The dove of peace had barely lit on the halls of Congress this week when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., chased it away with down-the-party-lines National Labor Relations Board nomination gambit.
Reid moved to limit debate on the controversial request to name Richard F. Griffin Jr. as NLRB general counsel. Griffin was a player in an earlier NLRB drama in which President Obama tried to sneak him and a couple other nominees onto the board by claiming them as recess appointments. Griffin’s name was subsequently withdrawn in a compromise with the GOP. Then, last month, his name bubbled up for the vacant spot of general counsel.