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Bush bypasses Senate to name ambassador [Democrats had denounced Fox for his 2004 donation...]
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Posted on 04/04/2007 1:48:38 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Bush bypasses Senate to name ambassador

By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago

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.

Bush also used his recess appointment authority to make Andrew Biggs deputy director of Social Security. The president's earlier nomination of Biggs, an outspoken advocate of partially privatizing the government's retirement program, was rejected by Senate Democrats in February.

Fox, a 77-year-old St. Louis businessman, gave $50,000 to the Swift Boat group. He is national chairman of the Jewish Republican Coalition and was dubbed a "ranger" by Bush's 2004 campaign for raising at least $200,000. He is founder and chairman of the Clayton, Mo.-based Harbour Group, which specializes in the takeover of manufacturing companies

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ambassador; belgium; bush; foxhelpedsaveamerica; godblesspresbush; ichabodcrane; jenniferloven; lurchfreakingout; lurchsnemesis; samfox; swiftboat; swiftboatveterans; us; veterans
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snicker. Jon Carry must be miffed..........
1 posted on 04/04/2007 1:48:41 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I wonder if all the posters here who decried Bush for having no B*lls when the nomination was pulled, will show up and apologize.


2 posted on 04/04/2007 1:50:07 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Bear Down Chicago Bears)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ugly, this is going to ugly.


3 posted on 04/04/2007 1:51:05 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

get ugly.


4 posted on 04/04/2007 1:51:44 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: sharkhawk

Bush inserts the knife and twists...


5 posted on 04/04/2007 1:51:44 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is the Democrat's George Galloway?)
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To: Sub-Driver

This makes me laugh. There were so many here who were quick to condemn Bush. Turns out he was smart like a Fox!


6 posted on 04/04/2007 1:52:07 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: leadpenny

it’s time republicans did ugly.


7 posted on 04/04/2007 1:52:12 PM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: sharkhawk

my thought exactly


8 posted on 04/04/2007 1:52:16 PM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Good.


9 posted on 04/04/2007 1:52:19 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Sub-Driver

Revenge is a platter best served cold...


10 posted on 04/04/2007 1:52:24 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: Sub-Driver
Message from the White House: Bite me Jon Cary!
11 posted on 04/04/2007 1:52:25 PM PDT by johnny7 ("Issue in Doubt." -Col. David Monroe Shoup, USMC 1943)
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To: Sub-Driver

Atta boy GW! Nothing like a little castor beans to the eyes.


12 posted on 04/04/2007 1:52:58 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, he told them not to leave. (Snicker)


13 posted on 04/04/2007 1:53:10 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is the Democrat's George Galloway?)
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To: beer

14 posted on 04/04/2007 1:53:28 PM PDT by beeber (stuned)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, smack my a@@ and call me Sally.

Thank You GWB.

(snort- He didn’t even wait until after the newscasts Friday night - looks like Nancy’s road trip may have some competition for liberal news coverage tonight).


15 posted on 04/04/2007 1:53:30 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: sharkhawk

I was wondering the same thing.


16 posted on 04/04/2007 1:53:34 PM PDT by Dolphy
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To: Sub-Driver

He should do this with ever spot he can till Jan 2009


17 posted on 04/04/2007 1:54:00 PM PDT by jbwbubba
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To: Sub-Driver

I had high hopes he would do this.

Just didn’t really expect it.

IN YOUR FACE, JON CARRY


18 posted on 04/04/2007 1:54:10 PM PDT by digger48
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To: advertising guy

Sends a positive signal regarding the Iraq supplemental — the Prez is not going to rescue the RATS from themselves.

Damn time.


19 posted on 04/04/2007 1:54:15 PM PDT by mwl1
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To: Sub-Driver

A shot across the bow....eh


20 posted on 04/04/2007 1:54:47 PM PDT by ken5050 (The 2008 winning ticket: Rudy/Newtie, with Hunter for SecDef, Pete King at DHS, Bill Simon at Treas)
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To: sharkhawk

Ruh Roh-

will Harry Reid and John Murtha try to cut funding for the Belgian embassy?


21 posted on 04/04/2007 1:55:08 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: sharkhawk
I wonder if all the posters here who decried Bush for having no B*lls when the nomination was pulled, will show up and apologize.

Don't count on it. They'll just lurk until there is another thread in which to attack the President.

22 posted on 04/04/2007 1:55:17 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Bush Derangement Syndrome Has Reached Pandemic Levels on Free Republic.)
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To: Sub-Driver
John Kerry has to eat a big ol' helping of "lame" duck! Love it!


23 posted on 04/04/2007 1:55:28 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Sub-Driver
Well, if this isn’t a cold slap to the groin!

This is awesome. President Bush must have decided he has had enough of the dims and their persistent arrogance.

Nuts to the dims!

24 posted on 04/04/2007 1:56:08 PM PDT by Pox (Just say NO to RINO Rudy!)
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To: beeber

Will Jean-Boy put in for another Purple Heart for this major slap-down?

I LOVE IT!!!!


25 posted on 04/04/2007 1:56:19 PM PDT by digger48
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To: advertising guy
You know what I'd like to see just once?...

Ever turn on C-span, and see a Dem in the Congress reading an editorial or story from the Washington Post or the Ny Times? Well, I'd like to see the next Pubby to speak, get up and read into the record a story with Jayson Blair's byline..just to make the point..and keep doing it everytime..

26 posted on 04/04/2007 1:57:00 PM PDT by ken5050 (The 2008 winning ticket: Rudy/Newtie, with Hunter for SecDef, Pete King at DHS, Bill Simon at Treas)
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To: advertising guy
You know what I'd like to see just once?...

