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May
11

introducing….

President Barack Obama shakes hands with John Bryson, his nominee to be Commerce Secretary, May 31

Steve Benen: ….Up until a few hours ago, I’d never heard of Bryson, so I can’t speak with any confidence to the quality of the nomination. That said, the Center for American Progress seems pleased, as do a variety of folks I’ve talked to this morning involved with climate activism, who consider Bryson one of the good guys.

What I found most interesting, though, wasn’t the White House’s announcement, but rather, the reaction from the Senate Republican leader.

“Shortly before Obama announced Bryson’s nomination, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office reiterated Republicans’ threat to block all administration nominations until the president acts on pending trade deals with Panama, Colombia and South Korea.”

Our entire political process has been reduced to a series of hostage stand-offs. McConnell …. wanted to remind everyone that unless the GOP gets what it wants on some trade measures, Republicans won’t allow a vote on Bryson’s nomination anyway. It doesn’t matter if he’s qualified or not. American governance has never worked this way; it wasn’t designed to work this way; and it can’t work this way.

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28 Responses to “introducing….”


  1. 1 Fred
    May 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    sounds like a good pick 🙂

    I am going to leave you guys early today.I am feeling very very tired after another horrible night.I wish you ALL a safe;peaceful and blessed afternoon;evening and night.

    May GOD keep an eye on our President.

  2. 3 professorx10
    May 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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    • 4 theo67
      May 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks for all this contact info. I’ve saved it all for reference, as I suspect the rate of our outrage will only increase over the coming months…

    • 5 dotster
      May 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks so much for all the contact info. I zipped a cranky email off to the Today Show this a.m. for letting Romney have 15 minutes of free air time to campaign and tell the most dastardly lies about President Obama with no resistance from the “interviewer”, no attempt to set the record straight. And every day they feature some Republican, no Democrats in sight unless it’s someone they believe to be controversial and will stir up resentments. I believe in letting them know we notice their dirty deeds, but to be effective we need all to agree to fire back. We need big numbers in order to have a chance at the scheduling producers caring. A chance.

    • 6 kelly
      May 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      This is fab. This information should be sticked somewhere on the blog.

  3. 8 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    SO WHAT’S NEW IN THE NOMINATION ARENA????? THE REPUGS WILL CONTINUE TO TRY TO BLOCK ANYTHING THE PRESIDENT DOES BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN OUT FOR REVENGE EVER SINCE HE ENTERED THE OVAL OFFICE! THESE PEOPLE NEED TO BE TOSSED OUT OF OFFICE! THEY AREN’T WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE…THEY’RE WORKING AGAINST THE PEOPLE! FRANKLY…THEY REMIND ME OF NOTHING BUT HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS…THEY ARE NO BETTER AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED!

  4. 9 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO WERE GULLIBLE ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THE FEAR MONGERING BY THE REPUGNANTS…CLEARLY VOTED ‘AGAINST THEMSELVES’ IN THE MIDTERMS! OH THE LESSONS LEARNED.

    • 10 theo67
      May 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      Apprently 45% and more are willing to vote for the republican agenda again in 2012.

      • 11 UT Austin Liberal
        May 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

        Gosh. When will people learn? This happens over and over again. Dems do a good job and put plans and actions into place. Repubs take control and dismantle and destroy.

  5. May 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    A series of hostage stand-offs. Yeah, it looks that way, but honestly, who are we kidding? This has to be a bunch of political theater. Mitch McConnell only seems to know how to issue ultimatums. Somehow it just doesn’t seem wise to a keep that up when up against a political master. Something seems off here.

  6. 13 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    MY NIGHT HAS NOT BEEN GOOD EITHER…I SEE THE STRESS IN MY BROTHER’S EYES FROM HIS UNEMPLOYMENT AND IT’S WEARING ON HIS HEALTH…TODAY…I AM NOT IN A GOOD MOOD!

  7. 15 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    THE REPUGNANTS LIVE IN A WORLD OF THEIR OWN REALITIES…THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT DAMAGE TO THIS COUNTRY. FRANKLY…I DON’T KNOW HOW OUR PRESIDENT WHO IS A BLESSING…STOMACHS HIS JOB!

  8. 16 meta
    May 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    44 GOP Senators Already Have Pledged To Filibuster John Bryson’s Commerce Department Nomination
    http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2011/05/31/232159/44-republican-senators-are-already-pledged-to-filibuster-john-brysons-commerce-department-nomination/

    That’s it. No hearing, no testimony, no discussion, no governance.
    Sheer demagoguery and hostage-taking. Everything is a high wire act to them.

