President Bush installed Charles Pickering on a federal appeals court Friday, bypassing Democrats who had stalled his nomination for more than two years, sources said.
Bush appointed Pickering by a recess appointment which avoids the confirmation process. Such appointments are valid until the next Congress takes office, in this case in January 2005.
Pickering, a federal trial judge who Bush nominated for a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, has been waiting for a confirmation vote in the Senate.
Democrats have accused him of supporting segregation as a young man, and pushing anti-abortion and anti-voting rights views as a state lawmaker.
They also have said they wouldn’t be able to trust Pickering to keep his conservative opinions out of his work on the federal appeals court.
And just the day after his MLK photo-op in Atlanta.
That ought to make this guy happy.
(Added): I just want to be clear about the Bush visit. George Bush slipped his uninvited visit to the MLK Jr. memorial between two fundraisers. His time spent “honoring” the Rev. King: 15 minutes.
To not see the whole visit as a case of political opportunism, one has to be an incredible tool. To disparage the protestors is beneath contempt.