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Biden Slams Sam Fox Recess Appointment

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joe Biden (D-Del.) finally weighed in today on the Bush administration's surprise recess appointment of Sam Fox to be ambassador to Belgium. Democrats are outraged, arguing it is illegal for President Bush to use a recess appointment to install someone whose nomination was no longer even pending before Congress.

Biden, who is running for president and was stumping in Iowa yesterday when the White House announced the surprise recess appointment, said, "This is a clear abuse of the President's recess appointment power and contrary to the Framers' intent," adding that "If the President wants Sam Fox to be the Ambassador to Belgium, he should rescind the recess appointment and send him back to the Senate, so that we can vote on the nomination. We've been working in good faith on the President's nominees and his recess appointment of Sam Fox flies in the face of this bipartisan cooperation."

Realizing that he wouldn't win approval, President Bush withdrew Fox's nomination last week less than an hour before the Foreign Relations Committee was set to vote on it. Democratic opposition to Fox, a major Republican political contributor who gave $50,000 to help fund the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign that helped doom Sen. John Kerry's (D-Mass.) 2004 presidential bid, was led by none other than...Kerry.

Biden is one of three Democratic presidential candidates on the foreign relations panel - Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) are the others - all three of whom released statements condemning Bush's decision.

Not to be outdone, John Edwards jumped into the fray today lambasting Bush for playing the recess appointment card.

"It was appalling when President Bush attempted to repay the financial patron of the 'Swift Boat veterans' with a diplomatic assignment," he said. "It is unconscionable that he now seals the deal with a recess appointment after it was clear Sam Fox could not be confirmed... This contemptible end run around the Senate is an affront to the veterans whose honor Fox paid to smear."

For his part, Obama said in a statement Wednesday, "It's disappointing that President Bush would defy the will of Congress by appointing Sam Fox Ambassador to Belgium. I opposed Mr. Fox's nomination because I had serious concerns about his candor, judgment, and qualifications for this important post."

For more on the story, click here to read yesterday's posting.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 5, 2007; 2:34 PM ET
 
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This is off topic, but Mary Ann is on Tucker Carlson right now. She seems a bit nervous but is pretty good whenever Hilary Rosen and Carlson let her get a word in edgewise. BTW Why is Tucker Carlson still on the air? He is a terrible host.
I'd like to see a feminine version of Crossfire with Mary Ann and Rachel Maddow. Their hair styles would go well together, if not their politics.
O.K. here's Mary Ann talking about the Fox nomination. Hilary Rosen is actually the one taking Bush's side on this, she even mentioned the Hormel appointment. Mary Ann is more empathetic to the Democrats position.
Now she's on the subject of Edwards website. She comes off better than she did on her blog yesterday.
O.K. Tucker, shut up and let your guests speak. Mary Ann, praising Obama's fundraising ability. Rosen saying this will help Hillary become a better candiddate.
Cut to commercial with a Sanjaya teaser. I won't stick around for this segment.
Anyway, Mary Ann did a good job all around.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 5, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh good, more Mary Ann. Mitt Romney's the topic. Mary Ann says she can claim to be a hunter all her life as much as Romney. More Tucker bloviating...Romney is too liberal for Tucker. He's afraid somebody will take away his gun. He's having a worse hair day than Mary Ann. Speaking of hair, now they're going to do the Sanjaya story, hopefully Mary Ann won't have to weigh in on that one. I wonder how Mary Ann would look with a Mohawk. Hmmm...

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 5, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

We need more Swift Boat people in there, not less. By the way, has Sen. Biden cleaned up his resume yet?

Posted by: Clay Bullröhr | April 5, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Biden is a bad joke. Nevertheless, Bush has a lot of baggage to contend with, Iraq and, now, Gonzogate. Of course, it would have been better to appoint a Foreign Service Officer.

Posted by: Will Durant | April 5, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Whats all the fuss? Fox is a lot better than what I had expected, Brownie, Kerick or Harriet Miers.

