Blocking votes on Defense, CIA posts unconscionable

Conservatives in the U.S. Senate have refused to allow a confirmation vote for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

For six years.

They did it to President George W. Bush, refusing to allow a vote on nominee Michael Sullivan. They are doing it to President Obama as well. Their stance has nothing to do with the quality of those nominated — both Sullivan and Todd Jones, Obama’s nominee, were very well qualified. It is instead an effort to cripple the operations of an agency that the gun industry finds annoying.

Again, the Senate is not rejecting the nominees. Using Senate rules, conservative members are refusing to even allow a vote to take place, because they know they would lose it.

For the past 18 months, Republicans have also refused to allow a vote on the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, created by Congress in the wake of the Wall Street collapse. Initially, Obama intended to appoint Elizabeth Warren to the post, but backed down from the controversial appointment when GOP senators made it clear she would not be confirmed. Obama instead nominated Cordray, who as Ohio attorney general had led successful lawsuits to rein in banking-industry excesses, but the gesture got him nowhere.

Still no vote.

Led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republicans are refusing to even confirmation of a permanent CFPB director unless the agency is first gutted of its independence and authority to monitor the mortage, credit-card and student loan industries on behalf of consumers.

It doesn’t matter that the GOP lacks the votes to force such a major change, just as it lacked the votes to implement when the agency was created. It is using the confirmation process to undercut the agency through extra-constitutional means.

The story is repeated yet again with the the National Labor Relations Board. By refusing to allow even a vote on confirmation of NLRB nominees, Republicans have reduced the five-member to just one member, and without a quorum the board cannot function. When President Obama attempted to get the agency operational by making recess appointments to the board, he was blocked at least temporarily by a federal appeals court.

While the BATF, NLRB and CFPB are important government agencies, their functions are relatively narrow. However, the tactics being used to neuter those agencies are now being implemented to block far more important nominations.

Over the weekend, Republican senators announced they would block votes on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense and John Brennan as CIA director. Sen. Lindsey Graham, for example, said that he would put a “hold” on both nomination until he gets answers to questions about Benghazi.

Those jobs cut to the core of national security. They should not be left vacant as a consequence of petty personal feuds.

A group of 25 Republican senators, led by Ted Cruz of Texas, is insisting that Hagel prove that none of the eight private companies where he served on the board of directors — several of them private equity and investment firms — ever received what the senators call “foreign funding.” The apparent implication is that Hagel, a Vietnam War hero, a longtime Republican senator from Nebraska and a member of both the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees, has been bought off by other countries.

No other defense nominee has ever been asked to disprove such claims. And as Hagel points out, the companies in question are private firms and he has no right or authority to ask them to disclose such sensitive business information in response to a partisan fishing expedition.

To hide the absence of actual fire in the effort to block Hagel and Brennan, the right-wing conspiracy machine has begun to generate a lot of smoke. For example, did you know that Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran and deputy national security advisor, is not only a Muslim sympathizer, he is a secret convert to a fundamentalist Islam sect?

And did you know that according to the crackerjack reporters at Breitbart, who in turn quote “Senate sources,” Hagel has taken money from a front group calling itself “Friends of Hamas”?

Let me suggest that if “Senate sources” actually possessed such information, they would not be leaking it to an outlet with the reputation of Breitbart, but instead would be plastering it across every cable news outlet and newspaper in the country.

Under the Constitution, the Senate is given clear authority to either confirm or reject presidential nominees. But time after time, and for increasingly flimsy and indefensible causes, the Senate is refusing to do either. The practice represents not just an abuse of the Senate rules, but an abuse of the Constitution itself.

Applying such cheap partisan tactics to nominations that are critical to national security represents yet another new low for those in Congress.

373 comments Add your comment

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 11th, 2013
9:34 am

Well I am sure that Lindsay Grahman made similar blocks to get answers from the Bush Admin on WMD…oh wait.

