The White House Fires Back on ‘Czars’

Created: October 06, 2009 14:46 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

Greg Sargent has the letter from White House Counsel Greg Craig to Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.), answering some of the worries he and other senators have expressed about the high-level administration officials appointed without the advise and consent of the Senate. Sargent sums up Craig’s points, which should really be embarrassing for the Republicans, like Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) who have talked ominously about 18 or more “unaccountable czars.” Basically, even the “czars” whose jobs were created by President Obama have been, or could be, called before Congress.

The slapdash nature of the anti-”czar” campaign from Republicans (not from the likes of Glenn Beck, who have been more targeted) has really been surprising. After the jump, for example, is the full video of a September 16 press conference where more than a dozen Republicans joined Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) to make the case against “czars.” It’s clear that few of them know how many so-called “czars” were given jobs without Senate confirmation.