Friday, January 04, 2008

Any way he wants it

Friday White House news dump --

The President intends to designate Richard Stickler, of West Virginia, to be Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.

That would be the dude who was doing the same job for the last year and a half as a recess appointment i.e. without Congressional approval, and for an administration whose record on mine safety has been disastrous (unless the benchmark is China). So Bush keeps him on the job as "acting" rather than finding someone that the Senate might actually approve i.e. not a creature of the mining companies. A reminder of the stakes in these primaries.