I remember the outrage from the left when George W. Bush “recess-appointed” John Bolton as UN Ambassador because Bush knew he wouldn’t be able to get Bolton confirmed by the Senate. Conversely, the right had a different take on recess appointments back then. Let’s look back at Sen. McCain’s reaction then:
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Bush administration has no choice but to name John Bolton as UN ambassador during a Congressional recess, influential opposition Senator Joseph Biden said.
“Right now, it’s the only way” to get Bolton to the United Nations, said Biden, who has been among the most vocal opponents of the controversial administration nominee who has been a harsh UN critic and favors a hardline toward Iran and North Korea.
The nomination, met with skepticism even among Bush’s own Republicans, would normally be confirmed by the Senate, but Democrats have managed to stall Bolton’s several times.
The White House hinted Monday that President George W. Bush could give Bolton a recess appointment, which would install him at the United Nations until a new Congress convenes in January 2007.
“I would support it. It’s the president’s prerogative,” Republican Senator John McCain said Tuesday of the move, which would amount to an end-run around Congressional opposition.
Now contrast that reaction from McCain to his reaction today after hearing about President Obama’s intention:
President Obama’s decision to bypass the vacationing Senate and directly appoint 15 nominees has produced some expected cries of outrage from Republicans.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pronounced himself “very disappointed” with the move, charging that it showed “once again” that the Obama administration has “little respect for the time honored constitutional roles and procedures of Congress.” The president’s team had “forced their will on the American people,” McCain fumed in a written statement.
Were these the words of a principled opponent of presidential recess appointments, or of a politician in a tough primary jumping at an opportunity to bash President Obama?
Don’t these politicians know that we are in the Information Age, and that everything you ever said or did has been recorded somewhere for reference and/or posterity? These people are such hypocrites. Why not be honest and say what the real issue is John McCain? That goes for the entire GOP…BE HONEST. It’s better than these terrible acts of hypocrisy at every turn. Sheesh!