Pure cheap tricks putting the country at risk

TBS

February 11th, 2013
9:35 am

They need a PR victory to help rally the base.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 11th, 2013
9:37 am

Republicans continue to the Stop Obama at every turn stupidity and to deny the govt the leaders that are proposed, then they like to claim how govt is such a failure. The real failure are these continued failures in the Senate to confirm appointments.

stands for decibels

February 11th, 2013
9:39 am

the crackerjack reporters at Breitbart

I think you tacked on an unnecessary syllable to that adjective, Jay.

Christian Conservative

February 11th, 2013
9:39 am

To bad Jay… Get over it.. If obama would appoint qualified candidates to these posts they may get confirmed. Hagel is a dunce and Brennan outright lied… Dems blocked John Bolton who did an excellent job as UN Ambassador.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/brennan-s-evasions_700510.html

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 11th, 2013
9:41 am

Lindsey Graham is just acting in self interest. He is up for re-election and he must come off as further to the right than his tea party opponent. Self interest over country…the republican way…

Aquagirl

February 11th, 2013
9:42 am

A six-year tantrum? Wow, that’s a new low, even for Republicans.

They really have to wean themselves from their wingnut media. Now the angry white guys will be e-mailing that Breitbart crap everywhere and convince themselves the roadblock Republicans are Reel True ‘Merican Heros. Meanwhile the rest of America gets more po’d at a do-nothing Congress.

Well, nothing to do but get popcorn and watch the idiots commit political suicide.

Doggone/GA

February 11th, 2013
9:42 am

“Hagel is a dunce and Brennan outright lied”

Got proof?

TaxPayer

February 11th, 2013
9:43 am

Same old obstructionist party. The party of no. The stupid party. The GOP.

Can’t live with ‘em. So, good riddance.

Itchy Finger

February 11th, 2013
9:44 am

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 11th, 2013
9:44 am

Well, why don’t the Kenyan Muslim Marxist just name somebody acting director and let the agency get on with business? He don’t need a permanent director. Besides, all the ATF wants to do is take away my machine guns and the anti-tank weapon and trample all over my 2nd Amenment rights. And we don’t need no consumer protection. I got a simple solution to crooks in business: Don’t buy from them.

Anyhow, I was kinda suprized about the Pope resigning. I think I know just how he feels. It gets mighty old and you feel mighty tired when you leave a place with beer stacked to the ceiling on Friday and you come back in on Monday and there’s one little case left. I expect the People got tired of hearing about some priest that was after the altar boys again and then needing to find some place to stash him till the publicity blows over. After awhile you start running out of places to hide these little Sanduskys and you’re too dang tired to look too hard.

Have a good Monday everybody.

Mick

February 11th, 2013
9:45 am

John bolton was an idiot, still is an idiot and thats what you call for? Republicans have still not peaked as the party of the brain dead, hopefully they can get their come uppance in 2014…

Jay

February 11th, 2013
9:47 am

Itchy, the fact that you consider that story more important than our CIA director and Defense secretary says a lot about your sense of perspective.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

February 11th, 2013
9:47 am

Ya’ll ready for Pope Obama the 1st?

Christian Conservative

February 11th, 2013
9:48 am

Doggone/GA

“Hagel is a dunce and Brennan outright lied”

Got proof?

Got a brain? Read the article and watch Hagel’s hearing…..

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

February 11th, 2013
9:49 am

all the ATF wants to do is take away my machine guns and the anti-tank weapon

Glad they don’t want our land mines and hand grenades! I mean, how would we hunt big game and fish?

stands for decibels

February 11th, 2013
9:49 am

I know I’m gonna sound like the proverbial skipping CD here, but it’s vain House-of-Lords parliamentarian Democrats, who think they’re somehow preserving comity in the “greatest legislative body on Earth”, who are to blame for this latest chapter Jay speaks of, not Republicans who understand how the game is played in the 21st century.

Get on the damn field and start defending your turf, play dirty, and start scoring some points of your own, Democrats. I’m getting tired of writing to you and telling you to do your goddamned jobs.

