May 26, 2005


Senate Forced to Continue Debate on Bolton Nomination (Reuters, 5/26/05)

The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to delay John Bolton's confirmation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, bowing to Democrats' demands that the Bush administration hand over more information on Bolton.

The Senate voted 56-42, giving Republicans less than the 60 votes needed to end debate and go to a final vote on Bolton. That will put the confirmation vote off until after Congress' weeklong Memorial Day recess.

Pretty funny--in their comments on the floor afterwards, after Bill Frist decried their filibuster, Joe Biden and Harry Reid said they'd allow an up or down vote immediately if the White House just releases some documents the Democrats want. So they don't care what's in the documents, just insist they get them?

Meanwhile, Two Bush Nominees Get Panel's Quick OK (JESSE J. HOLLAND, May 26, 2005, Associated Press)

Two of President Bush's blocked judicial nominees, cleared for confirmation by this week's Senate compromise on filibusters, gained quick approval Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The nominations of Richard Griffin and David McKeague for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati were approved by voice vote in the committee without debate. The nominees now move to the full Senate for confirmation votes.

Democrats had been blocking Griffin and McKeague at the request of Michigan's two Democratic senators, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. But they agreed not to hold up the nominations anymore as part of the discussion over the use of judicial filibusters.

And Senator Frist is going to seek cloture on Brown and Pryor perhaps tonight?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 26, 2005 6:53 PM

Now, does Bush

(a) Give Dems documents;

(b) Recess appoint Bolton;

(c) Not release documents, insist on up or down vote;

(d) Put the apartment at the Waldorf that is used by the UN Ambassador on the market, proceeds going to reduce the deficit;

(e) Recess appoint Ann Coulter?

Posted by: Dan at May 26, 2005 8:55 PM

Too bad he can't pull out Biden's hair plugs on live TV, one by one.

I LIKE the Ann Coulter idea. Mark Levin for SC!

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 26, 2005 10:18 PM

Give them the documents


Of course, the WH can leave the and, the, or, but.

Posted by: Sandy P. at May 26, 2005 10:30 PM

I say give Bolton a recess appointment, and use him as a campaign issue.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at May 27, 2005 12:55 AM