Skip to comments.Dean: Bolton Appointment Another 'Abuse of Power'
Posted on 08/01/2005 11:02:02 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
Today, in an unprecedented move, President Bush announced that he would use a recess appointment to install his embattled nominee John Bolton as Ambassador to the United Nations -- over the objection of Senate Democrats and many Republicans. The appointment comes amid unanswered questions regarding Bolton's involvement in an ongoing State Department probe about the use of false intelligence.
Bush's decision to circumvent bipartisan opposition to Bolton is another example of the White House's willingness to abuse their power and silence critics in an effort to reward loyal political allies, even at the expense of America's international stature and national security. Bolton has aroused significant bipartisan opposition in the Senate because the White House repeatedly stonewalled specific, legitimate requests from senators for access to Bolton's employment records at the White House and the State Department. Bolton attracted greater criticism last week when it was revealed that he had failed to report on his Senate questionnaire that he was questioned by the State Department Inspector General probing the use of false intelligence data in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement and sharply criticized President Bush's recess appointment of Bolton to the United Nations:
"In a truly arrogant move, President Bush abused his power by refusing to provide documents to answer legitimate questions about John Bolton and our national security, and his use of the recess appointment for one of the most important and sensitive posts in international diplomacy is troubling," said Dean. "Bolton is the next in a line of Bush nominees who have had their integrity called into question because of this President's continuing failure to fulfill his constitutional obligation to be honest and forthright with the Senate and the American people. By moving unilaterally to overrule the Senate and appoint a nominee who is being dogged by significant questions about his integrity on intelligence matters, Bush has reduced our nation's ability to cooperate with our allies on the war on terror."
This is such utter NONSENSE.
The Democrats actually think people are going to buy this crap?
If this one is "an abuse of power," what was it when Clinton not only made recess appointments, but executive orders when it pleased him?
As far as this bunch is concerned, a Republican taking a breath is an abuse of power, exploiting all those helpless little oxygen molecules.
Don't they ever sleep?
Then Clinton had 140 abuses of power for recess nominations alone.
Don't make the mistake of assuming that when a Democrat speaks, that just because it sounds like English, that it is... the words all look the same but the meanings of them are totally different.
I love the smell of rat indignation in the morning.
They forgot the rest of Dean's quote:
"An ABUUUUUSE of POWWWWWWWAH!!! YEEEEEHAAAHHHH!!"
Democrats claiming Bolton is "damaged goods" is like me parking my car in the middle of the freeway and then complaining about how bad the traffic is.
And it matters what Mr. Blowhard says because?
How many total recess appointments (for both terms) has President Bush made?
I think I heard the figure 140 on the radio today. (Clinton recess appointments)
On his blog at NRO, Eric Pfeiffer wrote:
"Youll be hearing a lot of criticism from the left today on John Boltons recess appointment as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. A few statistics worth noting:
During his two terms, Bill Clinton had 140 recess appointments, including former Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor.
Former President Bush made 77 recess appointments during his one term.
Ronald Reagan made 243 recess appointments during his two terms.
Jimmy Carter made 68 recess appointments during his term in office.
In October, 1961 John F. Kennedy appointed Thurgood Marshall to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
President Dwight Eisenhower made three recess appointments to the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Earl Warren, and associate justices William Brennan and Potter Stewart. All three eventually received full Senate confirmation."
Good grief - they are really reaching................
This reporter blows it right there. Recess appointments happen all the time. Hundreds for every president in modern times.
-- over the objection of Senate Democrats and many Republicans.
Another mistake. Many Republicans is who, Crying George Voinivich? One other senator, maybe?
Bush's decision to circumvent bipartisan opposition to Bolton is another example of the White House's willingness to abuse their power and silence critics in an effort to reward loyal political allies, even at the expense of America's international stature and national security.
By now, it is clear that this is just a hit piece by a partisan hack, the writer unconcerned about facts or evidence.
As for Howard Dean, who gives a rip what he says? Hes simply a curiosity, a fringe element, an ineffective and unappealing spokesman for a fringe political party.
it Bush's perogative and of course BUSHFAULT!
Howard Dean, the gift that just keeps on giving.
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