DannyX

February 11th, 2013
9:50 am

“Get over it.. If obama would appoint qualified candidates to these posts they may get confirmed.”

If Republicans could win an election they would get to make the appointments!

Talk about “qualified candidates”!!! Look at the 2012 Republican Clown Car Candidates, Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Santorum, Newt and Romney. YIKES. No wonder they lost.

Congressional Republicans are playing the “Our approval ratings can’t go any lower, so why not?” card.

larry

February 11th, 2013
9:51 am

The Repubs still havent learned anything. Well, after 2014, they are going to be so a minority party that they only way they will win elections will be if they change the rules and jerryrig them.

Oh ……..wait.

OBIWAN

February 11th, 2013
9:51 am

No vote, so what, no budget either, but that is not a problem right?

OBIWAN

February 11th, 2013
9:53 am

Remember according to Obozo and his blind followers we do NOT have a spending problem….

maximum

February 11th, 2013
9:53 am

What’s so Conservative about a Christian who substitutes faith for reality?

Itchy Finger

February 11th, 2013
9:53 am

Jay:

It sure does Jay. Its says that we have more important issues facing our country. Continuing to bash Republicans for non-issues is not only a waste to your readers time its a waste of AJC’s time. We have made it this far by not having more bureaucrats holding high level positions that they are not qualified for. obama has been the most abysmal President certainly in my lifetime but you continue to ignore these facts… It says a lot about you Jay… I glad Republicans are standing up and giving him the lack of respect he deserves….

N-GA

February 11th, 2013
9:53 am

The solution is simple. Using whatever executive branch means available, suspend all federal funding for industries in the states of all conservatives. Port funding (Charleston), weapons manufacturing, ship building, everything possible. Even in states where conservative Senators are not in the way. Those Senators will then squeeze the recalcitrant Senators until they bleed.

Git er done!

Fly-On-The-Wall

February 11th, 2013
9:53 am

I had hope that after the re-election things might change a bit for stuff like this but I see my hope was short lived. These people who complain that government can’t do its job are the very same people who are making sure that the government can’t do its job. Just like the Reps here in Georgia, cut the education budget and then complain that public education is not effective.

These people should be removed from office for failing to uphold their Constitutional duties.

Liberal Pariah

February 11th, 2013
9:54 am

With all that Obama has done to the Constitution, now Liberals are worried about abusing the Constitution? Too funny.

Granny Godzilla

February 11th, 2013
9:55 am

John Bolton? Who’s he chasing down hotel hallways now?

Jackie

February 11th, 2013
9:55 am

The so-called conservatives are like petulant children.
They would rather burn down this country and have to start over than to try and improve on the common good.
The have proven themselves to be misinformed, misguided and uninformed about most issues, yet, they still believe that repeating the same lie over and over, people will start to believe that lie to be true.

OBIWAN

February 11th, 2013
9:56 am

“A six-year tantrum? Wow, that’s a new low, even for Republicans”

And to think only 2 more years and the can catch up to the democrats 8 years of Bush derangement syndrome.

Right aquagirl?

Doggone/GA

February 11th, 2013
9:56 am

“Got a brain? Read the article and watch Hagel’s hearing”

I understand…you have no proof. I’m not surprised

Fly-On-The-Wall

February 11th, 2013
9:56 am

Jackie – good call!

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 11th, 2013
9:58 am

The diversion in Obiwan is strong…

stands for decibels

February 11th, 2013
10:00 am

Dems blocked John Bolton

[...]

no budget either, but that is not a problem right

[...]

we do NOT have a spending problem….

[...]

With all that Obama has done to the Constitution

Deflecturbation. It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

OBIWAN

February 11th, 2013
10:00 am

Jackie, are you sure that you are mot misinformed, how about “I will NOT raise taxes on the middle class” yet he did. I will close Gitmo, he did NOT, so who in uninformed, or do democrats like liers?

