Panel Finds No Constitutional Problems With Appointment of Czars

Conservatives have made a lot of noise about the appointment of czar in the Obama administration–often with numerous factual errors in their attacks. Some members of both parties are concerned about the potential loss of power. A panel of constitutional experts was asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on the Constitution. They found no problems with the appointment of czars:

Called together by Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D-Wis.), who had written to Obama asking for more information about the czars, the panel concluded that Obama had the right to appoint independent advisors. The experts said the principle had been established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“The president’s personal staff are independently responsible only to the president — and in the end he is the only czar that is,” said Bradley H. Patterson, a presidential scholar. “And he is accountable to the American electorate.”

John Harrison, a University of Virginia law professor, compared the czars to the position of White House chief of staff, saying both hold great influence and can speak for the president, but their legal powers are limited.

Their “practical authority . . . is not legal authority, and as long as the distinction is rigorously maintained there will be no legal problem,” Harrison said in his written testimony.

It would be easier to criticize the appointment of czars, who do not require confirmation by Congress, if the Republicans were not playing political games in blocking some of Obama’s appointees. It is almost as if they want to cripple the Obama administration and then come back and call it a failure. That’s sort of similar to how they campaigned by proclaiming the government is too incompetent to do anything, and then repeatedly demonstrated this while in power.

Bill O’Reilly’s Bizarre Theory On Ignorant Female Conservatives

Conservatives who have no concern about things such as facts and logical arguments have created the myth (believed only by themselves) that ignorant female conservative politicians such as Michelle Brachmann and Sarah Palin are disliked by the left because they are female as opposed to because of their ignorance. Bill O’Reilly raised this in an interview with Michelle Bachmann (video above). Transcript follows (hat tip to Think Progress):

O’REILLY: Do you think — and this is an off-the-wall question. And I’m telling the audience that it’s just something that’s occurred to me. Both you and Sarah Palin are good-looking women. I mean, you’re attractive, young — relatively young — women who other women can identify with. You’re a mom, a wife. You had a private-sector job.

I think that’s it. I think that the success of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann drive the far left crazy because you don’t fit — they don’t like what you believe in, but you can attract others to listen to you. I think that’s what’s going on.

No, it is not because of them being attractive or women. I’ve already discussed the problems with Sarah Palin in multiple previous postsThe Democratic Party has released a list of many of Bachmann’s more absurd statements along with fact checking from independent sources. Reading through the linked site should explain why the left thinks so little of her.

Levi Johnston To Pose For Playgirl

If Sarah Palin does run for president there will be plenty of valid reasons for voting against her, and she will also have to deal with a lot of other nuisance matters. The latest out of the Palin Place soap opera is that Levi Johnston is planning to pose for Playgirl. To prepare for this he is “training three hours a day, six nights a week at an Anchorage gym with a local body builder.”

This follows multiple  magazine and television interviews of Johnston. Have we ever had another case of someone so lacking in real abilities becoming such a celebrity for accomplishing nothing other than knocking up a teenage girl?

Update: Since posting I’ve heard from a few readers that Playgirl ceased publication around January and is now a web-only magazine. His “achievement” now sounds even less significant as it amounts to posing nude on line. There is also some question as to what percentage of viewers are female.