The Obama administration plans to use its executive authority to install Richard Cordray as head of a federal consumer watchdog agency in a defiant move after the Senate rejected the nomination last month, a White House official confirmed Wednesday.
President Obama is scheduled to announce the decision during an appearance in Cordray’s home state of Ohio, where he served as attorney general until losing his reelection bid in November 2010. The president will portay his decision as an escalation of the White House’s “we can’t wait” campaign to take action that does not require congressional approval.
Of course, Republican’ts will scream that this is evil/unconstitutional/dictatorial/blah/blah/blah, even though they’re the ones who – as usual – have been completely obstructionist, obstinate, uncooperative, juvenile, anti-democratic (small “d”), you name it. The fact is, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created by an act of Congress, it needs someone to head it up, and there’s absolutely no excuse for Republican’ts to keep blocking superbly qualified presidential appointments from so doing. And no, the gimmicky bull**** of keeping the Congress in “pro forma” session doesn’t count. With that, commence Republican’t whining in 5…4…3…2…1…blastoff.
P.S. If you want to express your support for Richard Cordray, and also help Elizabeth Warren build her mailing list, click on the image above. Again, thanks to President Obama, and go Elizabeth Warren! 🙂