It’s a new year and that means a new Congress, which means more fighting. Round one has already begun. It started with a lot of swearing. Swearing in, I mean.
As soon as all the swearing was over the new senators (most of them Republican this time) counted up all the Republican and Democrat seats, realized they were in charge and demanded the gavel back from suddenly ex-Leader of the Senate Harry Reid.
He was in no mood to do it, so he said he couldn’t find it. He hid it just long enough for the White House to make some recess appointments. And what are recess appointments? It’s the tactic that whoever is in charge of the White House uses to circumvent those swearing legislators.
The administration in power usually resorts to this when they believe they have a snowball’s chance in say, Equatorial Guinea, of getting their man approved for a government post at some godforsaken outpost like Chechnya or the Land That Time Forgot. They know it will never survive a vote before Congress, so they simply wait until it is in recess and do it before they return.
This is how it works. The White House usually waits for Congress to go on recess. Then, while the congressmen are all out on the playground playing tag, dodgeball or climbing the monkey bars, they make the appointment. After the bell rings and Congress comes in from recess, they are astounded to find out that important posts such as Interior Secretary to Death Valley, U.S. Ambassador to the Moon or Plankton Czar have been filled.
This usually infuriates the party not occupying the White House, which typically resorts to kicking and screaming until the ex-Senate Leader finally hands over the gavel so they can get back to more important work like mudslinging and creating gridlock.
The first thing the Republicans like to do is read the Constitution end to end. That usually succeeds in putting most of the senators to sleep, but a few intrepid ones were able to hold out long enough to make it through to Article VI before dozing off.
Article VI is important because it deals with (among other things) banning religious tests for members of the government. Atheists love that article because it gives them a chance to run for office without having to read the Bible. And they are remarkably consistent in their thinking. I guess you might say they practice their atheism religiously.
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