Monday, August 01, 2005

Don't Believe Everything You Read In The Times

The London Times misinforms its readers about the Bolton appointment. Mind you, I think he's wasted there - the UN, which is bound to have a corruption level of its average member - Syria - seems unrepairable.

Here's what the Times told its readers.

President Bush sidestepped the Senate and installed John Bolton as US Ambassador to the United Nations today.

The President invoked a rarely-used executive power to fill important posts while the Senate is in recess to end a five-month impasse with Democrats, who refused to accept Mr Bolton's nomination.

This should have read.

President Bush sidestepped a minority of the US Senate and installed John Bolton as US Ambassador to the United Nations today.

The President invoked a commonly used executive power to fill important posts while the Senate is in recess to end a five-month impasse caused by some Democrats, who had manipulated Senate procedures to prevent the Republican majority confirming Bolton's nomination.


Democrats, who are members of the minority party in the Senate, used procedural trickery to block Bolton's confirmation.

A filibuster does not equate to a rejection; it means that the minority refused to let the Senate vote to accept or reject the nomination. Bolton did not get rejected by the Senate at all, and had the Democrats not filibustered the vote, he would have won confirmation, albeit on a narrow margin. That foregone conclusion led the Democrats to stage the filibuster in the first place.

Recess appointments are commonly not rarely used - Presidents have made more than one a month over the past 28 years - hat tip EU Rota:

Per Lexis-Nexis President George W. Bush has made less than 20 recess appointments since January 2001, approximately 5 per year.

Bill Clinton made 140 recess appointments, 17.5 per year.

George H.W. Bush made 77 recess appointments from 1989 to 1992, 19.25 per year.

Ronald Reagan made 243 recess appointments from 1981 to 1989, 30.38 per year.

Jimmy Carter made 68 recess appointments from 1977 to 1981, 17 per year.

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