Thursday, August 04, 2005

Byron York and 'Abuse of Power'

In light of my recent post on the 'official' Democratic reaction to the appointment of John Bolton as U.N. Ambassador, I'm especially pleased to read this similar piece by Byron York:
Quick: What do you call President Bush's decision to recess-appoint John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations?

"Abuse of power," says Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

"Abuse of power," says Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

"Abuse of power," says Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.
How remarkable that all of the top Democratic leaders had the exact same reaction - but of course you know better. York details the sordid story of how the Democrats convened a war room to implement the recommendations of a pollster who discovered that 'abuse of power' (the phrase, not the action) struck fear in the hearts of the electorate - and lo and behold, a message was born.

If you harbored any doubts whatsoever that the Bolton fight was strictly partisan, harbor them no more...

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