Nice to see the President landing a few hard blows on right-wingers for a change:
Republicans said it was unconstitutional. An overreach of executive power. A blatant slap at the Senate.
But when it comes to waging war over a handful of obscure recess appointments, the Senate GOP is struggling with how to respond.
They fear a knock-down, drag-out fight is exactly what the White House wants — and that President Barack Obama would use such a battle to ratchet up his campaign against a dysfunctional and gridlocked Congress. The internal debate highlights the party’s challenges, with public opinion soured on Congress and Republicans still lacking a presidential nominee to rally behind.
Ahead of a closed-door party retreat Wednesday at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, Senate Republicans suggested that they might let their business allies fight the battle over recess appointments for the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The 47-member conference didn’t reach a resolution Wednesday.
Translation: We got our asses kicked on the last shutdown battle, and we’re not eager to do that again right before we have to run for re-election.