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Bush Sidesteps Senate, Appoints Bolton To UN

Poor Kofi, that mean bully Bolton is coming to wreak havoc in his house...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush sidestepped the Senate and installed embattled nominee John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations on Monday, ending a five-month impasse with Democrats who accused Bolton of abusing subordinates and twisting intelligence to fit his conservative ideology.

"This post is too important to leave vacant any longer, especially during a war and a vital debate about UN reform," Bush said. He said Bolton had his complete confidence.

Bush put Bolton on the job in a recess appointment - an avenue available to the president when the Congress is in recess. Under the Constitution, a recess appointment during the lawmakers' August break would last until a newly elected Congress takes office in January 2007.

When liberal bloggers start breathing again, hopefully they'll note that recess appointments are hardly unprecedented...

Update: And looky there, we've got our first winners in the clueless whiny liberal sweepstakes - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), who both prove that reading (let alone understanding) the constitution isn't a job requirement. To their credit, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) at least start their remarks by recognizing the President's right to make recess appointments.

Paul Adds: Generically speaking, I agree with James that this is not the best idea (for the reasons he mentions in earlier posts)... But after reading ARC's rundown of the liberals' response, I think it might be worth it after all. ;-)


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Comments (22)

Bush did his part to strike... (Below threshold)

Bush did his part to strike out at the tyranny of the minority, something that needed to be done. The only reason the left denied an up or down vote is because they would lose, they werren't delaying it to build the ranks of dissenters, there aren't enough now nor would there ever have been. Those few left-wing wackos shouldn't ever have been allowed to drag it out this long. Democrat leadership is non-existent and common sense in the party as a whole is far from common. The aren't even smart enough to figure out they lost.

Democrat leadership is n... (Below threshold)

Democrat leadership is non-existent

Not quite. You don't hold together more than forty senators without SOME leadership. It's just the wrong kind of leadership--being against something just for spite.

Wait a minute. Why should... (Below threshold)
Lew Clark:

Wait a minute. Why shouldn't Kofi love him? If he is as mean, vicious, immoral and dishonest as we're told by those paragons of virtue in the Democratic Party, he should quickly become Kofi's "fair haired boy" to replace the previous fair haired boys who took the money and ran.

"To their credit, Sen. John... (Below threshold)

"To their credit, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) at least start their remarks by recognizing the President's right to make recess appointments."

But then Kerry lies:

"John Bolton has been rejected twice by the Senate to serve as our Ambassador to the United Nations."

No, Senator, his appointment was never put to a vote.

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Dan:That's relevan... (Below threshold)


That's relevant to Bolton at the UN how, exactly?

Generalized moonbat rant about Bush and oil doesn't count.

Dan, is Bolton responsible ... (Below threshold)

Dan, is Bolton responsible for ExxonMobil's profits? Wrong thread? Spam?

Generalized moonbat rant... (Below threshold)

Generalized moonbat rant about Bush and oil doesn't count.

How do you sit at a desk with your knee jerking so much Joe? I don't know what the hell Dan was talking about there, but it wasn't a rant and it didn't mention Pres. Bush. What are you talking about?

Kevin Aylward writes... (Below threshold)

Kevin Aylward writes: To their credit, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) at least start their remarks by recognizing the President's right to make recess appointments.

Yeah. Because it's really important that Senators waste their breath giving an American Government 1A lecture before their public remarks can be regarded with any seriousness.

Feel free to respond to the substance of the remarks from Bolton's critics whenever you get done stroking your big chalootie over Bush's most recent exercise of executive power.

Glad he did it. Gets a ling... (Below threshold)

Glad he did it. Gets a lingering issue off the plate, freeing up time and energy for more important fights.

mantis, I was asking how th... (Below threshold)

mantis, I was asking how the company profits report was relevant. I was trying to preclude a typical Bush-and-oil-companies response. Otherwise, his post was COMPLETELY random.

RE: Dan's irrelevant distra... (Below threshold)

RE: Dan's irrelevant distraction tour (August 1, 2005 02:04 PM)

Four posts - Four irrelevant references - Zero originality

Judges? 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.0 0.0

Ah yes. I see we have a member of the NYTimes on the panel today. Well, throwing out the highest and the lowest and averaging, we tabulate your score:


And the crowd gasps! It's actually higher than they expected. And now they're throwing tomatoes! Oh, it's a ghastly scene. Mayhem everywhere. Back to you in the booth, Frank.

