Thursday, January 5, 2012

'It's Chicago-style politics': Outrage as Obama steamrolls through string of appointments without Senate approval

Barack Obama picked a fight with Congress yesterday as he forced through his nominee for a national consumer watchdog by taking advantage of a loophole in the law.

The controversial move is an opening shot in the President's re-election campaign, in which he will attempt to present himself as a strong leader hampered by obstructive Republicans in the legislature.

But the GOP claims that the appointment, made when Congress was not sitting, could be unconstitutional, and is looking to launch a court challenge.

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney described the move as 'Chicago-style politics', a reference to the shady dealings thought to characterise the administration of Mr Obama's home city. Read More