Posted by: Jim Grant | April 5, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anything this bunch of criminals has done has made me more angry. Who should represent this country? How about a thug connected with the most viciously dishonest campaign smear in recent history. If the left were to appoint Michael Moore ambassador it would be the same thing. Bury these creeps with supeona's they're partisan thugs.

Posted by: Joel Hinman | April 5, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Joel,

Evidence that it was a smear? The people involved served on Swift Boats, just like Kerry did. Why don't they have the right to tell their story? Is there non-partisan evidence you can point us to that says they lied?

Posted by: Silent Cal | April 5, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you who oppose Fox's nomination have any qualms about doing it for the sole reason of punishing his participation in the political process? Did you also speak out when Clinton pardoned Mark Rich? Are you prepared to speak out when our next Democratic president appoints MoveOn donors to ambassadorships?

Time to take the long view of history instead of short-term political bombthrowing?

Posted by: Silent Cal | April 5, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Bye Bye Now Deemed Obsolete Constitution..Another test of your grist..Someone really should tap George on the wrist.

Posted by: Sonja | April 5, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Nothing BushCo does can suprise me now. The man is a crook and so is he "vice president". They should all be in jail.
Since he and cheney know the end is near...they will steal, pilage and destroy everything they touch for the next two years. It's going to take years to get the stench of their corruption out of the Whitehouse.

Posted by: TJFRMLA | April 5, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Form the ashes of Iran Contra to the Halls of ambassadorial appointments it seems the Bush family has learned one thing from politics...how to avoid the law...it is childish and sadly sneaky how the admin has abused their power and resorted to immature displays of...nah nah na na nah

Posted by: Bush | April 5, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

least hes consistent. *** swift boat was utterly effective. swift boat undermined relatively unbiased government documents archived over 30 years ago -- reeks of rove. *** what constitutes *quid pro quo* these days, anyway?

Posted by: egalitiare | April 5, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Bush did something that flaunted the Constitution?

I'm shocked.

Posted by: Ben | April 5, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

So the Democrats, especially Kerry, have been "out Foxed". I'm lovin' it!

Posted by: grayhawk | April 5, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

So the Democrats, especially Kerry, have been "out Foxed". I'm lovin' it!

Posted by: grayhawk | April 5, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

The heck with swift boat who gives a hoot!! This is only another action this president as taken to show that he will do anything. He needs to be asked to get out of office or be impreached. This Country cannot stand two more years of this rascal and his buddies. Its time for them to go, PAST TIME.

Posted by: eagle eyes | April 5, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Anything goes when it comes to packing in their cronies. - Isn*t that right, boys?

Posted by: odin966 | April 6, 2007 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I came over here thinking that she*d do a column on Nancy Pelosi's outfits on her trip to Damascus. -- I expected something like: *Nancy looks smart and sophisticated in her Sahara Armani Jacket and dress cut to the knee - showing just enough leg to Assad to be bold and assertive, yet not disrespectful of Islamsic mores. One could tell she was all business, too, in her *no-nonsense* panty hose. . . Oh, well.

Posted by: odin966 | April 6, 2007 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it's just Democrats who are outraged. The people who support Bush are only Republicans. There is poll after poll after poll that will tell you that we Independents are outraged by Bush's tactics nearly as much as Democrats are. I wish the media (not speaking to this article specifically) could get that straight.

Posted by: Jan | April 6, 2007 4:58 AM | Report abuse

Ben, please: he didn't "flaunt" the Constitution. He "flouted" it. Flaunt means 'to make a gaudy or defiant display' Flout means 'to show scorn or contempt for'. The Texan ostrich does both, but on this occasion I think 'flout' is more accurate

Posted by: davidbl | April 6, 2007 7:28 AM | Report abuse

America is outraged as American's watch Mr. Bush continue on a path of self destruction; determined not to be a lame duck; taking America and her children with him.

