A little more than three years after Jarrett declared Obama’s majesty, his spokesman Jay Carney warned on the day of the Iowa caucuses that “if Republicans choose the path of obstruction rather than cooperation, then the president is not going to sit here . .. he’s going to take the actions that he can take using his executive authority.”
Within a day, Obama made good on the threat. On Wednesday, he bypassed the congressional approval process and named Richard Cordray as head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The appointment, made while the Senate is in a pro forma session and not in recess, came after that chamber blocked Cordray’s confirmation last month.
Not only is Obama trampling precedent that says recess appointments are to be done only after the Senate has been out of session for 10 days or more, he’s also trying to circumvent legislation.