Hope that everybody had a great New Year's, not too much champagne. So I guess it is get down to business time.
Well, it's here. All of us political junkies, a.k.a. nerds, could hardly wait for it, but election season has officially begun. It comes with all of the trappings, polls, predictions, candidates ripping .each other, Karl Rove's dry marker board. All of the things we have come to know and love.
It has come with some surprises too. The just-the-right-moment surge of Rick Santorum. Just 2 weeks ago, Santorum was polling in single digits, but came in just 8 votes behind Mitt Romney. Ron Paul won't be going anywhere anytime soon. Because of great organization, Paul finished a strong third. As Rick Santorum surged, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich dropped in the polls and finished fourth. He has vowed to continue on to try his luck in New Hampshire on Tuesday, where Romney has a 20 point lead over Ron Paul. Rick Perry has his sights on South Carolina, and after a dismal last place finish in Iowa, Michelle Bachmann has suspended her campaign.
While our attentions are trained elsewhere, it seems our old pal President Obama is up to his old tricks. This past Wednesday, Obama made recess appointments of Richard Cordray, who became the top consumer watchdog, and three members to fill vacant spots on the National Labor Relations Board. Just one problem, The Senate was technically in session. We can conclude from this that, A:The President of The United States has not familiarized himself with the governing document of the nation of which he has been elected President, or B: He views the Constitution of The United States as an obstacle to be gotten around. This would not be the first time that possible Constitutional acrobatics had been tried.