May 26, 2005

FRUIT OF THE POISONOUS TREE:

NEXT STEP: BOLTON FOR THE U.N. (May 26, 2005)

The fruits of the Senate deal on filibusters began to be seen yesterday with the confirmation at last of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Nominated in May 2001, Owen has been in limbo the longest of any of President Bush's judicial nominees.

The vote was 56-43 — meaning that, as Republicans had argued, there was strong support for Justice Owen in the Senate. Two Democrats voted for her confirmation, one Republican voted against (as did Jim Jeffords, an independent who usually votes with Democrats).

Debate also finally began yesterday on confirmation of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. In the spirit of the filibuster compromise California Democrat Barbara Boxer dropped her "hold" on the nomination, which could have blocked it indefinitely.


The beauty of it is that the GOP can keep pushing this new spirit line until the Democrats refuse to roll over anymore and then the President just whips out his recess appointment power.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 26, 2005 1:34 PM
Comments

Well, anything that has Ted Kennedy suing the President sounds good to me.

Posted by: ratbert at May 26, 2005 3:04 PM

Dems put Bolton on hold again. The recess starts tomorrow. Bush appoints Bolton and the all the other judges on Saturday. Game over.

Posted by: erp at May 26, 2005 6:59 PM
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