And Bush appoints Bolton:
resident Bush will bypass the Senate confirmation process on John R. Bolton and appoint him as ambassador of the United Nations while Congress is in recess, a White House official said today.
The appointment of Mr. Bolton, scheduled for this morning, would expire at the beginning of the next session of Congress, in January 2007. The president has the power to fill vacancies without Senate approval while Congress is in recess.
The move comes after 36 senators signed a letter to the president last week, saying that Mr. Bolton was “not truthful” while answering questions by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in March, and should not be given a recess appointment. Some Republicans have said the approval of Mr. Bolton is long past due and that Mr. Bush is well within his rights to make the recess appointment.
Hrrmm. I wonder which party those 36 members belong to? The NY Times isn’t telling.
At any rate, my take on Bolton remains the same- it doesn’t matter much.
More here on the silly ‘Bolton is damaged goods’ meme permeating the left flank of the blogosphere.