April 7, 2005


Democrats Try to Build a Case Against Bolton (Barry Schweid, 4/07/05, The Associated Press)

Senate Democrats are sounding out former State Department officials and at least one current one as they try building a case against the confirmation of John R. Bolton as U.N. ambassador, congressional aides said Thursday.

So it's Democrats siding with Kofi Anan and the U.N. against the Adminstration? Heads up politics, huh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 7, 2005 11:10 PM

It's unlikely the Democrats will be able to muster any serious opposition to Bolton, as in a battle between State Department bureaucrats and pretty much anyone else, all patriotic Americans oppose State. However, the notion that a committee in the Senate has both the incredibly self-important Richard Lugar, who is conclusive proof that a Rhodes Scholarship is simply a matter of collecting enough boxtops, and the brain-dead Lincoln Chafee is not a good sign.

Posted by: bart at April 8, 2005 6:28 AM

NPR had a great story on the battle against Bolton today, in which all the arguments made against him are exactly the arguments in his favor, including the typically ominous tv commercial.

Posted by: David Cohen at April 8, 2005 8:47 AM

All this effort on a minor position. So, let's assume 6 GOP senators vote against him. Who gets appointed next? Sandy Berger? Richard Holbrooke? Al Franken? No, another Bush loyalist. Meanwhile another nail in the anti-UN coffin. So, itís futile and counterproductive. Yes, sounds like a democratic initiative.

Posted by: Bob at April 8, 2005 9:40 AM

It's time for Alan Keyes!

Posted by: oj at April 8, 2005 9:43 AM

Richard Perle?

Posted by: Bob at April 8, 2005 12:50 PM