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Babysitting

One thorn that has resided in the side of many a legislator is President Bush's abuse of his recess appointment power, such as when he appointed John Bolton as UN ambassador and most recently Swift Boat financier Sam Fox as ambassador to Belgium.

But now Congress has an idea about how to keep Junior on a short leash. Via USNews.com:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a little trick up his sleeve that could spell an end to President Bush's devilish recess appointments of controversial figures like former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton. We hear that over the long August vacation, when those types of summer hires are made, Reid will call the Senate into session just long enough to force the prez to send his nominees who need confirmation to the chamber. The talk is he will hold a quickie "pro forma" session every 10 days, tapping a local senator to run the hall. Senate workers and Republicans are miffed, but Reid is proving that he's the new sheriff in town.

If you ask me, this action is long overdue. It's become pretty evident that whenever the adults (i.e. Congress) steps out of the room for even the shortest amount of time, Junior goes on a tear and wrecks up the whole house (i.e. what use to be called co-equal governance).

And so what if the Repubs are upset about having their vacations interrupted. We pay their salaries and part of that job includes actually being there to work as opposed to just showing up for convenient photo-ops (I'm looking at you McCain).

It's about time they appointed a presidential babysitter for this troublesome toddler.
(Filed at State of the Day)

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