George F. Will: President Obama made a mockery of appointment powers

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Oct. 12, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    It's small stuff compared to FDR's attempt to pack the Supreme Court. That was small stuff compared to Jefferson's use of non-exist Presidential power to make the Louisiana purchase. But George Will is sufficiently read in American history to know all that. But he's a shrewd enough commentator to take his own liberties of convenience.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    Leaving the lights on when you go on vacation doesn't constitute being "in session", it constitutes a waste of energy.

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    Just the facts - please!

    Don't try to tell us that Obama did "it" because someone else did "it", unless Obama is nothing but a puppet.

    Obama cheated. He knew the rules and he ignored them, choosing instead to appoint people during the brief periods of time when the Senate was NOT in session, when the Senate could not easily defeat his appointments.

    What kind of person does that? Surely not someone who is looking out for the best interests of the Country. All he wanted was to get his way. He wanted to circumvent the process. He "won", but that "winning" cost him his integrity. Maybe to him that was a cheap purchase.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    I guess it's okay if it's a repub. It's only bad when it's a democrat.

    Thanks Will.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    Furry really you miss the point of Mr. Will's article the Senate by its own determination and led by a Democrat was still in session when these appointments were made. The Bolton appointment was not made while the Senate was in session. It was a recess appoint, which the left opposed, but not a blatant decision to disregard the Constitution and the authority of the Senate given to it by that document.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 6:57 a.m.

    I don't recall George Will complaining when GWBush used a recess appointment to inflict John Bolton on the United Nations and the United States. He did a lot more damage as the US Ambassador to the UN than any of the people Will mentioned, yet Will was perfectly fine with his appointment. I guess Will is okay with this if the appointments benefit the far right. Business as usual for Will.