Monday, June 20, 2005



React with a smirk, a spreading of hands, and a condescending manner when tough questions are asked?

Lead by making recess appointments of controversial appointees?

From AP, 6/20/2005:

Hours before an expected vote in the Senate, Bush called on the Senate to approve the nomination of John Bolton for U.N. ambassador. He sidestepped a question on whether he would go around Congress to give Bolton the job if delays continue.

“I think it’s time for the Senate to give him an up-or-down vote. Now,” the president said.
The Senate was scheduled to vote later Monday on whether to end Democratic delaying tactics that have blocked a final vote on Bolton’s nomination.

Asked pointblank whether he would give Bolton a recess appointment, bypassing the nomination process after Congress leaves Washington for the Fourth of July holiday recess, Bush did not answer.

Snave's note: I have to imagine this is exactly what Bush would like to do if there hasn't been a vote on Bolton by the time of the holiday recess. But would he have the gall to make such an important appointment of someone who may not be altogether popular within his own party? Wouldn't that make a statement of what basically amounts to "I can do anything I want and you can't do anything about it"? And/or "Who needs the U.S. Senate? They're just a nuisance to me anyway"... without him actually saying as much?

What do you think of "recess appointments"? Do any of us know how often this has been done in previous administrations? Or is this only a Bush thing?


Blogger ExpatDemocrat said...

What's the best or fastest way (probably not the best way) of learning as much as possible about what's going on politically in our country?

Do you have any favorite sites taht you can recommend?

I want to learn more and get more involved but don't know how to start or where to start. You seem to have it together as far as knowing where to look and then how to read the news.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Thanks for your kind comment! I don't really think I am as astute as I am OPINIONATED, because I will readily admit that most of my analysis of news comes from my gut and intuition, which makes me more akin to Dubya than I care to contemplate.

Anyway, conclusions I draw from what I read are colored by many things, including where I live (NE Oregon). For example, while I may tend pretty far left on social programs/issues, I tend toward the middle when it comes to agriculture, the timber industry and land-use issues. I'm not completely satisfied with the Democratic party and with being a Democrat, but I abhor right-wing politics in their current form.

I mostly check other weblogs (many of which are linked here on my site, and I look at


fairly often.

I also like to look at right-wing sites, or at left-wing sites where right-wing folks come to troll, taunt, comment, whatever. By looking at the other side's opinions, I tend to make judgments about their motives. I have found that right-wing bloggers usually don't have motives other than parroting the agenda shown to them by their leaders (who may or may not represent their best interests).

I refer back to the Constitution and to the Bill of Rights from time to time, just to remind myself of what our politicians should strive toward protecting and preserving. When I look at those things, I also think this site fits in well

because I don't believe Christianity or any religion is the be-all or end-all.

If you listen to talk radio from either side of the fence, the following site may be helpful in determining whether or not the talkers are trying to fool you, and/or whether they value your intelligence:

Analyzing the ways in which people argue their points can often tell you about whether or not they have your interests in mind, or just your allegiance.

Anyway, good luck in your journey! Whether you land on the right or the left side of the fence, it's a pretty fascinating study!

Thanks for coming by! Stay tuned, there may be others who will comment, and who will have suggestions for you too!

4:14 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Alextrex- I'm biased to the Left but I would also recommend the columnists at the New York Times or the ones featured on

8:10 PM  
Blogger Phil said...


There is a fast way to do it, called brainwashing on talk radio, but it is not the best way. The best way is to read, and take it from a broad political range. My advise is to start with the US Constitution, with the Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. This is what we should be striving for. Supreme Court opinions (majority and minority) also provide interesting reads. From there you can move onto the Federalist Papers. They can be a bit dry, but provide the mindset of the individuals creating the Constitution. From there, it depends on your outlook. Locke, Hobbes, Marx, Buckley. There are so many to learn from.

I watch Fox News in the morning, NBS in the evening, and a variety of History Channel, A&E, CNN, Fox News, etc during night time.

I also visit some blogs when time allows. Just remember, blogs are just opinions. And often, not very good ones. I do like to visit the DNC, RNC, and Libertarian websites. Before buying a car, you hear the sales pitches being offered.

Good luck in your quest. If you want a weird outlook, stop by The Bottom Line. I tend to go my own way.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Phil said...


I have heard of the various recess appointments throughout the years. It seems that they are usually done because one or two Senators have it up their ass about someone, and others don't want to piss them off.

I don't understand why the left is investing so much political capital to prevent Bolton. Who gives a crap whether he is the Ambass of the UN. Nothing is done there anyway. I would figure that they would be saving this up for the fight over the SC appointments. I think we lose three this July: CJ, Stevens, and O'Connor. And it will get really ugly....

8:02 PM  

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