Do we like this in the long term? If this was done before Bush’s Administration, we would not have had John Bolton during the Bush years. We will not have a Democratic President forever. Don’t we want the Republican President to have this process in case the Democrats block nominees like they did with Bush? What am I missing here?
No, we don’t want any president to act unconstitutionally. It’s called “the rule of law.”
You are missing that the Senate was in pro-forma recess to prevent recess appointments ... Obama wanted to appoint so HE, in his “I am Dictator and will do what I want” mode said they weren’t in recess and appointed anyway. In other words, he gave the Senate the finger (or worse) and did what he wanted, regardless of the rules/law/whatever. Like he usually does ... uses the Constitution for WH toilet paper, ignores laws he doesn’t like, makes up stuff he does like.