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William C. Altreuter
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Monday, January 19, 2004

The recess appointment of Judge Charles Pickering is, of course, a disgrace. Clinton was pilloried when he did it, and Clinton had the justification of placing an African American on a court that had been, up to that time, all white. Bush's move is justified, I guess, because it is technically within the rules. "Because I can," has been the rationale for everything this president has done in office to this point, and "technically within the rules" is how he got there. It would be nice to see one of the Senate Democrats who are running for he chance to run against Bush say something about this, but I am not holding my breath. Chuck Schumer has been the guy that has taken the heat on this one, and for that I almost forgive him for his vote on the Iraq war. The rest of the Senate Democrats have been largely silent, although supporting Schumer on this. The difference between Senate Democrats and sheep is that sheep are good for wool.

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