Mr. Bush has no foreign policy and he is also hated in these countries he puts his conservative big business buddies in charge of democracy in that part of the world, kinda like putting the fox in charge of counting chickens.

Quack Quack Quack!

Posted by: Patrick | April 6, 2007 8:50 AM | Report abuse

The Swift Boat campaign was reprehensible. The crew of Kerry's boat and, most significantly, the soldier he rescued, all support Kerry's version of events. The official Navy after-action report supports Kerry's version. Kerry did, however, embellish some events (although not the rescue of the soldier under fire from the shore) - most notably claiming to have been in Cambodia when he was nowhere near it.

The Swift Boat attacks began in the '70's when Kerry emerged as an important anti-war activist. Kerry testified to Congress on atrocities reportedly committed by US troops in Vietnam. He was repeating stories told by other veterans against the war at a veterans' anti-war symposium. As far as can be determined, some of the stories were true, some were exaggerated and some were fabricated. There were definitely atrocities - My Lai being the most notorious. However, there were also a lot of wild, unsubstantiated stories floating around.

There were some bitter exchanges between pro-war and anti-war veterans in those days. Kerry and the leader of the Swift Boat Veterans debated the war on the Dick Cavett Show. Unlike today, the anti-war movement repeatedly attacked the soldiers and the military was a distinctly unpopular institution.

In any event, the handling of the Swift Boat attacks underscores the incompetence of the Kerry campaign. There should have been no surprise at the attacks. The Swift Boat Veterans leader, John O'Neil, was actively pushing his version of events. They should have been ready. Letting the attacks air unanswered for so long was one of the stupidest decisions made in a presidential campaign.

Posted by: JimD in FL | April 6, 2007 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Those of you asking for proof that Fox*s swift boat story was lie-based, completely and intentially miss the point, due to your extreme partisan bias, and your inability to logically support that bias. The issue is that the president once again undermined constitutionally established procedure. Bush*s methods are consistant with those of a dictatorship, not a democracy. Bush surrounds himself with lapdogs, and Silent Cal is campaigning for the next appointment. I have a problem with Fox*s appointment, because it did not receive Congressional approval by my duly elected representatives. Now Silent Cal, explain to me how Fox*s resume qualifies him for this position, regardless of any Congressional objection. I have no doubt that your knowledge of Fox begins, and ends with, he is a loyal Bush man.

Posted by: Mark from Planet Earth | April 6, 2007 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Our president... the one who rewards people who support lying.

There's a guy you can admire... if you're a thief maybe.

I think that aside from the major gaffs he's committing right and left, it's these smaller things that have helped drive Bush's approval ratings to the low 30s. I'm having trouble finding anything in the man to admire and respect anymore.

It will be the end of a long nightmare for most of us when he finally leaves office.

George W. Bush - Worst President in the history of the United States of America

Posted by: Joe in MT | April 6, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

LETS GET RIGHT TO THE POINT - KERRY WENT TO NAM - WHILE GOOD OLD GEORGE WAS BLOWING HIS BRAINS OUT DRINKING IN ALABAMA

Posted by: B.K. Cross | April 6, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Well the "drive by media" and all their supporters are out again to get the President who is actually winning the battle one step at a time with his coordinated efforts here and abroad.

No matter how they scream, the left is beginning to understand that we are so much better off now that the Clinton era is behind us some six years. Just think the economy is booming and the need to add trained workers is growing. So why not step back and enjoy the view of a safe and prosperous USA.

Posted by: jimday | April 6, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

KERRY schmerry ... he was in the Navy, screwed up, couldn't even read a calendar (remember his fantasy about Christmas?) then ducked out to become a street walking, dopey hippy in Bahston (Boston for those outside of Mass.) HAS kERRY EVER DONE ANYTHING EXCEPT PROTEST, DREAM, BLOW HARD AND LIVE OFF RICH WOMEN?

Posted by: kake | April 6, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

kake,it is hero's like you and Chaney who are making this country so great!!Take the first trip to the Front line that you can get.

