The administration today used the official White House blog
to lash out at Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), who, as we reported today
, has put a hold on President Obama's nominations in order to get two big projects done in his home state.
"This is just the latest example of this kind opposition for opposition's sake that the President talked about earlier this week," wrote White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer. "This strategy of obstruction is preventing qualified people from doing their jobs on behalf of the American people and it's preventing real work from getting done in Washington."
"Every minute spent needlessly blocking noncontroversial nominees, many of whom go on to be confirmed by 70 or more votes or by voice vote (nine of the President's nominees so far), is a minute not spent on the issues that matter to American families," he continued.
Earlier today, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the holds "silliness."