Obama Sends Berwick Nomination to the Senate (Update: “Simply a Formality”)

He must have been feeling some heat to have made this 180. Naturally, he blames Republicans for forcing him to make the recess appointment in the first place.


President Barack Obama sent the Senate his nomination of Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday — a move that comes two weeks after Obama bypassed Congress to put his stalled nominee in the post until the end of 2011.


The president originally nominated Berwick to the CMS post in April, but Republicans blocked the effort and have tied the nomination to their criticism of the health care overhaul. Obama broke the logjam earlier this month by using a recess appointment to install Berwick in the post, a tactic that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said illustrated the president’s attempt to “arrogantly circumvent the American people.”


From Bloomberg Business Week:

Sending the nomination to the Senate following the recess appointment is “simply a formality,” said Reid Cherlin, an administration spokesman.

Oh, that’s how it is. Will he at least get hearings?

Kabuki Theater. It’s what Washington does best.

Why did I think this was a story?


The New Ledger: The Berwick Renomination: Just a Formality

Hat tip: Hot Air Headlines

Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Doug Ross, thanks


Video: Obama Lies – The Individual Mandate/Tax Edition

I can’t watch an Obama speech or interview because I’m allergic to b.s., and I detest lies. That makes him pretty much unwatchable:

The New York Times reported:

WASHINGTON — When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”

Hey what’s with the Times, lately?

From today’s Times: TARP Audit Questions Rush to Close Auto Dealers

And Gabe at AoSHQ also caught this: Obama’s “Job Training” Failures Noted by…NY Times? After Training, Still Scrambling for Employment

Ya think maybe Pinch got himself a case of voters’ remorse?
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


Monday Morning News Round-up

Spotted off of 470 South of KC

Lots of interesting stuff out there today, so let’s get to it:

Everyone is talking about this The American Spectator piece by Angelo M. Codevilla  (including Rush, right now): America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution (loading slow).

VDH has more on that theme: Pity the Postmodern Cultural Elite

Dan Riehl: Poll: DC Elites Out Of Touch On Tea Party, And Everything Else

Related in a way: New Miss CA Under Fire For “Controversial” Immigration Views Only to an out of touch elite ruling class, is the idea that “people should come here legally if they want the privileges of American citizenship”, deemed controversial.

PJ Media: J. Christian Adams: Why the Left Shouldn’t Defend the New Black Panther Dismissal

Michelle Malkin: Bob Schieffer: I Didn’t Ask Holder About the Black Panther Thing Because I Didn’t Know About It Ignorance is bliss.

Meanwhile. look what our friends at Verum Serum dug up: Black Panther Leader King Samir Shabazz Brings Da Noise, Raps “I’m a Terrorist Trained By Osama Bin Laden” (Language Warning) What a card.

Politics Daily: New Black Panther Leader: A Black Man Can’t Be a Racist Get that man a job in Holder’s DOJ

Instapundit: The New DOJ Website Is Kinda Creepy This whole administration is creepy.

The Powers That Be: Gee, What Do You Think Attracted Obama to This Ice Cream Shop? Just go look.

Weasel Zippers: NYT: Obama Administration Arguing ObamaCare Individual Mandate is Really a Tax, Will be the Linchpin of Their Case… There must be some mistake….Obama promised not to raise taxes….

Human Events: GAO Report: Carbon Capture Increases Power Costs up to 80%

The Daily Beast: McCain-Hayworth Debate Gets Ugly

(If you have to ask….) McCain, Hayworth, Deakin: was there a clear winner? -No.

Videos are up on YouTube: part one, part two, part three, part four, and part five.

Check back…I’ll be adding more links throughout the day.

Fox News: Team Obama Braces for Upcoming Story Set to Expose Intelligence Spending

Politics Daily: Glenn Beck Tells Audience He Might Be Going Blind

CFP: Obama’s Economic Time-Bomb Set to Explode in 2011

WSJ: GOP Sees Path to Control of Senate YES!

Weasel Zippers: Unreal: Aide to NYC Mayor Bloomberg Calls Sarah Palin a Racist For Opposing Ground Zero Mosque…

Gateway Pundit: CNN Guest Compares Black Tea Party Protesters to Jewish Guards at Nazi Concentration Camps (Video)

Don’t look now, but there’s another celebrity gala at the WH, tonight: Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel Offer “A Broadway Celebration” at the White House July 19


Andrew Breitbart has the goods, again: Video Proof: The NAACP Awards Racism – 2010

UPDATE: NAACP Award Recipient, Shirley Sherrod, Resigns After Big Government Video Expose.

Gateway Pundit: Oh My… Obama Approval Rating Drops to 28% in Arizona Don’t be suffering any natural disasters any time soon, AZ.

Shout First, Ask Questions Later: Bracing For A Big Tax Hit

LifeNews:  Surgeon General Koop Urges No Vote on Kagan Based on Abortion Manipulation Koop is still alive, and still kicking  A$$.