July 13, 2005


Bolton May Accept Recess Appointment (Charles Babington and Dafna Linzer, July 13, 2005, Washington Post)

John R. Bolton's nomination to be ambassador to the United Nations was the hottest issue in Congress a few months ago. But it has virtually evaporated this summer, eclipsed by speculation over a Supreme Court nominee and the fate of the president's top political adviser.

With neither the White House nor Senate Democrats showing any sign of yielding in their long-running dispute over documents related to Bolton's State Department work, speculation is rife that Bolton is prepared to accept a recess appointment good through the end of 2006, despite warnings from some GOP senators that it would weaken his influence and effectiveness.

Their advice has been taken and a majority offered their consent.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 13, 2005 11:56 AM

The majority of senators have indicated they will vote to confirm Bolton. That's all the Constitution requires. Perhaps Bush should do the same for Supreme Court nominees who have the support of the majority of the senate while we
wait for the next election to find out which strategy resonates best with voters.

This handful of crazies have had the floor long enough.

Posted by: erp at July 13, 2005 12:16 PM

Much as the commentary that Bush couldn't lead effectively after 2000 due to his small margin of victory was wrong the thought that Bolton won't have clout/be effective if he is a recess appt is wrong.

Posted by: AWW at July 13, 2005 1:14 PM

the question: does Bolton's assignment help or hurt the UN?

I favor hurting the UN.

this is a simple doctrine.

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at July 13, 2005 1:25 PM

Karl likes the heat. I'll bet he's smiling at the WSJ article today. A regular "Road Runner", running the chatterati off the cliff regularly. What a chapter in history his tenure will provide.

I hope Bolton lives up to his reputation at the UN; especially the Democrat iterations of it.

Posted by: Genecis at July 13, 2005 1:36 PM

"the thought that Bolton won't have clout/be effective if he is a recess appt is wrong."

The UN is terminal. Bolton won't have any effect on it. now ill anything short of a wrecking ball and a paddy wagon for the officers.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 13, 2005 3:25 PM

"..some GOP senators..." have got to be from the rust belt and both coasts.

Like erp says, how can that band of dumb brothers and sisters tie up the Senate so efficiently and for so long, while red state senators mumble that everything's just fine?

Posted by: John J. Coupal at July 13, 2005 4:52 PM

JJC - You got the music right, but the words need a little work.

Posted by: erp at July 13, 2005 6:41 PM