Irony can always find a home in the political world. When, for example, Republicans on Capitol Hill determinedly stalled President Obama's nomination of Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren as director of the new U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she finally said, "To hell with it" and went off to Massachusetts to run for the U.S.Senate.
She defeated Scott Brown, the Republican incumbent, which, to the GOP's dismay, cost it a seat. Do you think that in retrospect it would reconsider the trade-off that produced such unintended consequences?
That Potomac vignette of the GOP's mulish rejection of Warren could play out with a different setting this year. The ruling by the all-Republican three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals disqualifying Obama's three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But some observers are saying that it could also affect former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray's recess appointment to the consumer's group after another Republican blockade on Capitol Hill.
If so, in the scheme of things, he would be without a job. It might even encourage him to return to Ohio to challenge Gov. Kasich's re-election bid. Cordray is a name mentioned in most recaps of the potential Democratic field and, so the reasoning goes, could be the strongest tie-breaker within his party's field.
I'd say that in the Republicans' haste to say no- no- no, they're getting somewhat careless these days about their own welfare. It has often been shown that haste makes waste.
Note: My column on the Columbus Dispatch travelogues covering Kasich in Davos has been posted on Plunderbund