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The NYT sees the light on recess appointments!!

Check this out!

It is disturbing that [the] President … has exhibited a grandiose vision of executive power that leaves little room for public debate, the concerns of the minority party or the supervisory powers of the courts. But it is just plain baffling to watch him take the same regal attitude toward a Congress in which his party holds solid majorities in both houses.

Seizing the opportunity presented by the Congressional holiday break, [he] announced [his] recess appointments — a constitutional gimmick that allows a president to appoint someone when Congress is in recess to a job that normally requires Senate approval. The appointee serves until the next round of Congressional elections.

This end run around Senate confirmation was built into the Constitution to allow the president to quickly fill vacancies that came up when lawmakers were out of town, to keep the government running smoothly in times when travelers and mail moved by horseback and Congress met part time.

Modern presidents have employed this power to place nominees who ran into political trouble in the Senate. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton made scores of recess appointments. But both of them faced a Congress controlled by the opposition party, while the Senate has been under [the President’s absolute control with at least 59 votes for the last 14 months].

In some cases, [the President] has used the recess appointment power to rescue egregiously bad selections that would never pass muster on grounds of experience and competence. … In other cases, he has merely sought to avoid logjams that the White House created for itself by refusing to accommodate reasonable … requests for information, documents and consultation.

Wow. Strong stuff. I can’t wait for Gibbs ballet around this indictment of Obama’s fascist ways.