Posted by: Granny | April 6, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

So I assume all other appointments get held up until this is resolved
And the budget for the State Department will need some extra time to consider reductions

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Bad hair? Mary ann? Mary Ann is a hottie, and would be hot even if she were bald.

Posted by: Jerry Bainbridge | April 6, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

No matter how they scream, the left is beginning to understand that we are so much better off now that the Clinton era is behind us some six years. Just think the economy is booming and the need to add trained workers is growing. So why not step back and enjoy the view of a safe and prosperous USA.

Posted by: jimday | April 6, 2007 11:02 AM
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See folks, this is how it's done. I wish more progressives would get a clue from this commenter. Get off your high horses and stop being so sanctimonious. Irony is much more effective. Jimday is the Stephen Colbert of this blog.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 6, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What a sorry bunch you Republican "bushies"
are. Excusing anything and everything this president does. He did not "outfox" the Democrats! He "outfoxed" our constitution at the expense of us all.Every person in this country should wake up and start standing up for what is right(no pun intended)or we will have nothing left!

Posted by: Granny Annie | April 6, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

What a sorry bunch you Republican "bushies"
are. Excusing anything and everything this president does. He did not "outfox" the Democrats! He "outfoxed" our constitution at the expense of us all.Every person in this country should wake up and start standing up for what is right(no pun intended)or we will have nothing left!

Posted by: Granny Annie | April 6, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I think Kerry's vindictive refusal to *advise and consent* by permitting the appointment of this qualified ambassadorial candidate undermines the constitution more than a recess appointment.

Posted by: PJ | April 6, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I know this stinks and is a slap in the face to Congress by Bush. However, there is nothing Congress can do about it. It is a Constitutional move by the President and the Democrats are just going to have to take it. But, If I were Congress I would not forget this and I'd continue to try and stick it this President for everything that he has done to this nation.

Posted by: BigB | April 6, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Why is this a column, and how is it "sleuth"y? It's just a rehash of previously reported news.

Posted by: Huh? | April 6, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Rightwingers are such pathetic cowards. They attack John Kerry, and now thet are attacking the British sailors that were held hostage by Iran. Neil Cavuto, Glenn Beck, and Tucker Carlson must have gotten their talking points from the White House. These sissies all used the word "appalling" to describe the hostages letters home. Name, rank, and serial number is all these brave pundits would give up. Yeah right! Can you imagine if Tucker Carlson was held under duress. I could get him to give up state secrets just by threatening to muss his hair.
It's laugh out loud funny, yet somewhat alarming that rightwingers are all going guano gonzo before our very eyes.
Forgive them Lord. They know not what they've done.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 6, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I think Kerry's vindictive refusal to *advise and consent* by permitting the appointment of this qualified ambassadorial candidate undermines the constitution more than a recess appointment.
Posted by: PJ | April 6, 2007 02:58 PM
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PJ, What ever do you mean? The Fox nomination was scheduled for a vote before the Senate. Bush withdrew the nomination. Kerry wasn't even allowed to vote on the matter, so how can you accuse him of being vindictive.
Why do rightwingers attack bona fide heroes and rush to the defense of a sniveling, vindictive coward like George Bush. Have you no shame?

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 6, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

This is typical of the Bush Bunch. They have no respect for the Constitution and are concerned about nothing but themselves. They are not in government to serve, but to enhance their own agenda at the expense of this country and its citizens. This is just the latest example. Despicable !

Posted by: Midnight Mike | April 6, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I am always amazed to hear bobble head republicans agreeing with anything "republican". It's apparent that they are unable to think for themselves or understand reality when it is explained in depth.

The Swiftboaters were debunked with facts. Yet, these die hards are still beating their chests over their so-called reality.

Here we have the most corrupt administration in the history of the U. S. and these clowns think that anything Bush does is okay. Fools.

