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    Default George Bush pulls a fast one: appoints ambassador to Belgium while Congress on break.

    April 4, 2007— - While Congress is out of session, President Bush flexed his executive power muscle, appointing businessman Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium less than a week after his nomination was pulled when Senate Democrats hammered away at him for donating money to a conservative group that helped sink Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.

    Kerry and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., led Senate Democrats' opposition to Fox, who in 2004 contributed $50,000 to the slanderous Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which used a series of television ads to undermine Kerry's combat record.

    Despite his grilling by Democrats, Fox, the national chairman of the Jewish Republican Coalition, refused to apologize for his donation.


    Bush Withdraws, Reconsiders Nomination

    Bush was forced to withdraw Fox's nomination last week after 11 of Kerry's Vietnam crewmates sent a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urging members to oppose Fox's nomination.

    "In our judgment, those who finance smears and lies of combat veterans don't deserve to represent America on the world stage," Kerry's former comrades wrote.

    In a statement released Wednesday, Kerry accused the Bush administration of abusing the president's power of appointment.

    "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," Kerry said.

    The 2004 Democratic contender continued, "This nomination was withdrawn because the administration realized it would lose in the Foreign Relations Committee.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."

    Dodd, who is seeking the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, was just as angry.

    "It is outrageous that the president has sought to stealthily appoint Sam Fox to the position of ambassador to Belgium when the president formally requested that the Fox nomination be withdrawn from the Senate because it was facing certain defeat in the Foreign Relations Committee last week," he said.

    Dodd said he intends to question the legality of the appointment.


    Strong Republican Supporter

    The Associated Press reported that in addition to earning the distinction of being a George Bush "ranger" for helping to raise at least $200,000 for the president's campaign, Fox has donated at least $200,000 on behalf of Republicans for more than a decade.

    In a Feb. 27 Senate Foreign Relations hearing, Kerry questioned Fox about his contribution to the Swift Boat group.

    "When I'm asked, I just generally give," Fox told the senator directly. "I did it because politically it's necessary if the other side's doing it."
    ABC News: Bush Swift Boats Belgium, Congress
    I know that he has the right to appoint while Congress is on a break but the circumstances surrounding this are just so outrageous. How long until 2008?
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    Congress should come back and forcibly remove this tool and censure Bush.
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    Given that we're already in the pre-election season, it might just happen. I say impeach the whole gang of merry criminals and be done with it.
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    Here I am, like a dumbass, actually appreciative of the Bushies pulling him out of the running. Silly me, I should've known they'd slip in a recess appointment. iirc, Congress can come back and challenge his appointment if they deem him incompetent but... like that'll ever happen. Not like they haven't already had the opportunity in this administration.
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    I sense, though, that this one is going to really piss of the dems and they might actually *gasp* do something.
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    Well congress had been controlled by the do-nothing, rubberstamp asskissing Republican party till a couple months ago.
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    Perhaps the tide will turn.
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