Lucky LaRue: The last four years?  If I read the article right, only one of Obama's selections didn't get appointed (Daschel), and that was because Obama withdrew his name from consideration for his tax issues.

If you are going to try to whip up a liberal frenzy, subs, then try an intellectually honest approach.  If you can.

ATF has been without a head since Bush left, we have judges all over the place that are still just chilling in appointment limbo. There are countless appointments that haven't even been brought to a vote because Obama.

/yes, I realize that they are not cabinet positions but that's still very douchey

Democrats opposed many Bush nominations.

If go outside of cabinet positions, the Democrats have a worse record of opposing nominations, I'd bet. Their most famous victim passed away recently.


"You'd bet"? My, what a compelling argument you've made.
 
2013-01-09 06:05:53 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: He NEEDS to use their blind, idiotic hatred against them. Find key Republicans in derp-heavy districts, and give them sterling endorsements right before primary season.

-President Obama standing a podium, with an American flag and the flag of whatever state behind him-
"Hello. I'm Barack Obama, and this November, Congressman X is running for re-election. He and I share a great many ideas, from necessary tax adjustments to gun control to the importance of a society that knows which religions are respected. My fellow Americans, re-elect Congressman X so that he and I may further work together and make an America that we want it to be. Thank you, and re-elect Congressman X"

If it's done right, you can cripple the power players who are willing to go full retard because they know they're in a safe seat.


If you recall, Claire McCaskill actually did that to Todd Akin.
 
2013-01-09 06:51:38 PM

randomjsa: The most liberal president in history started nominating idiots and extremists.


You know what? Fine.

You win. He's the most liberal president in history.

Next time, we should nominate a more moderate choice like FDR.
 
2013-01-09 07:58:11 PM
I will disagree with that assessment. Ashcroft was largely opposed on policy issues, but there was a cadre of Senate Democrats who pulled a couple of tricks to bring his nomination process to a standstill. There was a lot of grandstanding about his speeches at Bob Jones University, which was more ideologically- than policy-motivated.

That being said, Ashcroft's track record indicates they were right to oppose him as vehemently as they did.
 
2013-01-09 08:09:28 PM

MFAWG: whither_apophis: Sad that the GOP today is making the GOP of the Clinton years look almost respectable.

/almost
//Obama's blahness has pushed them over the edge.

It's not just his unforgiveable blackness, it's his big city roots. They would still be crazy than shiat if he was white. Carter and Clinton had the good sense to be from small, southern states.


The unforgivable blackness of barack? Sounds like a novel to me.

They would still probably reflexively oppose Obama even if he was white but then all pretense of working for the good of the country would completely fall away. Better to be blamed for being racists than to admit that they just want to seize power and loot the public coffers again.
 
2013-01-09 08:16:50 PM
schuyler colfax frowns on your shenanigans
 
2013-01-09 08:38:29 PM
My simple suggestion to correct all this: round up all registered Republicans and place them on reservations. All the property they own will revert to the Federal Govt. Easy.
 
2013-01-09 09:01:19 PM
There are ways and means ...(yeah it's a bit long for you short-attention-span boys, but it's worth reading)

Over the years, successive presidents have learned how to make end runs around the Senate confirmation process by simply creating new federal positions. When George Washington took office in 1789, he made 120 nominations [source: U.S. Senate]. When George W. Bush took office in 2001, he made more than 2,000

There are two kinds of appointments U.S. presidents can make: Senate-confirmed appointments and direct appointments that require no senatorial input. A Director of Central Intelligence appointment, for example, would require Senate approval, but an associate deputy director position would not. By elevating these lower-level positions, the president can nominate an obedient and uncontroversial candidate for a Senate-confirmed position, while placing his real choice in a lower position that wields tremendous authority. Here's but one example: In 2001, President George W. Bush directly appointed James Cason to be assistant deputy secretary of Agriculture. Bush's father, President George H.W. Bush, had failed to appoint Cason agriculture secretary during his tenure. The younger Bush circumvented the Senate by appointing Cason to a powerful but unconfirmed position [source: Light]. Actions like these have created what Brookings Institution fellow Paul C. Light calls a de facto subcabinet

The advent of low-level positions holding high-level power is not an entirely presidential creation; the Senate itself bears some of the blame. The Senate has helped slow the appointment process by using it as a stage for unrelated policy discussions and as a political tool of the executive branch

Came from here: Link
 
2013-01-09 09:05:41 PM

Jensaarai: randomjsa: The most liberal president in history started nominating idiots and extremists.

You know what? Fine.

You win. He's the most liberal president in history.

Next time, we should nominate a more moderate choice like FDR Nixon.

 
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