President Bush continues to dangle the possibility of a recess appointment for John Bolton over our heads. (According to Steve Clemons, the next opportunity for such an appointment would be the July 4th recess).
But in today’s Washington Post, Pat Roberts (R-KS), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says President Bush would be harming American interests if he heads down that path:
Recess appointments allow a president to temporarily seat a nominee while Congress is out of session. They invariably ignite charges of partisan abuse, and Democrats complained bitterly when Bush used recess appointments to place nominees on federal courts in his first term.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a Bolton supporter, said a recess appointment “would weaken not only Mr. Bolton but also the United States” because the international community would see the new ambassador as lacking bipartisan support.