GOP politicos went on the offensive on Sunday's morning talk shows, criticizing President Obama for the 15 appointments he made without the Senate's consent during the body's recess, a move George W. Bush used to confirm 171 appointments during his administration. On CNN's State of the Union, top White House adviser David Axelrod accused Republican Senators of a political sabotage of sorts, noting that voting on 77 high-level appointments had been delayed or blocked by Republican maneuvering. The GOP has “taken a position where they’re going to try and slow and block progress on all fronts, whether it’s legislation and appointments,” he said. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was particularly vocal, criticizing one of Obama's more controversial appointments, that of pro-union Craig Becker, formerly of the AFL-CIO, to the National Labor Relations Board. According to Graham, Obama's decision will alienate moderate Democrats and make it virtually impossible for him to pass immigration legislation.
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