Judged by the standards of our history, a recess appointment to replace Alberto Gonzales sounds like an incredible proposition. But don’t be so sure. Just as we saw with the ‘pardon scooter’ movement, the word seems already to have gone out to the folks on the right to start preparing the ground for just such a move by the president. I’ve already heard a few just this morning saying it would be the right thing for the president to do. Watch for it.
Harry Reid has a deal with Bush — no recess appointments. Any abrogation of that deal should be dealt with swiftly and harshly. And for the record, leaving Clement in indefinitely and nominating no one qualifies as de-facto breaking of that deal.