Robert Portman

GOP's anti-democratic tantrum

GOP's anti-democratic tantrum

"Balanced." "Fair-minded." Showing "great personal integrity." These are some of the terms a bipartisan group of 37 state attorneys general used to describe former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, President Barack Obama's nominee for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Add to that list "good public servant," the phrase Ohio Republican Sen. Robert Portman used to describe him just days ago.

Sounds like a radical, doesn't he?

If he's not, how else do we explain last week's move by 45 members of the U.S. Senate to block his appointment to that post? After all, by blocking Mr. Cordray's appointment, that...