Monday, August 01, 2005

Can he just do this?

President Bush has appointed John Bolton as Ambassador to the U.N., bypassing the Senate vote -- he just decided he was done waiting for their approval. Now that's decisive executivism!



Attila said...

Yes, he can.

By the way, the opponents were the ones who prevented a Senate vote, not the President. Bolton had majority support but not 60 votes to break the Democrats' filibuster.

The Misanthrope said...

Attila, the White House was withholding information on Bolton. There was also the issue of Bolton hiding sensitive information that might have changed the march to war. Unfortunately, what this does is continue divisive politics. This is just Bush showing he can win regardless of what the repercussions might be. No one at the UN will pay Bolton much mind considering his job is up in January 2007.

andrea said...

i go on the record : bush is a megalomaniac.

Rags said...

It's also worth pointing out that this was not what the framers had in mind when providing for recess appointments. This rule was intended to allow for emergency situations when a role needed to be filled while Congress was in recess, not to allow presidents to do an end-run after not getting his way.

It's another shameless, cowardly act by a shameless, cowardly president.

But remember, he's a "uniter," not a "divider." Yea, and monkeys may fly out of my butt.

Chandira said...

Andrea, it took you 5 years? ;-)

Eeeeee.... I never wish my life away, but I'm hanging on desparately for 2008..

Chandira said...


English is my first language, I swear..