Ever turn on C-span, and see a Dem in the Congress reading an editorial or story from the Washington Post or the Ny Times? Well, I'd like to see the next Pubby to speak, get up and read into the record a story with Jayson Blair's byline..just to make the point..and keep doing it everytime..

27 posted on 04/04/2007 1:57:04 PM PDT by ken5050 (The 2008 winning ticket: Rudy/Newtie, with Hunter for SecDef, Pete King at DHS, Bill Simon at Treas)
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To: advertising guy
You know what I'd like to see just once?...

Ever turn on C-span, and see a Dem in the Congress reading an editorial or story from the Washington Post or the Ny Times? Well, I'd like to see the next Pubby to speak, get up and read into the record a story with Jayson Blair's byline..just to make the point..and keep doing it everytime..

28 posted on 04/04/2007 1:57:07 PM PDT by ken5050 (The 2008 winning ticket: Rudy/Newtie, with Hunter for SecDef, Pete King at DHS, Bill Simon at Treas)
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To: Sub-Driver

Clap-Clap-Clap!


29 posted on 04/04/2007 1:57:33 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Mitt....2008)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey jon carie, how do you like that donation? Bwahahaha


30 posted on 04/04/2007 1:57:47 PM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: sharkhawk
Here’s my apology. W shows some cajones at long last.
31 posted on 04/04/2007 1:58:05 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Sub-Driver

In this day and age I can not understand why John Kerry’s military record has not leaked, every thing else seems to be released.


32 posted on 04/04/2007 1:58:40 PM PDT by gulfcoast6
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To: Sub-Driver

AWESOME!!!!


33 posted on 04/04/2007 1:58:55 PM PDT by blitzgig
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To: advertising guy

sorry for the triple post..hard to Freep while holdign a 2 y.o in one’s lap..who is trying to get on noggin.com


34 posted on 04/04/2007 1:58:55 PM PDT by ken5050 (The 2008 winning ticket: Rudy/Newtie, with Hunter for SecDef, Pete King at DHS, Bill Simon at Treas)
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To: Sunshine Sister
All he has really done is get their goat for a time. These recess appointments are almost certainly a death knell for those who are appointed. John Bolton for instance.

However, I think we are in a position at this point where we should take any goat we can find!

This is OK for the short term, but at some point we have simply got to address the problem for real and find a way that Presidents can appoint the people they want to serve them without having to fear purely political shenanigans.

35 posted on 04/04/2007 1:59:20 PM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: onedoug

Wow I’m impressed.


36 posted on 04/04/2007 1:59:32 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Sub-Driver
FAB-ulous, Mr. President!
37 posted on 04/04/2007 1:59:36 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Cold Heat
ditto that!

38 posted on 04/04/2007 2:00:28 PM PDT by beeber (stuned)
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To: Sub-Driver
Mr. President, good job. I was one of the FReepers who wrongly thought you'd left him swaying in the wind. Mea Culpa.

Now, can we talk about that Southern Border?

39 posted on 04/04/2007 2:00:39 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Here’s my apology, gladly. I’m delighted. Praise God and pass the ammunition.

Take that, Jean Kerri!

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!


40 posted on 04/04/2007 2:01:25 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: sharkhawk

“I wonder if all the posters here who decried Bush for having no B*lls when the nomination was pulled, will show up and apologize.”

MY THOUGHT EXACTLY!!

[BTW: REAL men think with their brains not their genitalia!]


41 posted on 04/04/2007 2:01:30 PM PDT by DrDeb
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To: Sub-Driver

BAM! KAPOWIE! Bush delivers a nice right hook.

Me likey. ;^)


42 posted on 04/04/2007 2:02:29 PM PDT by Shelayne (...And though my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm... ~~Casting Crowns)
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To: jwparkerjr

W has nothing but the short term left in his presidency. Too bad Bolton wasn’t named to State and Condi to the UN.


43 posted on 04/04/2007 2:03:39 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Can’t wait to see the editorials in tomorrows papers.


44 posted on 04/04/2007 2:04:27 PM PDT by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: jwparkerjr

Recess appointments at this stage of the Bush presidency last until December 31, 2008, or just 3 weeks b4 the end of the Bush presidency.

Now, let’s move on with more recess appointments tomorrow, and the next day and the next, and then the one after that. For those who are willing to serve for two years w/o Senate confirmation and can go back to the private sector, who cares if the media and the RATS go loco.

Let’s appoint lots of circuit court judges tomorrow who have been lanquishing in committee or who face uphill confirmation odds.

While we are at it, let’s appoint Ann Coulter to one of the circuits, preferably a vacancy on the DC circuit.


45 posted on 04/04/2007 2:04:31 PM PDT by mwl1
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To: Sub-Driver
HooRay!


46 posted on 04/04/2007 2:06:26 PM PDT by OldCorps
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To: Sub-Driver

Na-na.


47 posted on 04/04/2007 2:08:20 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Sub-Driver

Way to go GWB - back bone alert !!!!

Keep it going - and watch your poll numbers come up.

LEAD


48 posted on 04/04/2007 2:08:32 PM PDT by Jake The Goose
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To: mwl1

I can’t tell you how it would make my day for a ton of recess appointments to be made! Let the President just stand up and say that he’s doing it because Congress saw fit to take a recess while there was urgent business to attend to and they can plan on more such appointments every time Congress leaves town!


49 posted on 04/04/2007 2:10:34 PM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: Sub-Driver

Excellent move! Thank goodness the President did this.


50 posted on 04/04/2007 2:10:43 PM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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