Wednesday, April 04, 2007

President's Integrity Increasingly AWOL

An example of integrity George W. Bush is not. Before leaving on his own recess/vacation, President Bush has once again abused the recess appointment provision to appoint another crony to a government position; Bush did not have the votes to get Fox approved by the Senate. Think Progress notes the AP story (bold emphasis mine):
AP reports:
“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. …
UPDATE: The White House originally said that it had pulled Fox because “his nomination would not have passed” the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Fox donated $50,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

While the phony swift boat ads were smearing John Kerry with false claims (with free help from the media who put the swift boaters on TV), Bush made noise in 2004 that a veteran like Senator Kerry should be honored for his service. Many suspected Bush of hypocrisy at the time. We now have the proof. Even Republican voters better start thinking long and hard about what minimal level of integrity they expect from politicians they elect to office.

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

This strikes me as perfectly in keeping with Bush's concept of integrity: leave no millionaire Republican donor behind.

Besides, if Bush happens to see a video clip of Kerry being asked about his reaction to this development, Bush gets a chance to put his thumb to his nose and go, "Nyaa nyaa nyaa nyaa nyaa nyaa!"

8:52 PM  

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