June 20, 2005


Bush may bypass Senate, appoint Bolton, Rice hints (Douglass K. Daniel, June 20, 2005, Associated Press)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is keeping open the possibility that President Bush will bypass the Senate to get John R. Bolton installed as U.N. ambassador temporarily if Democrats persist in holding up a confirmation vote. [...]

Asked on "Fox News Sunday'' whether Bush would consider a recess appointment of Bolton — a temporary placement that does not require Senate approval — Rice said: "We'll see what happens this week.''

The Senate plans to take a July Fourth recess in two weeks. Under the Constitution, a president can make an appointment during a Senate recess without the chamber's approval of the nominee. That appointment lasts only through the next one-year session of Congress — which in this case would mean until January 2007.

It was unclear whether Rice's statement was an indication that the administration would seriously consider a recess appointment for Bolton or whether it was meant to increase leverage for White House bargaining with Senate Democrats.

"What we need to do is we need to get an up-or-down vote on John Bolton,'' Rice said on ABC's "This Week.'' "Let's find out whether, in fact, the Senate — in its whole, in its entirety — intends and wants to confirm him. That's all that we're asking.''

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., predicted that Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., would fail in an effort late today to end the filibuster. He said Democrats are standing for principle by delaying the vote until the administration provides what they seek.

"Once we get it, we can have an up-and-down vote immediately,'' Biden said on CBS' "Face the Nation.'' "We're not going to let the administration tell us we're not entitled to exercise our oversight responsibility. If we give up on this, we might as well forget about oversight.''

Note that the principle involved is just forcing the executive to yield, not anything to do with what might be in the papers. Since that's the case the President may as well show them he's boss.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 20, 2005 1:19 PM

Do it George, just for the fun of it!

Posted by: Genecis at June 20, 2005 3:18 PM

Second the motion. Do it already.

Posted by: erp at June 20, 2005 4:01 PM

He should have done a few weeks ago when the Ds began to turn this into a circus.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 20, 2005 4:03 PM