Saturday, July 09, 2005

Bolton Nomination: The Latest

- Steve Clemons has a long, reflective post on the state of the nomination now. There's not a lot of new information there, but it's well worth reading as an excellent digest of the long road this nomination has taken.

- In an interview with the Dayton Daily News on Friday, Senator George Voinovich, one of two Republican senators (so far) to have come out in public opposition to John Bolton, said he thinks there's a "55-45 chance" that Bush will use his recess appointment power to send Bolton to the United Nations. But, said the Ohioan, "I have a gut feeling that logic will prevail" and Bush won't take that step. "It's like the children's story, the Emperor's Clothes: Everybody knows he's in his underwear and nobody will say it," Voinovich added.

Voinovich will say it. I will say it. Let's hear it from the rest of you.


At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's your beef with Bolton anyhow? I don't see what the argument is against sending an straight-shooter into a den of thieves. There's an outside chance he might make himself understood in all of the 22 official languages by talking plainly. The obfuscating double-talk usual in the chamber might be one of the reason it's become a a sink hole of corruption.

At 8:54 PM, Blogger JBD said...

My "beef" with Bolton is manifold; I've been blogging about the nomination almost since the beginning (run a search of the blog for various posts). I have absolutely nothing against sending a straight-shooter to the UN, but I think Bolton has a track record that is much less than effective, and that he's very unlikely to bring about anything at all in the way of reforms. The president should withdraw his name and nominate someone who can really accomplish something.

At 11:14 PM, Anonymous PhilS said...

We need someone that has credibility, and, integrity; neither of which, the record has shown, does Bolton have. When so many associates have complained about him,and even some countries, this is not the right man for the UN.

At 6:06 PM, Blogger JBD said...

Right on Phil.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Jami said...

the acting ambassador is apparently well-liked and effective. maybe we can keep her?


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