June 22, 2005

VOINOVICH IS RIGHT:

Recess post unlikely for Bolton (TIMOTHY M. PHELPS, June 22, 2005, Newsday)

At midday yesterday, it seemed that John Bolton's nomination to become United Nations ambassador was doomed in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told the Associated Press there was nothing more he could do after the Senate failed to cut off debate on the nomination Monday.

At that point, speculation was intense here that President George W. Bush would flout the Senate by giving Bolton a temporary recess appointment that does not require confirmation.

An hour later, after lunching with Bush, an apparently embarrassed majority leader reversed himself, saying, "The president made it very clear that he expects an up or down vote." He said there was no talk at the lunch of a recess appointment.

The problem, according to diplomats at the State Department and the UN, is that Bolton may not be willing to accept a recess appointment.


The more you learn about Mr. Bolton the more filibuster-worthy he seems.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 22, 2005 8:58 PM
Comments

"according to diplomats at the State Department and the UN"

So we're relying on the word of those who have the most to fear from a Bolton appointment?

Posted by: AWW at June 22, 2005 9:22 PM

What??? Can you expand on this a bit more?

Posted by: ray at June 22, 2005 9:24 PM

ray - Two recess appointments is equal in effect to an appointment with Senate confirmation. If he needs affirmation from the US Senate, he's too much of a prig and too wrapped up in personal trivia to be a forceful envoy for the President.

Posted by: pj at June 22, 2005 9:30 PM

I can understand his reluctance. His position will be weakened if he gets a recess appointment and he will go in to this job already weakened.

Posted by: See-Dubya at June 22, 2005 9:48 PM

If Bolton doen't want the job, leave it empty. When somebody has to show up send the lowest flunky in the State Department.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 22, 2005 10:07 PM

See:

The American UN rep is as strong as the nation he represents.

Posted by: oj at June 22, 2005 10:28 PM

ray:

His supporters argue that he'd be good for the UN precisely because he's a pr***k.

But, as pj says, not taking the recess appointment is putting himself above his president and nation.

Posted by: oj at June 22, 2005 10:35 PM

ray:

His supporters argue that he'd be good for the UN precisely because he's a pr***k.

But, as pj says, not taking the recess appointment is putting himself above his president and nation.

Posted by: oj at June 22, 2005 10:35 PM

This has now become a power politics issue between the Senate Dems and Bush. If Bush doesn't do a recess appointment the Dems and MSM will be all over the place say how weak Bush is. This may be an attempt to wiggle out of this by Bush (I would have done the recess appt but Bolton didn't want it).

Posted by: AWW at June 22, 2005 10:46 PM

Maybe instead Bush should recess appoint somebody the Dem's would really hate. Ashcroft maybe? Or how about Richard Pearle?

Posted by: MB at June 22, 2005 10:54 PM

Otto Reich.

Jay Nordlinger.

Paul Johnson.

Christopher Hitchens.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 22, 2005 11:39 PM

bush should offer the position to noam chomsky.

Posted by: cjm at June 23, 2005 12:33 AM

The more I learn about Bolton, the more worthy he seems.

I certainly don't accept the word of Newsday quoting anonymous State and UN officials. Perhaps it's not Bolton, but Bush who rejects a recess appointment.

btw, under the Actual Constitution, Bolton has already been confirmed. Twice. Thanks, Sen. McCain.

Posted by: Noel at June 23, 2005 12:56 AM

If Bolton doesn't want a recess appointment,let me suggest some appropriate replacements for the UN.

Alan Keyes
Larry Harmon
Carrot Top
Pauly Shore

Posted by: bart at June 23, 2005 8:59 AM

Wasting all that time and effort filibustering the candidate for UN ambassador. A worthy effort for the Democrats, shows how potent they are in rage and impotent when it comes to real power.

Posted by: Mikey at June 23, 2005 9:16 AM

They'll confirm Bolton eventually as soon as all the damaging records have been shredded. Shouldn't be long now.

Posted by: erp at June 23, 2005 2:36 PM
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