Democrats Mock Beck's Czar Hunt

Bogus name tars legit jobs, they say, but even some Dems aren't sure
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2009 8:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Democrats are fighting back against the anti-czar fervor that has taken hold of the Republican party. Many of the so-called czars these officials insist must be confirmed by the Senate actually already have been, writes Jason Linkins of the Huffington Post. Others occupy positions they themselves voted to create, and others still are random functionaries they’ve decided to label czars.

So the DNC has issued a new ad turning Glenn Beck’s own anti-czar rants against him, pointing out how many of the czar positions he’s railing against were created by President Bush. But this week Democrats Russ Feingold and Dianne Feinstein broke ranks to voice objections about the czars—though Feinstein acknowledged the mislabeling, saying it isn’t “quite fair,” to call the deputy Interior secretary a czar.