    These people deserve to be thrown out of office on their ears. ENOUGH.

    • 17 theo67
      May 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Isn’t part of the job of the Commerce Secretary to help with trade negotiations? I might be off, but I seem to recall Gary Locke sitting in on several of these discussions around trade and international treaties.

    • 19 Lovepolitics2008
      May 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      I think the time is coming for all democrats, even President Obama, to do something about the republican blackmail. This constant obstructionism has to come to the forefront of the national discourse. Democrat activists have to force the media to talk about it. And I’m at the point where I wish President Obama would call a press conference and call republicans out. President Obama losing his patience would make news I think….

      • 20 UT Austin Liberal
        May 31, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        Hey Lovepolitics2008 if he loses his cool, the meme out there will be … ooh look at the angry black man. The media won’t get his message, they’ll just spin and spin and his point will be lost.

  9. 21 Mae who love our CIC
    May 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Sue I sympathize with you as well. I have a brother who has been unemployed since October 2010. I know the look of desperation and it eats on a man when he can’t pay his way. We have to fo do what we can to help them. And it makes no sense when the ilks like McConnell tries to hold this country hostage with their ultimatums. Weapons form but they won’t prosper. You’d think their hearts would be soften with all the devastation our country is facing. The storms have destroyed lives property businesses etc. And they playing fake games.

    • 22 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      MY BROTHER IS A KIND MAN…HE HAS ALWAYS GIVEN TO OTHERS AND HE LOVES OUR PRESIDENT. THE STRESS HAS NOW PLAGUED HIM WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS AND DESPAIR AND AT AGE 60 HE STILL HAS AN 11 AND 12 YEAR OLD TO RAISE AND AN ELDER SON IN THE AIR FORCE SLATED FOR AFGHANISTAN. I TRY TO GIVE HIM HOPE…HE HAS LOST EVERYTHING…HE INVESTED IN ALL OF HIS LIFE. I TELL HIM TO PRAY BECAUSE HE HAS TO BE STRONG…BUT, HE HAS LOST THAT SHINE IN HIS EYES. I’M VERY WORRIED ABOUT HIM. HE’S ALL I HAVE LEFT.

  10. 23 kelly
    May 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Good choice. While the Republicans in Congress do nothing but block progress our president keeps on working for the greater good.

  11. 24 StR
    May 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    It’s the Administrations own fault for letting the GOP get away with it for the last two and a half years. I mean why would the GOP stop when they’re getting what they want? And the worst part is that you know the GOP will change the Senate rules once they have the Senate and White House only to need 50+1 OR will cry bloody murder and have Fox Propaganda and then soon after the rest of the MSM screaming along with them about the dastardly obstructionist Democrats.

    Everything is a hostage situation. Anything the Dems or Obama Administration wants in order for the Government to even function properly needs to be horse-traded. It’s also on gutless worm Harry Reid for agreeing not to change Senate rules so the GOP can keep getting away with this nonsense time and time again.

    • 25 theo67
      May 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      I don’t agree with you blaming the Administration, StR. I think that you’ll find that the Administration has used every form of communication tool to try and get the message out using media that people actually broadly use. The problem is that the loudest voices are those owned by right wing media machines or angry, idealist left voices or those trying to make money. And there’s no shortage of Democrats willing to present themselves to be used as tools by the right wing machinery.

      The other problems are the level of apathy in this country, the distrust of government, the obsession with reality and immediate gratification, willfull ignorance and racism.

      Just look at who is on the Sunday shows. Look at what gets covered on national news. Look at the rise of palin and Bachmann. Look at the right wing vile public statements that are never challenged by the media, but the few times that the Administration publicly pushes back in the national media, the heavens open up and public outrage pours out as though they have proposed some evil plot to “kill grandma”. Explain why other countries greeted the President the way they did last week.

      I believe the President has been consistently trying to raise the level of discource and get people to act like responsible adults. How can you explain that over 40% of the population is planning to vote for Republicans even after seeing what they are doing to 9/11 responders, military personnel, the country’s credit worthiness, the economy, minorities, education? The Administration doesn’t need to speak to those issues – we can all see them with our own eyes. And yet, there are still those who would vote for Republicans and hand their future to them. We’ve seen what they said about the auto industry, and what they’re saying now. We don’t need the Administration to spell out that hypocrisy.

      It’s not the Administration. It’s us.

  12. 28 HZ
    May 31, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Theo67, thank you for your comments. I am All with you. Amen,Amen and Amen.


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