Do they realize that the dismantling of our Constitution by these cowards will affect them negatively as it will the rest of us? Do they realize that these cowards, who ducked out of military service, do not have the moral fiber to question any patriot's service?

No, I think not. They are just not able to think for themselves or understand the dire consequences to this nation because of the criminal, contemptible behavior of this bunch of cowards.

Posted by: Moi? | April 7, 2007 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Why not appoint Fox. So he donated to a political campaign - now thats illegal? Politics of personal destruction? You mean like waht Kerry attempted to do to all of us when he returned from his short stay in Viet Nam? So Gonzales cans some attorneys for political reasons and should be fired - maybe Kerry should be resign for blocking the noimination - for his obvious political reasoning. What Kerry could not stand - what liberals cannot stand - is a taste of their own vile medicine. Cry me a river Kerry.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2007 7:12 AM | Report abuse

I am always confused by the Swift Boaters attacking Kerry. You would think they would be more upset by someone who avoided service by joining the Guard, and then didn't show up. Or does "swifties" imply how fast they ran?

Do you think someone is trying to prove how tough they are or feel guilty about their service?

Or were the attacks on Kerry really something else?

Oh..... its too much for me.

Posted by: PT | April 7, 2007 7:41 AM | Report abuse

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD IT IS THE AMBASSADOR TO BELGIUM. IT IS NOT AN IMPORTANT POSITION. HALF OUR STATES ARE BIGGER THAN BELGIUM. CONCENTRATE ON MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS.

Posted by: RDoherty | April 7, 2007 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I could only get through the first 30 or so posts....then I remembered...this was a post as Ambassador to.....BELGIUM!!!!!!!

Every president for decades on end have given appoinments to political friends. This is just another one of those. The fact that this is even news, because of Democratic opposition.....just shows how caustic the politics have gotten in Washington.

No small wonder Congress' approval rating is hovering around 25%.

Deal with real issues, dont grandstand over something so trivial.

Throw them all out in '08

Posted by: Scott | April 7, 2007 8:04 AM | Report abuse

When then-President Clinton made a recess appointment of Roger Gregory to the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to become its first minority member, the GOPers, especially Sens. Inhofe and Helms, went ballistic. They threatened to hold up every single one of Clintons other appointments and forced the President to forswear any more recess appointments. So now we have the GOPers flip-flopping and showing their conservative moral relativism. Dem does it, bad. GOPer does it, good. I hope the Dems have the guts to give the GOPers a taste of their own medicine. Force it down their throats until it comes out their youknowwhat.

Posted by: Garak | April 7, 2007 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Garak has it right, but what's more, we now have archived comments, so it'll be a lot harder for any of us to get away with that sort of thing in the future. The idea that "both" sides are just as bad at this sort of thing is not totally correct, however...

If, say, David Geffin had paid for ads in '96 that said Dole's WWII wounds were self-inflicted, what do you think the response would have been had Clinton tried to reward him with some overseas posting? I actually suspect he'd have been gunned down on the steps of the Capital Building...

Right Wingnuts seem to think that those of us to their left are exactly like they are, but it's actually not true - I for one did not think Mark Rich's pardon was any more excusable than Ollie North's -except that in both cases the President has the right to pardon anyone for any reason. I would have had less of a problem if he'd also pardoned all non-violent federal drug offenders, too - as people were pushing him to - since that would have reduced the impression that pardons are just for rich people, but - as we've all found out post 9/11 - you go to war with the leaders you've got... What Bush did here is probably not even legal, so it kinda raises to a different standard than a pardon. I know it is only kooky, red-tape illegal, but let's be honest, guys: if this was the 1990s, Ken Star would have already spent $20 Million of our tax dollars "looking into" this, and would have already leaked everything to some friendly reporter living off of a grant paid for by, say, Sam Fox.

How about we all try and have a little empathy for the other side from now on, and we get over knee-jerk partisanship in favor of other goals, like maybe the good of the country?

