May 20, 2005

PRESIDENTS GET THEIR NOMINEES:

GOP gathers support for Bolton nomination (James G. Lakely and Stephen Dinan, 5/20/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The White House cannot count on much backing from Democrats to confirm John R. Bolton, as Republicans seek to shore up support for the ambassador to the United Nations nominee before a Senate floor vote later this month.

Meanwhile, though, Republicans appear to be rallying behind Mr. Bolton, with key senators such as Susan Collins of Maine and Mike DeWine of Ohio saying they plan to support him when the Senate takes up his nomination, probably next week.

"I'm giving deference to the president's choice for the United Nations," Mr. DeWine said, while Miss Collins said Mr. Bolton would not have been her choice, but "I think he's qualified for the position."

What is it, something like nine cabinet nominees have ever been voted down.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 20, 2005 1:23 PM
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