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January 03, 2012

Obama: The Constitution? That's For Mortals, Not Messiahs Like Me

Second look at impeachment?

White House attorneys have concluded they have the legal authority to make a recess appointment despite Republican efforts to block the move, Democrats said Tuesday, and administration officials say they reserve the option to install Richard Cordray as head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without Senate approval.


...the White House has concluded that it can make the appointment even if the Senate has not formally recessed, said one Democrat familiar with White House thinking. “They have decided no one can stop them.”

If Obama does this it's not because he's all that concerned with getting Cordry in place, it's because he wants to provoke a fight with congressional Republicans. The GOP will be forced to vow to shut everything down they can and that would enable Obama to continue to run against "a do nothing Congress" (even though Democrats control half of it).

Obama would love it if the GOP House actually tried to impeach him. Failing that, his sticking it to the GOP will please his base.

The challenge for the GOP in Congress will be to fight enough to please the base and check Obama but not give him the mud slinging fight he wants/needs. I doubt it's something they will be able to pull off.

Ultimately this is the small ball politics Obama will have to play since he can't actually run on his record. And if has to shred the Constitution in the process? What's the Constitution compared to a God Who Walks Amongst Us?

In fairness, Obama is a miracle worker. He's the only person who could get me to vote for Mitt Romney.

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