April 4, 2007

SENATOR KERRY RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING...:

Bush's Recess Appointments Override Democrats (John D. McKinnon, 4/04/07, Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire)

President Bush used his recess-appointment power to override Democrats' objections and install three significant appointees in office. The three were Susan Dudley, a conservative academic nominated to be the White House regulatory czar; Republican fund-raiser Sam Fox, a contributor to the controversial Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, whom Bush tapped to be ambassador to Belgium; and Andrew Biggs, an advocate of private accounts for Social Security, whom Bush had picked as deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration.

Democrats had successfully bottled up all the nominations in the Senate.


...thank you, sir, may I have another.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 4, 2007 5:54 PM
Comments

At this point, don't all recess appointments get to serveruntil the end of Bush's term? So, why would he send anyone up to the Senate for a Show Trial, especially a "controversial appointment' like Gonzales' successor? (Other than to deny the Dems their fun?)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 4, 2007 6:19 PM

The notion that the Swift Boat Vets and anyone who supported them should be banished from the political mainstream is perhaps the most grotesque and offensive idea I've ever heard. They're heroes, every one of them.

Posted by: b at April 4, 2007 6:26 PM

Ambassador to Belgium, a deputy commissioner and an OMB flunky

I do not think this writer actully knows what "significant" means.

Posted by: Bob at April 5, 2007 9:00 AM

Every appointment is significant when the Republican President "ignores the will of the American people" by bypassing the US Senate.

Posted by: Dave W at April 5, 2007 9:11 AM
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