I can see it coming - ... (Below threshold)

I can see it coming -


Remember Sen. Daschle - “Mr. Obstructionist?” He lost big, and he was the most powerful Dem. - the Minority Leader. Keep'em in the minority - losers.

I wonder who can come up with the best TV, radio and print ads telling the voters that the Democrats are the party of

a. “Filibuster,”
b. “Obstructionism,”
c. “no, no, no.”

Does anyone have any good ideas?

This is off-topic, but when... (Below threshold)

This is off-topic, but when are you announcing the winner of the caption contest?

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Has anyone mentioned to Fat... (Below threshold)

Has anyone mentioned to Fat Ted that his brother appointed Thurgood Marshall to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in exactly the same manner, because he was worried about being blocked by SOuthern Senators, including, Robert KKK Byrd?

Teddy said:"It's a d... (Below threshold)
B Moe:

Teddy said:
"It's a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent"

Is he talking about a filibuster?

You go W!The Dems ... (Below threshold)

You go W!

The Dems are in denial about the UN. The UN is a relic of the past. Have they (UN) proven to be a protecter of the downtrodden, or the oppressed, the murdered, victims of genocide, the suicide bombed ? NO!

The UN's defense is to ask more money from UN members (especially the US),to feed their coffers, while producing "reports" on the ills in the World. Meanwhile, their "reports" do not affect conditions in the world.

Tell me, how are they relevant? I can write "reports" all day from my computer. Unless my reports accomplish something, they are only reports.

So, the UN has good writers, but they are not accomplishing anything with their "reports".

Does that merit my tax dollars? I think not!

Wake up fellow principled R... (Below threshold)

Wake up fellow principled Republicans.

Funny thing happened to Bush's SCOTUS philosophy on his way to recess appoint Bolton to the UN.

He forgot that he has promised to appoint judges and justices in the mode of Scalia and Thomas.

Scalia and Thomas believe in the original intent argument for interpreting the US Constitution.

What I wonder was the original intent of the power for a recess appointment?

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

Not being a constitutional scholar I can only rely on the words that I read…THE POWER TO FILL UP ALL VACANCIES THAT MAY HAPPEN DURING THE RECESS OF THE SENATE…

I can't imagine either Scalia or Thomas interpreting that to mean anything other than to fill a vacancy in an emergency.
Now some might argue that Clinton also used the recess appointment to circumvent the will of the Senate. I agree. However Clinton never stated a judicial philosophy based on original intent.

Bush has either changed his philosophy, flip flopper; or he has made a craven political decision and lost the ability to portray himself as someone who is guided by a core belief system. Unless that belief system is win at any cost…

Fran:I'm not a con... (Below threshold)


I'm not a constitutional scholar either, but I'm willing to bet that it never occurred to the Framers of the Constitution that a steadily shrinking minority in the Senate could (or would) someday resort to cheap parliamentary tricks to prevent presidential appointees from being voted on for offices that they would be confirmed to in a straightforward, up or down vote.

You said that you thought that Scalia and Thomas would view recess appointments as an emergency measure (paraphrasing). I agree. And having a key diplomatic post go vacant because of the spiteful behavior of a bunch of spoiled brats who can't get over the fact that they're not running the show anymore is, IMHO, an emergency.

fatman complains: <i... (Below threshold)

fatman complains: ...to prevent presidential appointees from being voted on for offices that they would be confirmed to in a straightforward, up or down vote.

Bolton was not being filibustered, and his confirmation vote was being delayed by Republicans and Democrats alike. The truth is that his confirmation was delayed by the White House itself— it was the White House that delayed providing the documents on Bolton the Senate required until after the Congress recessed. It was the White House that engineered the need for a recess appointment by refusing to provide the Senate with timely information.

Never mind the fact that, if Bolton's confirmation vote had been conducted with a secret ballot, it would have been a slaughter for him.

fatmanWhat the frame... (Below threshold)

What the framers could or could not anticipate doesn't solve the problem. If you believe in original intent then you believe in it warts and all, otherwise you sound like a squishy liberal who believes in a living breathing constitution.
As we often here…if you don't like the law…change it.






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