Just a thought ;)

Posted by: Sean | April 7, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

maybe Kerry should be resign for blocking the noimination - for his obvious political reasoning. What Kerry could not stand - what liberals cannot stand - is a taste of their own vile medicine. Cry me a river Kerry.

Posted by: | April 7, 2007 07:12 AM
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Wow! Another poorly written, illogical, anonymous, ad hominem attack on Kerry. Mary Ann has style and class, but she sure attracts some real lowlifes to this blog. I guess maggots like caviar as much as fish guts.
Mr. Anonymous, Kerry didn't block Fox's nomination. His committee sent it up for a vote. Bush withdrew the nomination an hour before the vote.
Republicans, when they chaired the committees were the ones who blocked nominations during the Clinton administration. I don't recall this happening during the Reagan era when Democrats controlled the Senate.


Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 7, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The Dems haven't changed any since 1968,they just sit around with their thumbs up their a****.The only things that the Rebublicans are good for is warmongering and sticking it to the working people and the poor,but at least they do what they say they are going to do.Which party is more worthless?

Posted by: Mr. Fuentes | April 7, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Which party is more worthless?
Posted by: Mr. Fuentes | April 7, 2007 06:47 PM
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I guess that's another way of asking which is the lesser of two evils. The way I look at it, one party wants us to be more like Europe, the other party wants us to be more like South America. If you had to choose, which of those two places would you rather live. If you're rich, South America might be better. If you're middle-class, Europe is obviously a better place to be.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 7, 2007 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Just another Loyal Bushie...chuckle chuckle

Posted by: chuckles | April 7, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

sonofabastard, I think you need to read up a little there buddy. They were not going to let him get a vote from the full senate they were going to vote him down in committee. There by blocking a full senate vote. So Johnny K was playing politics and once again he was outsmarted by W. And you claim Johnny K is the smart one.

Posted by: rich | April 8, 2007 12:10 AM | Report abuse

sonofabastard, if you want to be like europe buddy head on over. I doubt anyone would stop you. Enjoy those french fries buddy.

Posted by: rich | April 8, 2007 12:13 AM | Report abuse

sonofabastard, if you want to be like europe buddy head on over. I doubt anyone would stop you. Enjoy those french fries buddy.

Posted by: rich | April 8, 2007 12:13 AM
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You're right about it being a committee vote. If you think Bush outsmarted Kerry be my guest Buddy. You see Buddy, Bush is loathed by most of the American electorate and this will make it harder for Republcans to win in 2008. Americans will rightfully look at this as another attempt by Bush to thwart the will of the majority. Only 27%ers like yourself are amused.
And I'm not going anywhere Buddy. I'm going to help my Democratic Congresswoman get re-elected, and my Democratic Senator get re- elected. And I'm going to make sure we don't get another piece of feculence for president.
You obviously want the United States to be like South America. Better start packing your bags Buddy, and learn to speak Spanish, because unlike Europe, they don't speak English. Adios and enjoy those crow tamales Buddy.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 8, 2007 1:31 AM | Report abuse

sonofabastard, I think you need to read up a little there buddy. They were not going to let him get a vote from the full senate they were going to vote him down in committee. There by blocking a full senate vote.
Posted by: rich | April 8, 2007 12:10 AM
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I haven't found anything that indicates the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was going to block the Fox nomination from getting a full Senate vote. Only the three committee members running for President, Dodd, Biden, and Obama were going to vote against sending it along. Had it gone to a full Senate vote he probably would have lost, so that's why Bush pulled the nomination.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 8, 2007 2:03 AM | Report abuse

According to Biden's website, the Foreign Relations Committee WAS going to vote against recommending the Fox nomination. I don't think that means the full Senate wouldn't still get to vote on it, but I honestly don't know how it works. All I know is Kerry is a war hero, Sam fFox and George Bush are cowards.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 8, 2007 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Political appointments such as ambassadorships to countries that are generally removed from the headlines have always been used to reward friends and contributors. The Senate was not going to consent to this appointment purely because of Mr. Fox's legal contribution to the swiftboat group. Sour grapes?

