July 30, 2005

WHILE HE'S ON A ROLL:

Bush Plans to Bypass Senate, Appoint Bolton: By elevating his pick for U.N. ambassador during a recess, the president would skirt Democratic opposition. The move could last through 2006. (Warren Vieth and Sonni Efron, July 30, 2005, LA Times)

President Bush will sidestep Democratic opposition to his nomination of John R. Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by making a recess appointment not subject to Senate confirmation, a senior administration official said Friday.

The appointment, which is likely to further roil relations with congressional Democrats, will be announced before the president leaves Washington on Tuesday for a five-week working vacation at his Texas ranch, said the official, who requested anonymity because Bush had not yet publicly disclosed his intentions.


The Democrats' disastrous July just gets uglier.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2005 7:51 AM
Comments

Recess appointments last 1 year. Just in time for the 2006 elections.

Posted by: Gideon at July 30, 2005 10:51 AM

Gideon:

No, this one will expire in Jan. 2007, when the Congress elected in 2006 first convenes. But, Bush can do what Clinton did with Bill Lan Lee, who he wanted to have as head of the DOJ Civil Rights Division, but who couldn't get a floor vote i the Senate. He simply gave him TWO recess appointments. Bush could, as Clinto did with Lee, send Bolton's name up again after the 2006 elections (or, after adjournmnet of a lame duck session, if later) and then give him another recess appointment.

The important thing is to never, ever surrender on an appointment, even if it is flat voted down. Andrew Jackson showed how to do it: in the alternative, (1) send the same name back up, (2)find someone even more objectionable to fill the post (just imagine how eager the Dems would be to confirm Roberts if Bush threatened to send them Janet Rogers Brown next); (3) leave the post vacant, if not having it filled actually hurts your opponents. (Jackson once started closing down a frontier state's federal land office, which would have destroyed the economy, when a Senator of that state was blocking Jackson's choice to head it; he quickly folded and JAckson got his man htrough at light speed.) During Jackson's second term, he never had a problem with the Senate on appointments.

Posted by: Dan at July 30, 2005 11:06 AM

I won't be happy about this until I see a picture of Voinovich on the front page of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer doing the perp walk or in a dog collar being whipped by a masked and spiked-heeled dominatrix. That way I'll know the White House is finally doing its job when it comes to handling that waste of space, time and money that is and always will be the United States Senate.

Posted by: bart at July 30, 2005 12:09 PM

And what do the Dems have to look forward to after the August recess? Being forced by their puppetmasters on the left to argue that a conservative Catholic is inherently unfit to serve on the Supreme Court. With Schumer & Kennedy as the leaders of the charge (and subsequently playing starring roles in every ad for the challengers of Red State Dems in 2006)...

Posted by: b at July 30, 2005 12:43 PM

And what do the Dems have to look forward to after the August recess? Being forced by their puppetmasters on the left to argue that a conservative Catholic is inherently unfit to serve on the Supreme Court. With Schumer & Kennedy as the leaders of the charge (and subsequently playing starring roles in every ad for the challengers of Red State Dems in 2006)...

Posted by: b at July 30, 2005 12:43 PM

"waste of space, time and money"

I prefer to call its inhabitants a waste of protein.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 30, 2005 2:51 PM
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