For the second time yesterday, Senate Republicans failed in an effort to end debate on the nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Although Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist at one point said there would be no more votes scheduled on the nomination, President Bush continues to push for a vote. Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio) has suggested that Bush withdraw the nomination. Other Republicans, however, are suggesting that Bush bypass the Senate by making a recess appointment.
Sending an ambassador to the United Nations without Senate confirmation, which is what would happen with a recess appointment, is certainly within the realm of possibility for the Bush Administration. It would not, however, be a wise policy.