Four More Years — of This?
Cordray’s nomination had been blocked by a Senate filibuster. There was no way he was going to win approval in 2012.
Enraged Republicans denounced the appointment as an affront and a usurpation of power, for the Senate had not formally gone into recess.
The White House airily dismissed the Republican rage, saying no Senate business is being conducted during the Christmas-New Year break, and to argue that the Senate is still in session is a sham.
Obama seemed to delight in his Trumanesque contempt:
“I will not sit by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people they were elected to serve. … Not at this make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans.”