Here is Concerned Women for American applauding the recess appointment of John Bolton
Concerned Women for America (CWA) commends the President's appointment of John Bolton as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.And here is CWA, back in 2000, calling recess appointments a "direct assault on America’s constitutional foundation and, therefore, a direct attack on the freedom of all Americans."
The appointment of Bolton comes five months after the President first nominated him, and in which he was denied an up-or-down vote due to partisan tactics by a handful of senators. However, the President used his "constitutional authority" today in selecting John Bolton as America's Ambassador to the United Nations.
While the president may nominate individuals to important positions, for example, actually appointing them requires Senate approval. The Senate becomes a “check and balance” on the president’s power. The only exception allows the president “to fill up vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.” The obvious reason for this very narrow exception is that, at a time when Senate sessions were shorter and recesses longer, vacancies in key positions could take months to fill. Thus America’s founders provided for an emergency mechanism to fill vacancies that occur during recesses, lifting the formal consent requirement but limiting length of service.Tom Jipping, the guy who wrote the latter piece, now works for Orrin Hatch, so I'm guessing that Hatch and CWA will soon team up to demand that the Senate refuse to confirm another Bush judge in retaliation for this "flagrant abuse of power."
Senators each took an oath before God to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. To keep that oath, they must impose consequences for flagrant constitutional violations. Since the consequences must fit the violation, Mr. Clinton’s abuse of his appointment power requires that the Senate refuse to facilitate any further exercise of that power by refusing to confirm another federal judge.