Over the weekend, President Obama announced that he would bypass the Senate process and fill 15 federal positions during Congress's recess period. Republicans, like South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, criticize the president, saying that by passing the healthcare reform bill and by making appointments without Republican support, the president will have a much harder time getting GOP cooperation on future legislation. President Obama defended his actions, scolding the Republicans for obstructing progress. Meanwhile, conservative Thomas Jefferson Street blogger Peter Roff says that because the president has already overcome his biggest obstacle--healthcare--he may have an easier road ahead toward achieving his other policy goals.
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