May 12, 2005


Voinovich slams Bolton but OKs Senate vote (BARRY SCHWEID, May 12, 2005, AP)

In a tense debate, a critical Republican senator opposed the nomination of John Bolton to be United Nations ambassador on Thursday, but said he would let it go to the full Senate for a vote. Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio called the diplomat arrogant and bullying.

"This United States can do better than John Bolton," Voinovich told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in one of the first big battles of President Bush's second term.

With Voinovich's decision, the committee was expected to vote later Thursday to send Bolton's nomination to the full Senate without recommending that he be approved. Committees usually endorse the nominees they send to the Senate for a vote.

Bolton nomination heads for Senate vote (CNN, 5/12/05)
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to send John Bolton's nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to the Senate for a vote, despite stinging criticism from a key Republican on the panel.

Members of the committee, which has a Republican majority, voted 10-8 to send the nomination to the full Senate, but without a recommendation.
Bottom line: bitch, bitch, bitch...confirm. If you don't have the guts to vote against your president's pick why not just shut up?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 12, 2005 4:45 PM

I assume that Bush is allowing Voinovich a face-saving way out, and only because he can't figure out how to punish Voinovich without huring Ohio.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 12, 2005 6:21 PM

"This United States can do better than John Bolton"

Even the State of Ohio can do better than George Voinovich.

Posted by: bart at May 12, 2005 7:27 PM

I hate George Voinovich.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at May 12, 2005 10:30 PM

We'll see if it's a face-saving measure when the vote goes to the floor, if some of the other point-the-TV-cameras-my-way Republicans decide to also vote against Bolton and make Voinovich's vote critical to the final decision of the full Senate.

Posted by: John at May 13, 2005 12:39 AM

Coming soon to a Senate close to you : Voinivich (D-Ohio).

Posted by: Peter at May 13, 2005 3:57 AM

Voinovich is the same guy who threw a hissy fit at his pilot when he couldn't take off because Air Force One was coming in for a landing at the same time. I wonder why no one has called him on that.

Posted by: bart at May 13, 2005 2:38 PM