Adam

February 11th, 2013
10:00 am

Politics is making me sick. Either that, or it’s the Mardi Gras weekend drinking.

Or both.

Fly-On-The-Wall

February 11th, 2013
10:01 am

So Repubs, if Hagel and Brennan are not good enough then please give us the names of other qualified people. If all you can do is say no but not provide qualified alternates than you have nothing to offer. You are acting more like a spoiled child than an adult.

Christian Conservative

February 11th, 2013
10:01 am

Doggone/GA

“Got a brain? Read the article and watch Hagel’s hearing”

I understand…you can’t read and face reality of an unqualified appointment….

Ken

February 11th, 2013
10:02 am

How about jobs ?????? promises promises

philosopher

February 11th, 2013
10:02 am

I am sick of this obstructionist behavior. These brats are holding America hostage at every turn, not doing the work that they are elected and paid to do, and destroying the framework of our country. Prosecute them all for treason!

Aquagirl

February 11th, 2013
10:02 am

The diversion in Obiwan is strong…

You left out the “lame attempt at” part. Which explains why Republicans are the incredible shrinking party.

Fly-On-The-Wall

February 11th, 2013
10:02 am

Oh, and state why those names you provided are considered qualified or more qualified than Hagel and Brennan.

F. Sinkwich

February 11th, 2013
10:03 am

“…Republicans are refusing to even confirmation of a permanent CFPB director unless the agency is first gutted of its independence and authority to monitor the mortage, credit-card and student loan industries on behalf of consumers.”

Good.

The CFPB needs oversight. As the law is written, it has NONE. It should be abolished all together, however.

NLRB? Obsolete. Should have been killed yers ago.

Christian Conservative

February 11th, 2013
10:03 am

Fly-On-The-Wall

So Repubs, if Hagel and Brennan are not good enough then please give us the names of other qualified people. If all you can do is say no but not provide qualified alternates than you have nothing to offer. You are acting more like a spoiled child than an adult.

Its not their job to nominate appointments. Its the Presidents job. I realize he hasn’t been doing his job since assuming office but its still on him…..

Recon 0311 2533

February 11th, 2013
10:03 am

BOO freaking Hoo…a chamber that won’t even carry out it’s duty to pass a budget in four years and a president passing illegal non-recess appointments complaining about Republican obstructionism. What a pathetic joke.

Doggone/GA

February 11th, 2013
10:04 am

“I understand…you can’t read and face reality of an unqualified appointment”

And you still can’t present any proof.

DannyX

February 11th, 2013
10:05 am

“And to think only 2 more years and the can catch up to the democrats 8 years of Bush derangement syndrome.”

More unskewed Republican reality on display today. The fact is its the Republican party is still deranged. The last four years have proven Bush Derangement Syndrome is actually a more serious condition, Republican Derangement Syndrome.

Instead of showing the country they have solutions they keep doubling down on childlike behavior throwing one tantrum after another. Republicans are on a downward spiral. They keep playing the same game, they will keep getting the same results.

Republicans, please get some help!

Fly-On-The-Wall

February 11th, 2013
10:05 am

CC – so you’re response is that you have nothing to offer. You just want to block things just because you can and not because you have something better to offer.

F. Sinkwich

February 11th, 2013
10:05 am

“…former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), who is now awaiting confirmation as Secretary of Defense, attended five colleges and was a “D” student.”

He’s a dunce.

joe

February 11th, 2013
10:06 am

As are ignoring calls coming in from an embassy while under a terrorist attack…or worse yet, blowing off the entire situation to attend a fundraiser in Las Vegas.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 11th, 2013
10:06 am

obama has been the most abysmal President certainly in my lifetime…

And yet, Romney still couldn’t defeat him.

Says a lot about who Republicans nominate.

Maybe you shoulda gone with Elmer Fudd instead.

Jackie

February 11th, 2013
10:06 am

I am of the opinion, it is time that President Obama stop trying to include the so-called conservatives in a rational decision-making process like that of governing for the good of all Americans.

