How could I have missed this? An aide to Senator McConnell writes to correct me ever so gently:
Just noticed your post on Bruce Cole and wanted to let you know, if you didn’t already, that under the statute, Obama appoints whomever McConnell picks for the Republican slots on these bipartisan boards and commissions. So we have McConnell to thank for this, not Obama. Here is Daniel Foster’s National Review article from a few months back on the good work McConnell’s been doing with these boards. (As a footnote, the staffer who advises on these noms used to work with Bruce as counsel at the NEH…)
It’s the president’s appointment but the credit goes to Senator McConnell. I sincerely regret the oversight and want to make sure this amplification is added to the record.