Liberal bloggers reacted in shock and surprise to President Barack Obama’s decision to recess appoint Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and members to the National Labor Relations Board, heralding a “new Obama” — one they hope is more likely to challenge Republicans head-on.
“This is part of the ‘new Obama,’” writes John Aravosis of the liberal AMERICAblog.
I really didn’t think Obama would want to set a new presidential precedent like this,” writes FireDogLake’s David Dayden, who had earlier predicted that the president would pass on recess appointments. “But obstructionists in the Senate have really left him little choice. … Until a price is paid for obstruction, there’s no reason for the obstructors to stop.”
Obama is “sending one more signal that the days of his accommodating Republican rejectionists are over,” the magazine’s Harold Meyerson wrote.
Daily Kos hailed Obama’s move as “bold,” a decision made despite the site’s prediction that “most [Republicans] will declare their use of a recess appointment to be unconstitutional, while talk of impeaching Obama will likely spread throughout the right-wing media.”
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