If the so-called conservatives want to play dirty pool, let the games begin.

The folks that voted for the so-called conservatives are largely supportive of those antics and will continue to support these same legislators, even though those people that they vote in office are literally reaching their hands in those supporters pockets and stealing from them.

The so-called conservative supporters exclaim their representatives “are right!”

I ask anyone who supports the so-called conservative cause, what the H#!! ARE THE RIGHT ABOUT AND WHEN HAVE THEY BEEN RIGHT, PERIOD????????????

Itchy Finger

February 11th, 2013
10:06 am

I’ve noticed Jay hasn’t even mentioned Bengazi and obama and hilary failures. I think its important for the American people to know that neither was engaged while Americans died…..

Granny Godzilla

February 11th, 2013
10:07 am

If filibuster rules CAN still be altered, we best get to it.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2011/01/how_to_end_the_filibuster_forever.2.html

In fact, neither house has ever formally prescribed a supermajority rule for formal amendment of its rules. Not even Senate Rule 22 has the audacity to openly assert that it cannot be repealed by simple majority vote. Rather, the filibuster rule says that debate on its own repeal cannot be ended this way. If Rule 22 simply means that it should not be repealed without a fair opportunity to debate the repeal, then it is fully valid. But insofar as Rule 22 allows repeal opponents to stall interminably so as to prevent a majoritarian vote from ever being held, then Rule 22 unconstitutionally entrenches supermajority rule. It’s a question for each senator to decide for him- or herself—and then to act on, by simple majority rule, just as the framers intended.

curious

February 11th, 2013
10:07 am

Liberal Pariah
“With all that Obama has done to the Constitution,”

What has Obama done to the Constitution? I thought changes had to be ratified by 2/3 of the States.

Christian Conservative

February 11th, 2013
10:07 am

Fly-On-The-Wall:

Again please read slowly. Its not Republicans job to make appointments. Its the President… If he can’t do his job then he needs to resign…

Doggone/GA

February 11th, 2013
10:08 am

“As are ignoring calls coming in from an embassy while under a terrorist attack…or worse yet, blowing off the entire situation to attend a fundraiser in Las Vegas”

Debunked over and over and over. Do you get a kick out of being a liar?

DannyX

February 11th, 2013
10:08 am

“Its not their job to nominate appointments. Its the Presidents job. I realize he hasn’t been doing his job since assuming office but its still on him…..”

It is the the job of the Senate to take a vote, which is now being blocked by Republicans.

Fly-On-The-Wall

February 11th, 2013
10:08 am

Itchy – you are wrong. Please provide actual proof and not FOX news junk.

Mr Right

February 11th, 2013
10:09 am

HO-HUM, another blast aimed at the GOP— predictable!

stands for decibels

February 11th, 2013
10:09 am

If filibuster rules CAN still be altered

I know you know this, GG, but–

the Senate can change the rules any time it wants to. Any. Time.

Doggone/GA

February 11th, 2013
10:09 am

“I’ve noticed Jay hasn’t even mentioned Bengazi and obama and hilary failures”

Liar

Fly-On-The-Wall

February 11th, 2013
10:09 am

CC – sounds like the President has put forward names but it is the Republican Senators who are not doing their job and they should resign.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 11th, 2013
10:09 am

I’ve noticed Jay hasn’t even mentioned Bengazi…

Five floors down, sport.

Nobody’s fault but yours that you didn’t notice.

DannyX

February 11th, 2013
10:10 am

“Again please read slowly. Its not Republicans job to make appointments. Its the President… If he can’t do his job then he needs to resign…”

Again, you are playing dumb, bring the nominations to a vote. Let the Senate decide who is qualified.

Michael

February 11th, 2013
10:10 am

Christian Conserative:”John Bolton did an excellent job” Oh wow, we really do have low standards.

Whatever

February 11th, 2013
10:11 am

This is the stuff the public gets tired of. If there was a good reason to block then have at it but it’s easy to see this is just stupid politics.