Posted by: starsgttom | April 8, 2007 4:54 AM | Report abuse

This is just another example of how a crook runs the whitehouse. The amazing thing to me is how many seamingly good Americans jump to defend him. He has made a mess of our stature with the rest of the world, decreased our integrity as leaders of the free world, he's killing our children and inhibiting our ability to progress as a civilized nation. Economically, making bombs and inciting fear and letting big oil make big profits means the economy is doing good, seems like a spin-doctor's view -- not reality. Please stop supporting this dangerous Bush-hog!

Posted by: Chester | April 8, 2007 7:41 AM | Report abuse

My Goodness!

The President exercised a power he is explicitly given in the Constitution!

What an outrage!

The Democrats should get a life.

This is just another pick a fight with Bush to distract people from the fact that Congress will not do anything for the next two years.

The Country will suffer for this, especially when it causes defeat in Iraq, and a second dramatic attack on our homeland.

But the Democrats do not care.

They are incenssed that the President exercised a power explicitly given to him by the Constitution.

Posted by: rich | April 8, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The Country will suffer for this, especially when it causes defeat in Iraq, and a second dramatic attack on our homeland.

But the Democrats do not care.

They are incenssed that the President exercised a power explicitly given to him by the Constitution.

Posted by: rich | April 8, 2007 11:05 AM

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Rich, The voters, by an overwhelming majority, want to end the war in Iraq. That is why the Bush apologists were swept out of office. It's the 27%ers like you who don't care about our country. You just can't bring yourselves to admit you made a horrible mistake in electing this utterly venal and incompetent administration.
If there is a second dramatic attack on our homeland, how is it going to be the Democrats fault?
You are such a child. You blame others for your mistakes, and take credit where credit isn't due.
BTW If there is another dramatic attack in the United States it's much more likely to come from a right wing hate group. We need to protect ourselves from the Timothy McVeighs AND the Muslim jihadists.
This appointment is small potatos. The firing of the U.S. Attorneys is small potatos. The appointment of incompetent cronies like John Bolton and Michael Brown is small potatos. The mishandling of the war is small potatos. The corrupt behavior of Duke Cunningham and Tom Delay is small potatos. It's all small potatos because Rich and his fellow travelers don't care about this country. They are a disgrace!

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 8, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

My God!!! those DEMOCRATAX belive the Presidente need their permission for everything. I don't know what they have in the head!!!. First Nancy Pelosi replacement of Ms. Rice as Scretay of State, going to our enemy Siria. (I hope the Presidente tell her: Thank you but Thank you a don't want hear you. Now Mr. Bide; what is this; I do not remember any changes in the constitution where the President need no have permission from the other party even to drink a coffee. Please DEMOCRATAXS, RELAX AND WAIT TO SEE IF YOU CAN WIN THE NEXT ELECTION. I think the american people have enough not to make that mistake.

Posted by: Cesareo Darias | April 8, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

A'm amazed how much people using the Rosie Odonnell type languaje when they want give an opinion. I thing you can said anything you want the nice way and not using dirty words.

Posted by: vapapo@comcast.net | April 8, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Cesareo Darias | April 8, 2007 12:20 PM

A'm amazed how much people using the Rosie Odonnell type languaje when they want give an opinion. I thing you can said anything you want the nice way and not using dirty words.

Posted by: vapapo@comcast.net | April 8, 2007 12:36 PM

A couple of great posts in a row, and these two are about as smart as Republicans come these days. Our public education has gotten worse than I ever imagined. How is it that European high school graduates can read, write, and speak English better than American students?
I don't see the dirty words that vapapo is objecting to. It's not like anyone here uses Dick Cheney language.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 8, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

In response to Cesareo Darias and Rich: are you really as ignorant as your comments indicate? I suggest you get educated on the provisions of the Constitution before making such absurd statements.

