Actually, he hasn’t yet, but Obama should.
The Obama team has not had a very good month.
From GITMO to health care, to bickering behind the scenes about Paul Volcker’s bank regulation efforts, to China policy, and making any progress on any international initiatives, the administration’s “magic” has been collapsing.
But Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), by placing a “hold” on ALL Obama nominees who need Senate confirmation has so overstepped the line between what is fair and what is outrageous, that Obama’s team got an unintended assist.
And the reason for the hold?
Federal contracting to bolster Alabama production of a new fleet of tankers to replace aging tankers (see exchange with Finlay below) — i.e. pork.
I recommend a big box of chocolates from Obama to the Alabama Senator and his team.
— Steve Clemons