Mick

February 11th, 2013
10:11 am

Benghazi…battle cry for losers, leading the charge is the unambiguous sen lindsey graham – what a man…

Dirty Dawg

February 11th, 2013
10:11 am

Surely Jay you know the reason…the ‘O’ in GOP stands for Obstruction – with the ‘G’ for Greed and the ‘P’ for Prejudice. These guys have no other purpose in life. They can call it anything they like – socialism, Marxism, whatever – but at its core it’s hate driven by racism, pure and simple.

fedup

February 11th, 2013
10:11 am

Benghazi again. Just thinking about Pat Tillman. Remember how Bush’s people lied about he died. Where were Mcain and Graham when that coverup happened.

Jackie

February 11th, 2013
10:11 am

@OBIWAN

Jackie, are you sure that you are mot misinformed, how about “I will NOT raise taxes on the middle class” yet he did. I will close Gitmo, he did NOT, so who in uninformed, or do democrats like liers?

It is apparent you don’t get out much!

President Obama lowered taxes, payroll and Social Security, while trying to lower income taxes for the middle class; what happened? Your friends in the House and Senate refused to vote for the bill that would have SAVE YOU MONEY, yet, you defend them.

President Obama tried to close ‘Gitmo; again, you friends in the House and Senate refused to allocate the funds to close the facility and most of the prisoners there have languished, even many that have been found innocent of any charges!!!!!! YOU STILL DEFEND THAT LIE!!!!!!

The list goes on and on and on…..

Aquagirl

February 11th, 2013
10:12 am

You just want to block things just because you can

It’s S#!^^y parent syndrome—Republicans think “’cause I said so” is a reason, and then get frustrated when everyone else doesn’t accept their role as children in need of daddy’s guidance.

This is what happens when a group of white straight(outside of men’s rooms) WASP-ey guys forms their own little echo chamber. They’re genuinely baffled why the employees aren’t scraping and bowing.

Itchy Finger

February 11th, 2013
10:12 am

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

obama has been the most abysmal President certainly in my lifetime…

And yet, Romney still couldn’t defeat him.

Says a lot about who Republicans nominate.

Maybe you shoulda gone with Elmer Fudd instead.

Actually no. It says a lot about how uninformed and just plain stupid the electorate is. We have to many takers and not enough makers. Its great for dems to win elections but its going to crumble our country… Numbers don’t lie and as far as the economy goes obama has been worse than any past President. I realize libs love denial and deflection but the truth is the truth….

willie lynch

February 11th, 2013
10:12 am

F. Sinkwich

February 11th, 2013
10:05 am

And “W” was a Rhodes Scholar? No he was an AWOL, cocaine using drunk whose daddy carried him the whole way. You guy’s would have a lot more credibility if you weren’t so wholly ignorant of how the door swings both ways.

indigo

February 11th, 2013
10:13 am

Its crystal clear Republican conservatives are bought and paid for by the gun industry.

Because of this any objections they have to any gun laws and regulations mean little of nothing.

And yet, cons here, knowing their politicians are nothing but puppets, still wholeheartly support them and their anti-gun laws behavior.

Its clear con gun nuts have an agenda and it is NOT the 2nd ammendment or honest conservative convictions.

DannyX

February 11th, 2013
10:13 am

“HO-HUM, another blast aimed at the GOP— predictable!”

Have you seen the latest Congressional Republican approval ratings? They deserve every bit of it.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 11th, 2013
10:14 am

We have to[sic] many takers…

Haliburton says, “What?”

DannyX

February 11th, 2013
10:15 am

“Numbers don’t lie and as far as the economy goes obama has been worse than any past President.”

The is about as dumb as you can get.

mm

February 11th, 2013
10:17 am

Well, well. The cons are showing us how stupid they are again.

Supporting the GOP no matter what damage they inflict on our country.

Granny Godzilla

February 11th, 2013
10:18 am

“Numbers don’t lie”…..Yep Rove was right, Romney won by a landslide….

