When Bush made recess appointments to three “controversial” nominees in 2007, Democrats went ballistic. Senator John Kerry called it “abuse the power of the presidency.” Senator Chris Dodd said it was “an abuse of executive authority.” Senator Joe Lieberman said recess appointments “show disrespect” to the Senate.
When Bush used his authority to appoint John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, Senator Harry Reid said Bush “abused a presidential power,
When Bush used a recess appointment to put William Pryor on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2004, Senator Charles Schumer was highly critical:
“The president is on shaky ground with the hard right and is using this questionably legal and politically shabby technique to bolster himself. Regularly circumventing the advise and consent process is not the way to change the tone in Washington. The only solace we have is that Mr. Pryor will be off the bench in 10 months.”
Yet, that didn’t stop Obama from making 15 recess appointments, including the highly controversial Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. Where’s the outrage from Democrats? Oh right… there isn’t any! No accusations of abuse of power. Nothing.
Just thought I’d point that out.