I heard something on NPR this morning that irked me, to say the least.
Since PBO took office over a year ago, there are still some 200 or so positions that are to be filled by his appointments. He has named people to these positions--don't misunderstand--but apparently there seems to be a little problem in getting the various Director-level folks into these positions. The little problem is ... partisan politics on the part of the Republicans.
Positions that normally are not required to go through the "hearing" phase are now being forced to do so because there is a certain faction in Washington DC that is hell-bent on bringing this country to its knees. It has become a matter of policy and political expediency over the years to not require certain positions (presumably less high-profile) to have to go through this phase, probably because the general sentiment has been that the longer a position is vacant, the less that gets accomplished in the agency since no one is "minding the store."
For instance, the individual named to take the Director position at the National Labor Relations Board -- for the first time in two decades -- now has to go through a hearing process. This notice came one day before his actual appointment was to start. And the Senator who decided to stall the process? None other than the esteemed Sen. McCain.
These appointments are now all subject to filibustering. How efficient and in the best interests of the people! It could take weeks, months or perhaps years to fill these at this rate. As someone here has said before, you just can't make this stuff up.
As someone else once said: "You people make my ass twitch."