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Elizabeth Warren needs our help: GOP, confirm a director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, let the agency do its work.

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I get emails (bolding mine):

Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts Exploratory Committee
 

Laffy,

Do we need more proof Washington's not working for middle class families? We got it once again this week.

The big banks and their army of lobbyists couldn't stop the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, so now they are trying to undermine its work, enlisting their Republican friends on the Senate Banking Committee to stop the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the agency -- just to try to slow up the agency from doing its work.

It's outrageous -- and we've got to hold them accountable.

I'm starting a petition: Sign on now to call on the Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee to protect the interests of middle class families, to confirm a director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and to let the agency do its work.

The goal of this new agency is to protect consumers by ending the tricks and traps and fine print banks have used to make it hard to understand and compare the costs of mortgages and credit cards. We need to hold Wall Street accountable for issuing the kinds of deceptive loans that nearly brought our economy to its knees in 2008.

I fought hard for these new protections and faced an army of lobbyists to hold the banks accountable. I am proud to have been part of the David vs. Goliath effort that led to the passage of this new agency. I was also proud to help set up the new agency over the past year as an assistant to the President.

We've made a lot of progress toward fixing the broken credit markets and preventing the next crisis, but the enemies of reform are at it again.

It's time for Republicans in the Senate to put the interests of hard working middle class families over the special interests of large financial institutions. We've got to speak out and make sure our fellow Americans know the truth.

Sign my petition to Senate Republicans now: Urge them to put the interests of families first and to allow this consumer protection agency to do its work!

We need clear rules to fix broken credit markets, protect consumers, and get our economy growing and creating jobs.

I've made my life's work fighting for middle class families and pushing back against special interests. I know what it means to live one pink slip or one health crisis away from economic disaster, because I did. That's why I'm working so hard to change things.

But I can't do it alone. I need you to stand with me today. I need you to make this an issue that the Republicans can't duck.

Sign my petition to Senate Republicans now: Urge them to put the interests of families first and to allow this consumer protection agency to do its work!

And I'll make sure the petition and our signatures get delivered to the Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee.

Thanks so much for your help,

Elizabeth Warren

Please sign!

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Dawn Johnsen: My Nomination Was Blocked To Score "Political" Points Against Obama On Terrorism

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I've written post after post about the infuriating GOP obstruction of nominee Dawn "The Woman Who Could Nail Bush" Johnsen to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. She finally withdrew, but said she would have welcomed a recess appointment.

As for the Party of No and their incessant blocking:

She decried the “silence and inaction forced upon nominees” who are not allowed to comment, and said the net effect is to muzzle people who by virtue of their nominations alone are leaders in their given areas.

“I think it’s an underappreciated cost of this system breakdown. All those judicial nominees out there for months and months. They cannot do their work and speak out on issues. This is a group of people who ordinarily are very politically active and key players in making policy and setting direction, and this is a way for elected officials who are known to be obstructionists to stop these people for long periods of time to be able to participate.”

Now Think Progress has this:

In a must-read article about the broken confirmations process in the Senate, Dave Weigel quotes former Office of Legal Counsel nominee Dawn Johnsen explaining that conservative objections to her failed nomination had nothing to do with actual disagreements with her views:

“I’m not going to talk about any individual meetings with senators,” [Johnsen] says, “but the impression that I got was it wasn’t about me, that it wasn’t personal. It was political. And there were some senators who were very open about that. It wasn’t a difference in substantive views. The things I was attacked for saying about torture, for example—Lindsey Graham and John McCain have talked about that the same way.” (Neither publicly supported her nomination.) “You definitely need to look at how all the terrorism issues and nominees who dealt with terrorism issues were treated. The attempt was to describe President Obama’s approach as not sufficiently tough on terrorism, and make that a political issue.

[...]

Indeed, this silent obstructionism caused Obama to have a lower percentage of his judicial nominees confirmed during his first two years in office than any other president in American history.

The Republican party keeps topping themselves in their effort to destroy democracy as we know it, whether it's about the confirmation process, union busting, financial martial law, running spoiler candidates, or voter suppression.

If President Obama says up, they say down. If he says the sky is blue, they say it's green. "America first", right GOP?

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Dawn Johnsen believed Senate had the necessary 60 votes to confirm. So what happened?

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Remember Dawn Johnsen? She was called “the woman who could nail Bush” and was nominated to head the Office of Legal Counsel, but was blocked by the GOP, because she could shine light on the atrocities that defined BushCo:

...Johnsen has said she believes the biggest issue for her detractors was her sharp and definitive repudiation of memos written by President George W. Bush’s OLC that gave the president tacit approval to use torture methods in interrogating foreign combatants.

And then she finally withdrew.

Now, this past week, Dawn Johnsen said she believed that the Senate actually had the 60 votes she needed to be confirmed. So what was the problem?

Johnsen said on Friday that she and others believed at various times that the Senate had the necessary 60 votes to win confirmation but the president’s busy agenda often seemed to get in the way. Several times, she said, she was told a vote might come at the end of the week, or the end of the next week. But her nomination never was called to the Senate floor.

omfg wtf stfu lol

“I would have welcomed a recess appointment."

So would many of us.

Regarding Don't Ask, Don't Tell:

[S]he supports the president’s legal actions to defend the law, even though she disagrees with it, because the president’s job is to defend the laws of the land.

As for the Party of No and their incessant obstructionism:

She decried the “silence and inaction forced upon nominees” who are not allowed to comment, and said the net effect is to muzzle people who by virtue of their nominations alone are leaders in their given areas.

“I think it’s an underappreciated cost of this system breakdown. All those judicial nominees out there for months and months. They cannot do their work and speak out on issues. This is a group of people who ordinarily are very politically active and key players in making policy and setting direction, and this is a way for elected officials who are known to be obstructionists to stop these people for long periods of time to be able to participate.”

As I said after she withdrew back in April, Merry Blockmas.

H/t: Jason Leopold

Note: Title edited.

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The Party of No judges: 1 in 8 posts empty. GOP say it's payback

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Sing with me!

"This is the way we block the judge,

Block the judge,

Block the judge..."

47 % of judicial nominees were confirmed during 18 months in office for President Obama.

85% under President Clinton for the same period.

87% under George W. Bush.

93% under Reagan.

Who needs a bunch of activist liberal commie judges anyway?

Almost one in eight federal judgeships is vacant in the country and legal scholars warn that the increasingly politicized confirmation process threatens the administration of justice across the nation.

Democrats and Obama administration officials accuse the Republican minority in the Senate of systematically opposing the president's nominees to prevent him from putting his stamp on a judiciary that, Democrats say, moved to the right under President George W. Bush.

Republicans and conservative analysts say the stalled pace of "replenishment" is part payback for congressional Democrats' efforts to scuttle some Bush nominees and part indifference on the part of President Obama, who they say has been slow to nominate judges.

Of the 102 federal judgeships open, there are nominees pending for 39 seats.

The G. No. P. actually comes right out and admits that they're acting like spoiled little brats, stomping their leather-clad clodhoppers, and refusing to confirm because, hey, they want to get even.

How mature.

It's so wonderful to see democracy stamped out right out in the open. Transparency is everything.

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