June 7, 2005


Bolton approval by 'tiniest' margin - senator (Evelyn Leopold, Jun 7, 2005, Reuters) -

A senior Democratic senator said Monday John Bolton would be confirmed by the "tiniest" of margins as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, thereby sending a signal to the rest of the world that he lacked strong support at home.

The U.S. Senate this week will again examine Bolton's nomination, which has twice been delayed by Democrats amid accusations that he has a record of abusive, erratic behavior that should disqualify him for the sensitive diplomatic job.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, like other leading Democrats, predicted the Senate would approve Bolton, a strong critic of the United Nations, this week or next but said no previous American ambassador to the world body was approved by a small margin.

More importantly, it sends a message to Americans that the Democratic Party opposes reform of the UN.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2005 3:50 PM

So does that mean that he only gets to cast 1/50th of a Security Council veto?

Posted by: b at June 7, 2005 4:55 PM

It's like the old joke about the bar exam:

What do they call the guy who gets a barely passing score? "Counsellor."

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 7, 2005 5:38 PM

So what happens when Bolton gets his "Moynihan Moment" and hammers some UN outrage, of which there are ample numbers? How will a no vote help a Dem in a red state reelection race?

Posted by: Luciferous at June 7, 2005 5:56 PM

He has all the strong support he needs.

That of the President.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 7, 2005 6:26 PM