Monday, August 01, 2005

The Recess Apointment: A Perk of Office

It's that simple, really; don't be confused by the strawmen thrown up by the Left, there is a long tradition of recess appointments from both parties. Thanks to Greg Bullock (whose wonderful site is here) for bringing this Washington Post piece to my attention:

Other recess appointments of note:

_President John F. Kennedy appointed Thurgood Marshall to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in October 1961, getting around opposition from Southern senators. Their resistance had weakened by the following September, and the Senate approved him 54-16.

_President Dwight Eisenhower made three recess appointments to the Supreme Court: Chief Justice Earl Warren (1953) and Associate Justices William Brennan (1956) and Potter Stewart (1958). Each later received Senate confirmation.

_President George Washington appointed John Rutledge of South Carolina as chief justice during a 1795 recess. The Senate rejected the nomination and his appointment expired after he served one term.

So we see how disingenious the apoplexy from the left is; the fuss is really about their failure to derail a Bush appointee. This lame duck president has scored again...

More on the subject from Ryan James, Ed Driscoll and Betsy Newmark...