June 21, 2005

WHAT'S THE DOWNSIDE?:

Bush faces hard choices over Bolton: The president could push for a recess appointment if he can't boost Senate support. (Gail Russell Chaddock, 6/22/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

A second failed Senate vote to move the nomination of John Bolton as US ambassador to the United Nations this week leaves President Bush with three options, all costly.

One is to go for another vote. Republicans need 60 votes to end debate on the embattled nominee; by a leadership count, they are short three. Another option is for the president to make a controversial recess appointment, which could come as early as the July 4 break. A third - and the least likely - is to send Congress another nominee.

At the heart of that decision is a calculation that plays in all nomination battles: Is the dispute about the nominee or is it actually a proxy for a fight with the president over policy?


There's a spate of these "tough choice" analyses around, but how can it conceivably hurt the President to ram a recess appointment down the Democrats' throats after they filibustered his nominee?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 21, 2005 7:02 PM
Comments

Or, just announce that we will have a UN AMbassador when the Senate confirms John Bolton, and leave the seat empty.

Posted by: Dan at June 21, 2005 10:16 PM

. . . and then add:

If there is no ambassador by Labor Day, the U.S. will simply pull out of the U.N. - membership and dues.

Posted by: obc at June 21, 2005 11:06 PM
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