Recess Appointment Offers Teachable Moment

I hate to throw my superior intelligence around, but this recess appointment of Donald Berwick offers a lesson in politics and journalism that shouldn't be overlooked.

Echoing Republicans, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration for sidestepping Congress to install Donald Berwick atop the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


"Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power and protects Montanans and all Americans by ensuring that crucial questions are asked of the nominee — and answered," Baucus said in a statement.

Layman's take: "Hey look! There are Democrats who stand on principle. See, some of them meant it when they said recess appointments were a bad thing during the John Bolton dustup. The Dems aren't so bad after all."

Superior intelligence take: Senate Democrats get together. They knew they didn't want this guy's dirty laundry aired in a Senate hearing, but they don't want that fact to seem obvious to the sheeple. "Max, it's your turn to play the principled guy to the media, who obviously won't question your integrity thanks to the (D) next to your name. We get what we want but at the same time we looked like we're pissed off about it. Hazzah!"