Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Bush to Bypass the Obstructionists?

The Donks still maintain a filibuster on the nomination of John Bolton, so President Bush may make an end-around the Senate and temporarily appoint him.
(CBS/AP) Senate Democrats blocked John Bolton's confirmation as U.N. ambassador for the second time Monday and President Bush left open the possibility of bypassing lawmakers and appointing the tough-talking former State Department official on his own.

The vote was 54-38, six shy of the total needed to force a final vote on Bolton, and represented an erosion in support from last month's failed Republican effort. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, who voted in May to advance the nomination, switched positions and urged Bush to consider another candidate.

Bush has the power to install Bolton during the Senate's upcoming July 4 recess. The so-called recess appointment would only last through the next one-year session of Congress — in Bolton's case until January 2007.

Should Bush decide against that, he could withdraw the nomination or authorize further concessions to Democrats who are demanding access to information, some of it classified, about Bolton before they stop stalling.

Even before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., predicted the Senate would block the nomination again — leaving Bush in a ticklish situation.

I say President Bush should go around these self-centered obstructionists and appoint Bolton, because if he doesn't, the Donks will continue in their evil ways. It will upset the Donks if did such a move, but what the hell, I like to see the Donks whining, crying and acting like spoiled children that don't get their way. Too bad Donks, the country can't wait for you, we need a strong ambassador to the UN, and Bolton is the MAN!

Mr Minority