Swift Boater Gets Recess Appointment

Bush slips three controversial conservatives past Senate
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2007 7:35 AM CDT
ST. LOUIS, MO -- Sam Fox introduces President George W. Bush to a group of supporters at Hunter Engineering Co. in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday, May 14, 2004.    (KRT Photos)

(Newser) – President Bush doled out three major recess appointments yesterday to  conservatives Democrats found distasteful. Ambassador to Belgium went to Sam Fox, a top-tier donor to Republican causes including Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the 527 that sank John Kerry’s shot at the White House.

Besides the overseas sinecure, Bush put regulatory policy at the OMB in the hands of an anti-regulation activist, and served a top job at the Social Security administration to a would-be Social Security privatizer. Democrats are apoplectic, while conservatives like Bill Kristol think the behavior's a good sign: Bush “had a 'kick me' sign on his back, and it shows he's taken the sign off," Kristol said.