by John Hawkins | March 28, 2007 3:49 pm
If you want to see how small, petty, and vindictive the Democrats in Congress are, this incident will do as well as any,
“President Bush on Wednesday withdrew the ambassadorial nomination of businessman Sam Fox after Democrats denounced Fox for giving money to a controversial conservative group that undermined Sen.
John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Kerry, D-Mass., had criticized Fox because of a $50,000 contribution that Fox made in 2004 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Many Democrats blame the group for sinking Kerry’s presidential hopes that year after it aired a series of controversial ads that impugned Kerry’s military record in the Vietnam War.
“Sam Fox had every opportunity to disavow the politics of personal destruction and to embrace the truth,” Kerry said Wednesday. “He chose not to. The White House made the right decision to withdraw the nomination. I hope this signals a new day in political discourse.”
The White House announced the withdrawal in a press release distributed less than an hour before the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee gathered to vote on his nomination to be ambassador to Belgium.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Bush believes Fox is qualified to serve as ambassador but withdrew the nomination “because of politics.”
Yes, you’re reading that right. The Democrats managed to block a qualified candidate for an ambassadorship solely because he had the audacity to contribute money to a group that opposed John Kerry’s candidacy.
If you want to know why neither party can ever seem to cooperate on things, this sort of hyper partisanship explains it. Can you imagine the reaction if Republicans behaved like this? When the Democrats become drunk with power and behave in this sort of arrogant fashion, the Republicans in DC need to start calling them on it instead of just letting it pass.
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