Wednesday :: Apr 4, 2007

Another Cheney Finger In The Eye Towards Congress

by Steve

Why is this not surprising?

President Bush named Republican fundraiser Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium on Wednesday, using a maneuver that allowed him to bypass Congress where Democrats had derailed Fox's nomination.
Recognizing Fox did not have the votes to obtain Senate confirmation, Bush withdrew the nomination last month. On Wednesday, with Congress out of town for a spring break, the president used his power to make recess appointments to put Fox in the job without Senate confirmation.
In a press release Wednesday, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., responded to the president's move, saying, "It's sad but not surprising that this White House would abuse the power of the presidency to reward a donor over the objections of the Senate. This nomination was withdrawn because the administration realized it would lose in the Foreign Relations Committee. Unfortunately, when this White House can't win the game, they just change the rules, and America loses."
Added Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., "I seriously question the legality of the president's use of the recess appointment authority in this instance ... This is underhanded and an abuse of executive authority — sadly this behavior has become the hallmark of this administration."

Wow, this is truly the mark of a man who is sending the Democrats a big "F*ck you!" for the remainder of his term. Sure, I understand a president's desire to reward campaign contributors with ambassadorships for a couple of years, especially a doddering 77 year-old codger who apparently doesn't pay attention to who he writes checks to. But Bush and Cheney just told Biden and Kerry to stick it up their fannies, even though as Dodd notes it is suspect at best that the concept of "recess" here applies to a week-long Easter vacation instead of the more traditional and longer recesses between sessions or during August. But the White House doesn't care.

The Democrats should interpret this for what it is and act accordingly from here on out. So how many ways can the Democrats make this painful for the White House?

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