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Swift Boater Gets Recess Appointment

Bush slips three controversial conservatives past Senate
By Greg Atwan,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2007 7:35 AM CDT
Swift Boater Gets Recess Appointment
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.

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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. (Read more Bush administration stories.)

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