Going back on his initial commitment to become a Senator on February 11th, Scott Brown has now insisted that he be seated in the Senate immediately, essentially to prevent a vote on Obama’s nominee for NLRB chair, Craig Becker.
Becker is a very distinguished labor lawyer who has received support from among others, Chicago law professor Richard Epstein (hardly the thin end of the Marxist wedge). So of course the Republicans wanted to filibuster him. But the Democratic leadership was gong to bring him up for a vote this week in order to get him through before Brown was seated. So of course Brown wants to be seated now.
And Harry Reid has caved completely, insisting that his hands are tied in the matter.
Again — does anyone think that if the shoe was on the other foot, and George W. Bush had a nominee he wanted to get through, that Mitch McConnell wouldn’t find some way to get him through?
Does anyone doubt that if the shoe was on the other foot, and the Republicans needed to find some way to stop certification, then they would find it? Oh yes — they already did that with Al Franken, pursuing a frivolous lawsuit for six months and blocking Democratic initiatives in the meantime.
As one livid labor leader put it:
I love how we cave to the Republicans and won’t seat our Senator, [Al] Franken. Then we reverse cave and seat their senator. I mean forget the analogy of one is playing checkers and the other playing chess. It’s like one is playing chess while the other is sitting there picking their nose
And no — this isn’t just about Reid and the Senate. Becker is Obama’s nominee. Where is the President? Why won’t he fight for his people?
Now, there is no Democratic majority on the NLRB — a crucially important federal regulatory board of strong concern to organized labor. And Obama is just twiddling his thumbs. Why should loyal Democrats bust their tails to support this guy?
If I didn’t know better, I would assume that the White House wants a Republican Congressional takeover in November.