Bush withdrew Fox's name from nomination when it became apparent that he wouldn't win approval, and then he turned around and gave him the job without the say of the Senate.
We have truly lost the "Great Battle for Democracy" if this kind of thing is allowed to continue. If there are ANY patriots left in the Senate besides Chris Dodd, they had better speak up RIGHT NOW!
Chris Dodd today:
"It is outrageous that the President has sought to stealthily appoint Sam Fox to the position of ambassador to Belgium when the President formally requested that the Fox nomination be withdrawn from the Senate because it was facing certain defeat in the Foreign Relations Committee last week. I seriously question the legality of the President's use of the recess appointment authority in this instance. I intend to seek an opinion on the legality of this appointment from the General Accountability Office and invite other Senators to join with me in that request. This is underhanded and an abuse of Executive authority — sadly this behavior has become the hallmark of this administration."Thank you, Senator Dodd! Now it's up to the rest of the good Americans who occupy the Senate to nut up and DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!
...and I secretly wish that Sam Fox chokes on a golfball-sized hunk of brie at the Embassy Ball in Brussels.