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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

In your face, Senate!

"Mr. Bush had been unable to get Mr. Bolton's nomination confirmed by the Senate, so he waited until Congress left town and used his constitutional power to make recess appointments. This is a perfectly legal tactic, though one that has seldom been used to fill this kind of position. A recess appointment is particularly dicey for a major diplomatic post, where a good nominee should carry an aura of personal gravitas and legitimacy.

The problem here from the beginning has been that Mr. Bush clearly has little respect for either the United Nations or international diplomacy in general." [New York Times]

Republican Senator Pat Roberts: "A Recess Appointment 'Would Weaken Not Only Mr. Bolton But Also The United States'..." [Washington Post]