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    Re: Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Now that there is a nuclear option, isn't this case really moot?
    Could we possibly see the SCOTUS rule on the constitutionality of the "nuclear option"?
    Not really sure if Reid's hypocritical move to grab power will be heard by the SC.

    Would these be the same usual talking points that conservative posters used defending Bush's preponderance of Executuve orders?
    Maybe so, I surely was a supporter of GWB as a Commander in Chief, but quite a few things he did in domestic policy, such as signing statements, and EO's I had problems with. So, don't be so foolish as to see "conservative" in the lean and just broad brush your dislike of Bush on to some sort of support of him from me on poor governance..

    Did the Dems ever take Bush to Court over EOs ?
    Again, not sure...But, one thing, EO's are not just declaring the Senate in recess, and appointing whom they were holding session to block. That was an astonishing bit of hubris that sets a precedent making the house and senate largely ineffectual on appointments, and possibly for the passage of laws should future President's and their Congresses go down that road. It was not American at all.

    But a further note, I understand that you must totally rely on the blame Bush mantra even 5 years plus in to this administration because Obama is doing exactly what you claimed Bush did, on steroids. So, the only thing you are projecting here is akin to a childs argument often heard by Teachers in the forum...."Well, Jimmy did it too!" It doesn't wash for kids, and shouldn't wash for supposed adults.
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    Re: Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    Contrary to popular belief, Obama did not invent the recess appointment.
    The problem is in this case congress was not in recess.
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    Re: Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

    Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon View Post
    The Constitution says what it says and I think where they are going to struggle is in justifying allowing the Senate to effectively strip the President of his power to make recess appointments by sending some bozo in to mill around on the Senate floor and declaring that the recess doesn't count. Obviously the founders intended for the Senate to have recesses, but can the Senate basically just decide not to anymore if it has the (intended) effect of eliminating, by fiat, an explicitly named power of the Executive Branch? There are so many Constitutional questions here that it almost boggles the mind, but I do not believe that the founders intended for the Senate to use parliamentary smoke and mirrors, when they don't like a power granted to another branch of government, to circumvent the Constitutional amendment process.
    I have no doubt that the framers gave this power to the executive branch to met emergency situations as was defined back in the 1700’s. I do not think they intended recess appointments to be used other than for emergencies. I think the framers did not intent the power of recess appointments be used to circumvent the normal constitutional procedures. But this was not spelled out as such and different individuals will read it and come away with different meanings and interpretations. Unlike a lot of original intentions I doubt recess appoints was much talked about in the Federalist Papers or other documents left from that time.

    But having said that, it has become common place for any president to make recess appointments regardless of if I am right about my thoughts on emergency situations or not. From time to time members the opposing party hollered about it, but everyone always settled down and went along with it after their initial tirade. Somewhere along the line congress someone in congress came up with the idea of pro forma sessions to prevent recess appointment by the executive. I would imagine congress did this because they thought a president was abusing the power of recess appointments.

    Anyway, from that point on whenever it was the senate utilized pro forma sessions and no president ever had made a recess appoint during it. In other words not one president of either party ever challenged it. This president has, he set a new precedence and it has been viewed by at least the opposite party as a challenge to their constitutional powers of a co-equal branch of government.

    In my mind it would seem to boil down to is a pro forma session really a session of congress? If it is, President Obama overstepped his constitutional powers. If it isn’t, anytime congress takes a recess or a vacation any president can appoint anyone to any office he wants without congressional approval. Although I will be interested in their ruling, I would like to know if key words like expire mean expire or if the appointment is permanent and if vacancies must happen during the recess in order to be filled or not. But in the overall scheme or battle between congress and the executive over recess appointments, it really doesn’t matter which way the SCOTUS, the nuclear option has ensured the president gets every appointment he wants as long as his party has control of the senate.

    But if the senate was in the opposing parties hands, then this ruling will be of utmost importance as the president can no long appoint anyone as long as the Senate is in pro forma session. Interesting, yes indeed.
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    Re: Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    It's sad when people are OK with perjury. I hope no one ever lies under oath on a case your are involved with.
    What you stated is the big difference in how people saw it. A lot of Republicans saw it as you stated, a case of perjury, but the majority of Americans did not. They saw it as a witch hunt in which one party was trying to dispose a sitting president of another party. Clinton's rise in popularity clearly shows this.

    At the time there was bipartisan support for a censure, IMO opinion a censure is what was needed, not an impeachment trial. The republicans really over reached. They were left with egg on their face. Most Americans looked at this attempt as trying to get rid of a sitting president over a sexual exploit. Not perjury. But even if it was perjury, does that qualify as a high crime or high misdemeanor to dispose of a sitting president? But that was not how it was framed for most Americans. Is lying under oath over a BJ or the definition of a BJ as having a sexual relation or not, is that an impeachable offense?

