To those who refuse to see a pattern in the Bush administration's attempt to bypass the Senate confirmation process for U.S. attorneys (and thus slip in political stinkers who couldn't pass muster, like Tim Griffin Little Rock) get a load of this:
The Bushies apparently are going to use the recess appointment process to put the manufacturers' lobbyist in charge of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He naturally opposes product safety regulation. This is not a joke, except of the blackest sort of humor. Appropriately, a comment is sought from Sen. Mark Pryor's staff.
"There's no need for him to recess appoint," Michael Teague, spokesman for Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) said. "If he recess appoints someone, it must be because the person has some sort of dark cloud hanging over them."
The Senate Commerce Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Pryor Tuesday to restore authority to the commission. The measure, which now goes to the full Senate, would allow commissioners to continue routine business despite a vacancy on the commission.