The GOP’s radical embrace of nullification

Filed in National by on January 10, 2013

Last fall Steve Benen wrote about the GOP’s attempts to nullify federal law related to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by refusing to vote on the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the agency. My take is that the GOP’s radical embrace of nullification has become their standard operating procedure and they flat out don’t give a flying fuck about the effects that it could have on the country or the Constitution. If it “hurts” the President – they are for it. If it “helps” the President they are not only against it – but they are willing to go to war over it.

On “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Chris Wallace asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about Republicans refusing to allow lawmakers to vote on Richard Cordray’s nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The GOP Senate leader wasn’t the least bit embarrassed about his party’s abuses.

“[W]hat we are saying to the president is: join with us and reform this agency, make it accountable to someone, the people elected the Congress for its funding and for its oversight, and then send up somebody and we’ll be happy to confirm them. There’s nothing wrong with Mr. Cordray personally. This is about an unaccountable, unelected czar. And we’re simply not going to appoint him, or confirm him, or anybody else to this agency that shouldn’t exist in its current form.”

McConnell said the bureau “shouldn’t” exist. That it already exists…. irrelevant. That the President was elected TWICE…. irrelevant. And listen to the overheated language that Republicans continue to use to when speaking about the President…

Around the same time, on “Meet the Press,” David Gregory asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) about the same controversy.

“So this consumer bureau that [Democrats] want to pass is under the Federal Reserve. No appropriation oversight, no board. It is something out of the Stalinist era. The reason Republicans don’t want to vote for it is we want a board, not one person, making all the regulatory decisions, and there’s no oversight under this person. He gets a check from the Federal Reserve. We want him under the Congress so we can oversee the overseer.”

Stalin… Hitler…. on and on.

What Republicans are embracing is, in effect, nullification. On every nomination, every “debt” negotiation Republicans are saying, this government is not legitimate. It is quite a big story that isn’t really being covered.

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  1. pandora says:

    They are incapable of governing. Seriously (and specifically) what does the Tea Party/Conservatives/Republicans stand for? (I guess you could say they are for cutting government for everyone but them.) They all run on burning the house down. Guess you could say they are simply keeping their campaign promises…

  2. bamboozer says:

    With this statement McConnell gives voice to two recent Republican favorites: compromise consists of doing everything they say and that old Christine O’Donnell favorite of labeling every appointed official a “czar” and as such anti American and an establishment of an aristocracy. Graham, ever the fool, throws in “Stalinist” so as not to disappoint “the commies are comin’!” crowd. Nullification, obstructionism and just good old hatred are what the GOP has left at this point.

  3. puck says:

    Let’s not forget Boehner’s trick of withholding consent for the Senate to recess, to prevent recess appointments.

    I’m feeling less and less pained about our options for being a bigger prick, like removing the filibuster or minting a trillion-dollar coin.

  4. cassandra_m says:

    This reminds me why I think that Obama needs to keep some part of his campaign machinery together to start highlighting this stuff. The usual media will just make this look like another POV, rather than more obstruction from these guys and calling out the obstruction is important.

  5. puck says:

    “Republicans refusing to allow lawmakers to vote on Richard Cordray’s nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”

    Proceed, Mr. Minority Leader.

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