It's not hard to imagine: while Harry Reid launches into his tryptophan-fueled nap after Thanksgiving dinner, President Bush makes a flurry of recess appointments.
The Senate majority leader doesn't want that to happen. So, Roll Call reports
(sub. req.), Reid is mulling using a little procedural jujitsu. He could keep the Senate in what's called "pro forma" session, where official recess is avoided by having certain Senate floor personnel show up every three days. No recess, no recess appointments. Reid and Bush struck a deal in August in order to avoid that
; Bush got a couple nominees through, but agreed to make no recess appointments. But:
Since then, however, tensions have risen between the two branches, and on Wednesday sources said Reid doesnât seem willing to negotiate with the White House this time. Also, several Senate aides suggested that Bush is increasingly likely to exercise the option since the clock is ticking on the second term of his presidency.
âI donât think it should surprise anybody,â said one GOP leadership aide.
The chief candidate for a recess appointment would be surgeon general candidate and gay rights foe James Holsinger
, but there would assuredly be others. With two days to go until the break, time is running out for a deal.