President Bush wasted no time exercising his constitutional authority to appoint John Bolton to be the US representative to the United Nations. And liberals were equally as quick on the draw to cry about the fact that they didn’t get their way.
Senator Edward Kennedy accused the President of abusing the recess appointment process and called the action, “… a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent and only further darkens the cloud over Mr. Bolton’s credibility at the U.N.,”
He ignores the fact that Senate Democrats for Five months ignored “the constitutional requirement of the Senate consent…” by refusing Bolton and up or down vote. So the President did what was his right to do. But that didn’t stop Kennedy from mischaracterizing the constitutionally authorized move by declaring, “The abuse of power and the cloak of secrecy from the White House continues,”
Senator John Kerry chimed in saying “It only diminishes John Bolton’s validity and leverage to secure America’s goals at the UN,” he said in a statement. “This is not the way to fill our most important diplomatic jobs.” But this was only after admitting that the President was well within his authority to make the appointment.
Anticipating the Bolton appointment, Senator Chris Dodd went on Fox News Sunday and called Bolton “damaged goods”. Then following the announcement stated “The president has done a real disservice to our nation by appointing an indivdual who lacks the credibility to further U.S. interests at the United Nations. I will be monitoring his performance closely to ensure that he does not abuse his authority as he has in the past.”
Get out your crying towels guys! You lost this one.
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