"Mr. Obama had tried to maneuver around longstanding Republican efforts to block his appointments to the National Labor Relations Board by seating members during pro forma sessions of the Senate when almost all of the senators were at home in their districts and no legislative business was conducted.
The court ruled that the president’s action violated the Constitution and said that the Senate and House have the ultimate power to block such recess appointments by scheduling the mini-sessions when they want to." NY Times
"Politics ain't beanbag, the old saying goes. Childishness and petty vengefulness are part of the game. The game is ugly. We all know that.
Even so, we are disappointed that Gov. Terry McAuliffe has shown himself to be the shyster we feared during the campaign, not the statesman Virginia needs." Staunton News Leader
It seems that the "unitary executive" theory of political power in the United States is experiencing some "heavy weather."
Obama's white house was more or less in mourning yesterday, even as he went to "flyover America" to be with people who would appreciate the attention. SCOTUS did not altogether eliminate the president's ability to make recess appointments but the overall tone of the unanimous decision woud seem to be a warning. This warning would be to the effect that Obama should be careful not push his campaign of executive actions beyond the limits of the law. At the same time the Speaker of the House has publicly announced his intention to sue Obama for exceeding his legal authority in the same executive actions.
"The shyster we feared." Woof! The Staunton News Leader is a major newspaper in Virginia and it is generally favorably inclined toward what passes for liberal thought in the Commonwealth. For them to call Mcaullife a "shyster" is no small thing.
At the same time the General Assembly lurks in Richmond, hoping that McAullife's arrogance and temper will eventually yield a chance to really, really hurt him. pl