Think Progress recently frightened its readers with the reality of 43rd’s withering clout by reminding us about his Surgeon General nominee James Holsinger.
Holsinger appeared before the Senate health committee on July 12, to defend his controversial positions on homosexuality.
But three months later, Holsinger has still not responded to a follow-up questionnaire the committee sent – raising the possibility that Holsinger may get the job through a ‘recess appointment’ by Bush.
Bush has used his executive power for divisive nominees like former U.N. ambassador John Bolton and Swift Boat-funder Sam Fox.
Holsinger has come under intense criticism for founding a church that “ministers to people who no longer wish to be gay or lesbian” – and opposing “a decision to allow a practicing lesbian to be an associate pastor” in the United Methodist Church.