In one of Best of the Web’s frequent feature, “Two Papers in One,” James Taranto delights in the inconsistent editorial stances in the nation’s one time paper of record Today, he notes how the Times editors shifted their stands on recess appointments. Back in 2006, when the president made recess appointments, they manifested a “regal attitude toward a Congress in which his party holds solid majorities in both houses”
But, today, they praise the president for taking action when Congress refuses to act and dub Republicans “obstructionists” for exercising their constitutional responsibilities. They quote his statement in making the recess appointment as a “welcome new credo”. (Should check and see if they called Democratic Senators obstructionist for holding up the president’s appointments in the first eight years of this century.)
They sure didn’t use that term (“obstructionist”) when they lambasted the immediate past president for making recess appointments when the Senate really was in recess.
To the Times editors, a Republican president making a recess appointment when the Senate really was in recess is taking a “regal action”, but when a Democrat offers just such an appointment when the Senate isn’t in recess, it becomes, in the words of the Times editors, a “welcome new credo”.