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Bush does a flip-flop on anti-Kerry nominee

April 5, 2007

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— First, President Bush nominated Sam Fox, a St. Louis businessman and major Republican fundraiser, to be ambassador to Belgium. Then he withdrew the nomination when he saw it would fail in the Senate. And now he has appointed him while Congress is out of town and can't stop Fox from getting the job.

Fox drew Democrats' ire for his sizable donation to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group created in 2004 that claimed Sen. John Kerry exaggerated his military record in Vietnam. The relentless attacks against Kerry's patriotism and truthfulness are widely considered to have cost the Massachusetts Democrat the presidential election.

Bush's decision to give Fox the ambassadorship, after it became clear the Senate would not confirm him, is bound to inflame already tense relations between the legislative and executive branches.

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., called the maneuver "outrageous," "underhanded" and "an abuse of executive authority."

Kerry called it "sad but not surprising that the White House would abuse the power of the presidency to reward a donor over the objections of the Senate.

"Unfortunately, when this White House can't win the game, they just change the rules, and America loses," Kerry said. "Our country would be stronger if this administration spent more time getting body armor for our soldiers in Iraq than it did helping their powerful friends."

Dodd said he planned to ask the General Accountability Office, Congress' research arm, for an opinion on the legality of the appointment.

"I seriously question the legality of the president's use of the recess appointment authority in this instance," Dodd said.

The White House had little to say about the appointment, but in the past Bush has noted that recess appointments are well within a president's prerogative. In another instance, after Bush was thwarted by Congress, even when Republicans were in control, he used a recess appointment to name John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton held the post for 17 months until the end of 2006 and then resigned, realizing he had no chance of winning confirmation from a Democratic-controlled Senate.

Comments

Ragingbear 8 years, 1 month ago

This isn't the first time Bush has used loopholes and underhanded practices to get his way.

Gonna laugh my butt off when he's arrested when he's no longer president.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 1 month ago

no crimes, no arrest, just the bush deranged people get exploding heads. the "loophole" here is legal and good. the dem controlled senate blocked his nomination for purely political motives, payback.

good one, GWB, GO GET 'EM!

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 8 years, 1 month ago

Backing down to Kerry and Obama Bin Laden's assault on Fox's first amendment rights was the biggest mistake that Bush ever made, I'm delighted he's made it right.

You can never back down to a fascist who attempts to silence the truth.

The real disgrace is that this country's Stalinist media didn't raise a stink over the Democrat's outrageous attack on the first amendment.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 8 years, 1 month ago

Really, Kerry uses his power as a senator to punish someone who contributed to a political campaign that opposed him and that doesn't worry you? that would worry me regardless the party of the person misusing their power. That people on the left (like this newspaper) don't see Kerry's behavior as absolutely outrageous is itself very troubling, although not surprising.

ksmoderate 8 years, 1 month ago

"Sam Fox, a St. Louis businessman and major Republican fundraiser..."

And this makes him qualified to be Ambassador to Belgium HOW????

ksmoderate 8 years, 1 month ago

Is this yet another instance of Bush being "A uniter, not a divider"?

Flip-flop indeed...

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