Does a major swift-boat donor become a U.S. Ambassador this week?

When the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets on Wednesday to vote on whether or not to favorably send some routine nominations to the full Senate, there's no hiding that, among the eight people being considered for critical appointments to U.S. agencies, there is one certifiable scumbag who the White House is hoping will slip through the cracks.

When you have a disastrous war going on that's killing American troops every day and draining the national treasury, approval ratings going nowhere but down and an Attorney General who has more problems than a guy named "Scooter" in a prison shower room, I guess you probably hope that something like this will squeak by.

We'll see if it does.

Sam Fox, of St. Louis, was nominated by George W. Bush in January to be the new U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. It's not unusual in either party for a guy who pumps a lot of money into political campaigns to be rewarded with such a post -- and Fox is certainly a big-time Sugar Daddy for the GOP -- but this guy took that standard up a few notches by donating $50,000 to the Swift Boat Liars, who used fabrications and smears to help derail John Kerry's (D-MA) 2004 presidential campaign.

So it created substantial drama a month ago when Fox appeared before the Foreign Relations Committee for his nomination hearing and, much to his regret, a Senator named Kerry hadn’t called in sick that day.


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