Conservatives have been hammering the Obama administration’s “czars” — high-level appointees who do not have to be confirmed by the senate — as unelected figures with too much authority. Now, several top Democrats are joining the chorus, most notably Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) who said he may hold an oversight hearing on the matter. Feingold asked the Obama administration to clearly define the roles of each czar and explain why he feels justified in appointing them without the “advice and consent” of the senate.
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Good morning, Capitolists! It’s a busy day in Washington, and here’s what’s making news today:
* Are Glenn Beck and the mainstream media dysfunctional co-dependents? Today’s example, Time magazine calls Beck a “mad man” and the “entrepreneur of angst,” and then puts him on the cover. Well played, Beck. Well played.
* President Obama goes to the University of Maryland this morning for a “rally on health insurance reform.” We’ve never been to a health care pep rally, but we can tell you this: Fear the turtle, Caps. Fear it.
* While Obama holds his pep rally on health care, Democrats hold a come-to-Harry meeting for their wayward colleagues on the topic when Senate Democrats huddle behind closed doors. With the Baucus bill out and two Democrats already announcing they won’t vote for it without a public option, Reid will be looking for some team unity today.