Thursday, January 12, 2012

Catch of the Day

The Catch goes to reader Neil K., in response to my request for examples of Republicans who object to recess appointments based on a claim that the Senate is not in recess -- despite themselves calling the current period a recess.  Here's what Neil found:

Responding to a question from the audience, Wilson said Obama's call for Congress to raise the debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion next month is "disingenuous."
"He wanted us to approve it before Jan. 15," Wilson said. "Congress doesn't return from recess until Jan. 17."
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Dec. 30
Congress isn't in recess? You lie!
Nice find. But Neil didn't stop there; see the comments in the above posts, but there were several others, including one by Michele Bachmann. Granted, none of them are in a press release slamming the president for the appointments, as is the one that I had yesterday, but still, nice catch!

And in a related development, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel's opinion about the recess appointments is out. I'll have more to say about the substance of it later (still reading), but via Nick Baumann the OLC is apparently a late entrant into this little contest, listing entries from Senators Inhofe, Thune, Sessions, Hatch, and Cornyn.

So the CotD goes to Neil K., but for all of us, a hearty: Great catches!

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