I've been rough on the Democrats this year. But these quiet victories make me smile:
A nine-second session gaveled in and out by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., prevented Bush from appointing as an assistant attorney general a nominee roundly rejected by majority Democrats. Without the pro forma session, the Senate would be technically adjourned, allowing the president to install officials without Senate confirmation. […]
Democrats wanted to block one such recess appointment in particular: Steven Bradbury, acting chief of the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Counsel. Bush nominated Bradbury for the job and asked the Senate to remove the “acting” in his title.
Bradbury, as it turns out, supports the administration's
Gestapo torture "enhanced interrogation" techniques. In fact, his signature is on two memos from '05 in which he endorsed torture.