After Their Typical Political Games, Democrats Get Out-Foxed

Give this one to George Bush for telling Kerry and democrats to stick it in their magic hat!

Down with Tyranny has the picture.
The usual victim of liberal political games, George Bush out-foxed democrats this time by appointing St. Louisan Sam Fox as ambassador to Belgium during Congressional recess.

Sam Fox has been chairman, since 2001, of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
The AP reported:

WASHINGTON — President Bush named Republican fundraiser Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium on Wednesday, using a maneuver that allowed him to bypass Congress where Democrats had derailed Fox’s nomination.

Democrats had denounced Fox for his 2004 donation to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The group’s TV ads, which claimed that Sen. John Kerry exaggerated his military record in Vietnam, were viewed as a major factor in the Massachusetts Democrat losing the election.

Recognizing Fox did not have the votes to obtain Senate confirmation, Bush withdrew the nomination last month. On Wednesday, with Congress out of town for a spring break, the president used his power to make recess appointments to put Fox in the job without Senate confirmation.

This means Fox can remain ambassador until the end of the next session of Congress, effectively through the end of the Bush presidency.

Kerry, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement critical of the appointment and of Bush.

“It’s sad but not surprising that this White House would abuse the power of the presidency to reward a donor over the objections of the Senate. This nomination was withdrawn because the Administration realized it would lose in the Foreign Relations Committee,” Kerry said.

Democrats intend to challenge the apointment.
Kerry put out this press release later today after hearing the Fox news:

On March 28th, admitting that Sam Fox would lose a vote in the Foreign Relations Committee, the White House withdrew his nomination.

“It’s sad but not surprising that this White House would abuse the power of the presidency to reward a donor over the objections of the Senate.

“This nomination was withdrawn because the Administration realized it would lose in the Foreign Relations Committee. Unfortunately, when this White House can’t win the game, they just change the rules, and America loses.

“Our country would be stronger if this Administration spent more time getting body armor for our soldiers in Iraq than it did helping their powerful friends.”

Let it go, John… Let it go.

Powerline says “Bravo Bush” for standing by the real heroes, the Swift Boat Vets.

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