Yesterday, the White House bypassed the Senate and recess-appointed Republican fundraiser Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium. Fox contributed $50,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that slanderously attacked Sen. John Kerry’s (D-MA) Vietnam War service.
Today, Rush Limbaugh claimed that the Senate Judiciary Foreign Relations Committee had deprived Fox of his “freedom of speech” because it would not confirm him “until he would go up to Kerry and apologize for supporting the Swift Boats.”
He added, “This is the kind of move that garners a lot of support from the people in the country. This shows the administration willing to engage these people and not allow them to get away with this kind of — well, my term — you don’t have to accept it — Stalinist behavior from these people on that committee.” Limbaugh’s guest, Vice President Cheney accepted the characterization, stating, “Well, you’re dead on, Rush.”
The Senate Judiciary Foreign Relations Committee never voted on Fox. Last month, the White House pulled Fox because it believed “his nomination would not have passed” the Senate. The Committee never told Fox that his nomination was contingent on him apologizing to Kerry.
Note to Cheney and Limbaugh: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin killed between 3 and 60 million people. There is no comparison between this man and the Senate’s opposition to Fox, who supported a group that slanders U.S. veterans.
LIMBAUGH: One more, and that’s the recess appointment of Sam Fox. Sam Fox is from my home state, and I know Sam Fox — he’s an immigrant, a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant, whose parents would have nothing — when they died they had nothing. He is a totally self- created man, a great American. And he was treated horribly by Senator Kerry and others on that committee, simply because he had made a political donation. They essentially told him he did not have freedom of speech in this country, until he would apologize, until he would go up to Kerry and apologize for supporting the Swift Boats.
Now the President has recess-appointed him. And of course, the Democrats have said they’re going to investigate this and going to look into this.
This is the kind of move that garners a lot of support from the people in the country. This shows the administration willing to engage these people and not allow them to get away with this kind of — well, my term — you don’t have to accept it — Stalinist behavior from these people on that committee.
CHENEY: Well, you’re dead on, Rush. I know Sam well. He’s a good friend of mine and has been for many years. I think he’s a great appointment. He’ll do a superb job as our Ambassador to Belgium. I was delighted when the President made the recess appointment. He clearly has that authority under the Constitution. And you’re right, John Kerry basically shot it down.
LIMBAUGH: You go on vacation, this is what happens to you.
CHENEY: If you’re a Democrat. (Laughter.)