"He will win a second term. The angrier they get, the better this president looks in his defense of the middle class."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Rattled by recess appointments

Re "With Senate idle, Obama goes to work," Jan. 5

So congressional Republicans are furious at what House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called President Obama's "extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab."

Excuse me? George W. Bush made 171 such "unprecedented" recess appointments, including that of John Bolton as ambassador to the U.N.

How long will the GOP get away with such duplicity? It's high time Obama and others in Washington call their bluff.

Liz White
Los Angeles

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The Republicans' outrage at Obama's appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau tells me one thing: He will win a second term. The angrier they get, the better this president looks in his defense of the middle class.

Does this mean he finally gets it?

Dennis Grossman
Woodland Hills

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