However, as Editor-in-Chief and President of National Journal, I would think he’d have the tools to find out.
And the integrity to answer a simple question.
Did you notice how Grieve was citing quantity of recess appointments without any reference to the differing contexts of the two presidents’ appointments?
Even after I pressed him.
The answer to my question is none.
Actually, that’s the answer to two questions.
The one I asked and this one:
How many recess appointments did George Bush make after Democrats took over the Senate and invented the tactic Republicans are carrying forward today?
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business: Controversy erupts over NLRB recess appointments [emphasis mine]—
President Obama’s predecessors, during the past 30 years, have made ample use of the recess power to appoint Members to the Board. President Ronald Reagan made four such appointments; Presidents George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton made three; and President George W. Bush made six. The President’s critics, however, contend that none of those appointments was made during a recess of less than nine days, a contention borne out by the Congressional Research Service report into the recess appointments made by President George W. Bush.
Is this true?
Robert Barnes, Washington Post: Supreme Court rebukes Obama on recess appointments [emphasis mine]—
It was the question of pro forma sessions that had prompted the case. Senate Democrats started such sessions in 2007 to prevent President George W. Bush from making recess appointments. Despite encouragement from his advisers to challenge the legitimacy of the sessions, he declined.
CBS/AP: Supreme Court limits president’s appointments power [emphasis mine]—
Obama has made relatively few recess appointments, 32 in his five-plus years in office, according to the Congressional Research Service. President George W. Bush made 171 such appointments over two terms and President Bill Clinton filled 139 posts that way in his eight years in office, the research service said.
But Obama was the first president to try to make recess appointments when Congress explicitly said it was not in recess. The Constitution requires that the Senate and House must get the other’s consent for a break lasting longer than three days. At the end of 2011, the Republican-controlled House would not give the Democratic-led Senate permission for a longer break.
So why the conflation of two contrasting responses to a very similar tactic by the opposition?
Because obfuscation through conflation is the normal debating pattern of leftists everywhere.
Including from within the masthead of National Journal.