President Obama Calls Out Mike Lee’s Scorched Earth Obstructionism

Via Think Progress

Last week, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) announced he would take revenge for President Obama’s decision to make four recess appointments by engaging in a scorched earth campaign of obstruction against the president’s nominees. In his weekly address this weekend, Obama made Senator Lee the poster boy for Republican sabotage. While typically blaming both parties for bad behavior, the president called for a new rule requiring a vote on nominees within 90 days.

  1. #1 by Shane Smith on January 30, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    Via cav:

    The senator in question is Mike Lee, the Tea Party rookie from the Beehive State, a Tenther extremist whose views on the Constitution dead-end somewhere on the wrong side of Cemetery Ridge. Which, of course, doesn’t prevent him from waving the document around as though he picked it personally at Ollivander’s two days ago. (“The Constitution chooses the senator, Mr. Lee.”) The New Republic sees Lee as the amiable intellectual face of the Tea Party. Among his other amiable intellectual pursuits, Lee wants to do away with the federal income tax and with birthright citizenship. He does so, however, in a way that, as TNR puts it, “doesn’t scream crackpot.” This is true. Rather, it says “crackpot” in clearly audible, measured tones.

    Now, though, the senator is having a bit of a snit over the president’s recess appointments, which the president made because the Republican party has abandoned government entirely for a career in legislative mime. The president responded by coming very close to calling Lee out by name as an obstructionist yahoo who belongs at a zoning board meeting, yammering about the Bilderbergs. I find this very promising.

  2. #2 by cav on January 30, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    Hi Richard. Didn’t see you here. On the path now, I hope.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on January 30, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    Baby-faced Lee against the new and improved Obama.

    I’m awake!

    If I ever see Mike Lee’s children picking berries in the fields all day, I may change my opinion of him, but until that day…

  4. #4 by cav on January 30, 2012 - 8:20 pm

    In this (Un)Civil War re-enactment, we have what? a progeny of Robert E. Lee facing off against an incarnation of Abraham Lincoln.

    My head’s beginning to hurt. Can civility be the remedy?

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on January 30, 2012 - 11:06 pm

    Can civility be the remedy?

    We can hope.

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