The president did not exercise a power given to him by the Constitution. He MANIPULATED the provision to suit himself. BIG DIFFERENCE, ignoramus.

And you, Cesareo, are dumber than dirt. Your statements are as unintelligible as it gets. If you are an example of present day education, I'M ASHAMED.

Posted by: Moi? | April 8, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

You should all focus on life extension instead of this nonsense - you have a better chance outliving it than changing it

Posted by: Jack | April 9, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

hey all, give Cesario a break. He clearly is not a native speaker of English. Applaud him for trying. Could you post to a political column in, say, Spanish? Italian? Russian? Arabic?

Posted by: Bucinka | April 9, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

When Clinton used recess appointments it a "constitutional provision" he used. When Bush uses recess appointments it is "an end run around the senate".

Posted by: Glenn | April 9, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Here is a proposal for Senator Reid to consider if the Democrats are serious about restraining these obvious abuses of the recess appoint process: Keep the Senate in session until the next election. Prevent King George from using any loopholes as a means to further abuses of power. Of course, this solution would require a bit of sacrifice from the senators but it puts action behind their words.

Posted by: Patrick | April 10, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it amazing to see all the people so concerned by the so called "attacks"on the Constitution by the Bush Administration when Kerry who violated the Logan Act and committed TREASON by negotiating with the enemy during a time of war in the Vietnam Era is so admired and respected!!! Notwithstanding that Speaker Pelosi ATTEMPTED to create a shadow Presidency and also broke the Logan Act of 1799 when she visited Syria. She also defied the CONSTITUTION's express division of our government in this REPUBLIC into three parts, the Executive, The Legislative, and the Judicial. Foreign Affairs is the responsibility of the EXECUTIVE, I.E., The President. Pelosi and Reid attempted also by H.R.1591 to transfer the Power of the President as Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces to the Legislative by the ridiculous demands contained therein. The President will veto it as he MUST! The Cool Aid drinkers continue to cry foul when they themselves are the one making the ILLEGAL moves against the Government. They also now have the Judicial under attack by challenging the Presidents right to hire and fire the federal attorneys. Next, Pelosi will demand to sleep in the White House Oval Office with Harry Reid nearby in the Lincoln Bedroom. Pelosi should be charged with violation of the Logan Act which is a felony and her resignation demanded!

Mollypitcher

Posted by: Mollypitcher | April 11, 2007 1:39 AM | Report abuse

The abuses of power Patrick, are the sole responsibility of the Democrats and their extreme left allies. They are abusing their power daily and they are now backed into a corner of their own making. SURPRISE! Little Red Riding Hood has big teeth.

Mollypitcher

Posted by: Mollypitcher | April 11, 2007 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey Rich! The citizens of Europe don't have to carry firearms to protect themselves.

Posted by: Bill MacLeod | April 11, 2007 3:51 AM | Report abuse

GRAYHAWK: What goes around comes around. Almost 70% of the people in this country are keeping track. We're tired of idiocy, greed, lies and perversion in our government from a group of people who claim to be the elite, the best, and promote "family values" and Christianity.

Bush's own father does not support his style of "rule". "Friends" of the Republican party are dismayed and appalled at the direction Bush has taken this country, and your own party members are abandoning ship.

2008 can't come fast enough. Bush still has way too much time to start some more wars, make more enemies and completely destroy this country. Make no mistake, the Republican party is out for 2008.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Why wouldn't Kerry release his records? He said he would. What is he hiding? The negetive posters here are just as un-American as Kerry.Or don't you remember his testamony about us being murders and rapist. To hell with you all I'm sorry I ever fought for your rights and freedoms. Tell me when it became illegle to contribute to an organiztion you believe in? Someday when you need strong leadership after the libs have sold us out, Don't come running to the us "Neo-Con" to save your ass.(Like after Jimmy Carter)

Posted by: Lngshirt | April 12, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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