    A overwhelming majority of Americans say no. 15 years later history definitely shows the Republicans way over reached. But if the republicans were right or wrong to bring impeachment articles against Clinton, I do not think history has decided yet. But it does seem to be trending against the Republicans. You should have went with a censure, it would have passed.
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    Re: Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    If you're gonna get ridiculous and compare Obama to Nixon, you may as well compare Christie to Nixon while you're at it.

    Just add these recess appts to the other faux scandals .
    I don't think this is a scandal, but really, you don't think there is even a Constitutional question here? Don't you think there is a separation of powers issue when the executive branch declares the Senate to be in recess, even though they have not adjourned and do not declare themselves to be in recess? If the SC lets this through, there is really no point in the Senate confirming anyone, as the President can just make appointments at will, and the Senate will be nullified.
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    Re: Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

    Quote Originally Posted by Born Free View Post
    The problem is in this case congress was not in recess.
    Because two guys showed up for 30 seconds and gaveled it in and out between drinks?

    The bigger problem here is the willful contempt of Congress by the person who called it to session by himself.
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    Re: Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    What you stated is the big difference in how people saw it. A lot of Republicans saw it as you stated, a case of perjury, but the majority of Americans did not. They saw it as a witch hunt in which one party was trying to dispose a sitting president of another party. Clinton's rise in popularity clearly shows this.

    At the time there was bipartisan support for a censure, IMO opinion a censure is what was needed, not an impeachment trial. The republicans really over reached. They were left with egg on their face. Most Americans looked at this attempt as trying to get rid of a sitting president over a sexual exploit. Not perjury. But even if it was perjury, does that qualify as a high crime or high misdemeanor to dispose of a sitting president? But that was not how it was framed for most Americans. Is lying under oath over a BJ or the definition of a BJ as having a sexual relation or not, is that an impeachable offense?

    A overwhelming majority of Americans say no. 15 years later history definitely shows the Republicans way over reached. But if the republicans were right or wrong to bring impeachment articles against Clinton, I do not think history has decided yet. But it does seem to be trending against the Republicans. You should have went with a censure, it would have passed.
    Yours is a political analysis and you didn't present it that way, you said that it was about a BJ which it was not. It was perjury and the President was disbarred.

    As for your statement: "You should have went with a censure, it would have passed." I was not in the Congress at that time and had no say on the proceedings. I am also not disappointed in the results. I thought Clinton was a good President, but I also hope he is the last of his family to hold that office. It would be best to not assume any political affiliation on my part as my words stood on their own.

    As for President Obama reinventing a definition of a Senate recess, I believe he overreached. Only the Senate can decide when it is in recess.

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    Re: Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

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    Re: Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    Yours is a political analysis and you didn't present it that way, you said that it was about a BJ which it was not. It was perjury and the President was disbarred.

    As for your statement: "You should have went with a censure, it would have passed." I was not in the Congress at that time and had no say on the proceedings. I am also not disappointed in the results. I thought Clinton was a good President, but I also hope he is the last of his family to hold that office. It would be best to not assume any political affiliation on my part as my words stood on their own.

    As for President Obama reinventing a definition of a Senate recess, I believe he overreached. Only the Senate can decide when it is in recess.
    No, what I presented is how the majority of the American people looked at. When it comes to politics, perspective can be much more important than reality. To you it was about perjury, to the majority of Americans it wasn't. With me, hindsight lets me know Clinton was a darn good president, but at the time I didn't think so. I too do not want Hillary to be president, but I didn't want either Romney or Obama to win in 2012 either.

    As for the recess appointments, I think it will boil down to whether a pro forma session is considered a real session. Is the senate in session or not. It is not conducting business, it is just meeting every couple to a few days to gavel it in session and then to recess. I think it is really a moot point now since Reid used the nuclear option. A minority party can't stop any appointments for what ever reason whether the senate is in recess or not.

    The exception would be if the senate was in the hands of one party and the president was of the other party, then even the nuclear option would mean anything. So in this aspect whatever the SCOTUS decides could come into play. But as long as the president and the senate control is in the hands of the same party, recess appointments now mean nothing.
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    Re: Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

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    I may have looked at it differently if I hadn't learned about JFK and LBJ womanizing, but JFK had class. Marilyn Monroe vs. Lewinski. I actually thought it was quite funny, I mean having a BJ in the Oval Office. But I had a wild life myself when I was young. But the difference was once I married I was true blue. But then again, I had a nice Thai wife and not Hillary.

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