“Numbers don’t lie”….people do.

Mr Right

February 11th, 2013
10:18 am

Benghazi…battle cry for losers, leading the charge is the unambiguous sen lindsey graham – what a man

Come on people, move on, nothing to see here, crazy people!

weetamoe

February 11th, 2013
10:19 am

Kung Hay Fat Choy
Xin Nian Kuai Le

mm

February 11th, 2013
10:19 am

The GOP has munchausen by proxy syndrome. But in this case, they are making the USA sick.

St Simons- island off coast of New Somalia

February 11th, 2013
10:20 am

-since they couldn’t win an election, just grind the govt into dysfunction
as a conscious strategy of their party
-calling everyone who didn’t agree with them socialist/communist
-find a minority scapegoat to blame everything on (takers or messicans)

i love these occasional history blogs, host, especially this one about
the Weimar Republic. They remind us of the
illustrious history of the con movement.
wait…

Mr Right

February 11th, 2013
10:21 am

“Numbers don’t lie and as far as the economy goes obama has been worse than any past President.”

The is about as dumb as you can get.

If you think Obama did a good job on the economy, that’s not only dumb but also foolish!

Adam

February 11th, 2013
10:22 am

Benghazi is a worse scandal than Kanye’ing Taylor Swift.

Granny Godzilla

February 11th, 2013
10:23 am

Mr Right

“f you think Obama did a good job on the economy, that’s not only dumb but also foolish!”

Piffle

Are you still having money problems?

barking frog

February 11th, 2013
10:24 am

and yet being ever the pragmatist President Obama just keeps
allowing the country to improve as he does his job of presenting
nominees to the Senate.

Fly-On-The-Wall

February 11th, 2013
10:24 am

I think the President did as good a job on the economy as the Republicans would let him do. Given how they blocked him at every step and still lost the election says a lot more about the President and his policies versus the Republicans and their policies.

Jackie

February 11th, 2013
10:25 am

It seems that those who have been protesting lately, carrying their guns and proclaiming the President to be a Marxist and Communist have an obligation to defend this country and the Constitution they profess to love so much!

Since they are heavily armed and trained, why don’t they gather names on a petition and send it to their friends in Congress asking them for a chance to volunteer to form a rapid deployment force that can be sent to destroy all our foreign enemies?

USinUK - former Girl Scout

February 11th, 2013
10:26 am

“If you think Obama did a good job on the economy, that’s not only dumb but also foolish!”

yep – 3 years of economic growth … and improving jobs market …

there IS someone dumb and foolish in this equation, it’s just who you think it is

Jefferson

February 11th, 2013
10:26 am

Reasonable people can come to reasonable conclusions under reasonable conditions, unless you are a republican.

St Simons- island off coast of New Somalia

February 11th, 2013
10:27 am

Republicans want to privatize the public and publicize your privates.

Jefferson

February 11th, 2013
10:27 am

Right is full.

TaxPayer

February 11th, 2013
10:28 am

I see Republicans are still hurting from losing. Again.

Fly-On-The-Wall

February 11th, 2013
10:28 am

Jackie – that would be really funning to see. Send all those guys overseas to Afganistan and see if they make an impression or difference. Or would they come up with excuses like their hero Dick Cheney? :)

barking frog

February 11th, 2013
10:29 am

How long will these posts have to be empty and these Senators
refuse to do their jobs until the people realize they are not needed
and decide to change the government ?

Fly-On-The-Wall

February 11th, 2013
10:30 am

Barking Frog – do you mean those Senators are not needed? :) :)

barking frog

February 11th, 2013
10:30 am

St. Simons 10:27
excellent.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 11th, 2013
10:31 am

I realize libs love denial and deflection but the truth is the truth….

“…the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term President.”
–Mitch McConnell

Republican leadership has no intention of doing anything but blocking Obama at every turn.

The truth is the truth.

barking frog

February 11th, 2013
10:31 am

Fly on the wall 10:30
Yep.