The White House is pushing the narrative that President Obama’s blatant disregard of ethics, precedent and the law was due to obstruction from Republicans in the Senate. In the case of his appointees to the NLRB, it goes beyond stretching the truth, it’s a blatant lie.
Obama referred his two Democratic nominees, Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, to the Senate on Dec. 15. The Senate adjourned for the year – but did not go into an official recess — on the following day.
WhiteHouse.gov tracks the status of all of Obama’s appointments and nominations. Block and Griffin do not appear on that list — a sign that the administration rushed the recess appointments through too quickly for the Senate to even consider them.
“It’s hard to argue that the Senate was obstructing these Democratic nominees when they don’t even appear on the administration’s own list of nominations and appointments,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce labor policy specialist Glenn Spencer told The Daily Caller.
The Republican member Obama recess-appointed to the NLRB, Terence F. Flynn, does show up on the White House list. His nomination was referred to the Senate months ago. (Read More)
There wasn’t even enough time to conduct routine background checks on the individuals. But I’m sure the media will continue to give Obama a pass as they tout his “We Can’t Wait” power grab.
Update: John Podhoretz thinks Obama’s power grab is a sign of weakness.
Update 2: Linked by Grumpy Opinions – thanks!