Pres. Obama’s Nomination Blocked…By a Dem?
We have a Democrat in the White House, a Democratic majority in the Senate, and judicial nominee from a state with two Democratic Senators. So what’s holding up this nomination? (Hint, it is not a secret hold by a Senate Republican). Amazingly, it’s Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey.
Sen. Menendez has given no comment as to his exact reason for opposing the nomination, but it might have something to do with the fact that Judge Patty Shwartz has been in a relationship with the head of the public corruption unit for New Jersey’s federal prosecutor, which investigated Sen. Menendez in 2006. Think it might be a grudge? Politico responded to the story in their morning Huddle:
“Given all the excitement this week about Richard Cordray, we wonder whether Judge Shwartz might receive a recess appointment to stop the Democratic obstructionism.”
Indeed! We had the exact same thought.
The precedent has now been set, and President Obama can (at least in his own mind) appoint whoever he wants, whenever he wants, claiming that the Senate is not physically in session (like when they’re sleeping). It is funny that the term “Democratic obstructionism” has finally made its way into the mainstream media.
Now, the challenge for President Obama is to demonstrate his newly discovered (though unconstitutional) power is not just a partisan tool to hammer Republicans. We won’t hold our breath.