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Bolton Unlikely to Win Senate Approval
AP ^ | Nov 9 2006

Posted on 11/09/2006 12:57:57 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospects for extending John Bolton's job as U.N. ambassador essentially died Thursday as Democrats and a pivotal Republican said they would continue to oppose the nomination.

It was another blow to President Bush two days after Democrats triumphed in elections that will give them control of Congress next year. On Wednesday, Bush had announced that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, a polarizing figure and face of the Iraq war, would step down.

On Thursday the White House resubmitted Bolton's nomination to the Senate, where the appointment has languished for more than a year. Bush appointed him to the job temporarily in August 2005 while Congress was in recess, an appointment that will expire in January.

Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., who was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse on Tuesday, told reporters in Rhode Island on Thursday that he would continue opposing Bolton. That would deny Republicans the votes they would need to move Bolton's nomination from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the full Senate.

Democrats indicated that even should the Senate try debating Bolton's nomination when lawmakers reconvene next week - still under Republican control - they would stretch out debate on Bolton with the aim of killing it.

``I see no point in considering Mr. Bolton's nomination again in the Foreign Relations Committee because regardless of what happens there, he is unlikely to be considered by the full Senate,'' said Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.


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There goes Chafee's ambassadorship to Bermuda.
1 posted on 11/09/2006 12:57:58 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Leroy S. Mort
And the games begin.

Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., who was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse on Tuesday, told reporters in Rhode Island on Thursday that he would continue opposing Bolton.

And a RINO to the end...

2 posted on 11/09/2006 12:59:09 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

LOL. Make him ambassador to Sudan.


3 posted on 11/09/2006 12:59:21 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: Leroy S. Mort
That would deny Republicans the votes they would need to move Bolton's nomination from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the full Senate.

Move the nomination to the floor. Come on, Republicans! For once in this stinking Congress, show some backbone!

4 posted on 11/09/2006 1:00:23 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: My2Cents

Sudan...with no budget for security...


5 posted on 11/09/2006 1:00:27 PM PST by Youngman442002
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To: My2Cents
Better yet, send him to Syria.
6 posted on 11/09/2006 1:00:54 PM PST by b4its2late (FOOTBALL REFEREES: It's tough playing with us, but you can't play the game without us.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., who was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse on Tuesday, told reporters in Rhode Island on Thursday that he would continue opposing Bolton. That would deny Republicans the votes they would need to move Bolton's nomination from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the full Senate.

Scorched-Earth policy in effect, I see. Thanks, Chafee. You were useless until the end.

7 posted on 11/09/2006 1:00:54 PM PST by edpc (Violence is ALWAYS a solution. Maybe not the right one....but a solution nonetheless)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Throw Chafee off the Committee.


8 posted on 11/09/2006 1:00:55 PM PST by furquhart (Time for a New Crusade - Deus lo Volt!)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

What are the Dems' real complaints about Bolton? The only thing I can figure is that he doesn't have his nose up Annan's backside and the Dems want someone who will sell out the US's interests in favor of the UN's.


9 posted on 11/09/2006 1:01:04 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Kerry, What part of showing heels and ass is a winning strategy in Iraq?)
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To: My2Cents

....and take away the Marine guards and give Chafee a spear.


10 posted on 11/09/2006 1:01:20 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Leroy S. Mort

There was talk of appointing Bolton to some State Dept. post which doesn't require Senate confirmation and then making him acting ambassador to the UN.


11 posted on 11/09/2006 1:01:23 PM PST by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

We need only 50 votes. Bolton isn't a bill, so in theory, filibusters can't stick.


12 posted on 11/09/2006 1:01:51 PM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: 2banana
Boot Chafee off the committee! Who cares? Lame duck.
13 posted on 11/09/2006 1:01:52 PM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Don't send another ambassador, just send a moving van and get out of that rat hole.


14 posted on 11/09/2006 1:02:09 PM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Democrats In Control! (Where's my friggin' free stuff?))
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To: furquhart

But...but...but, THAT just isn't done! < /s >


15 posted on 11/09/2006 1:02:18 PM PST by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., ...told reporters in Rhode Island on Thursday that he would continue opposing Bolton.

I am glad he's gone. I just wish we could have kept the Senate without him.

16 posted on 11/09/2006 1:02:19 PM PST by SmithL (Where are we going? . . . . And why are we in this handbasket????)
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To: My2Cents

Not a bad idea. I was thinking of making him Ambassador to Iran and dropping the Equalizer.


17 posted on 11/09/2006 1:02:47 PM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: 2banana

Angling for a position in the next Dem administration?


18 posted on 11/09/2006 1:02:48 PM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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To: furquhart
furquhart wrote: Throw Chafee off the Committee.

I thought Chaffee placed a senatorial 'hold' on Bolton's nomination.

19 posted on 11/09/2006 1:03:25 PM PST by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Chafee's constant volunteering to be a "pivot man" for the DemocRATS is why he'll be going home in January.


20 posted on 11/09/2006 1:03:52 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Burns and Allen Concede! Say Goodnight Gracie!)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

How weak is Bush? He did more for Chaffee, than any other Senator for this election, and yet he can't even get Chaffee to do something for him.


21 posted on 11/09/2006 1:04:27 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: rightinthemiddle

Yeah, this would be a really nice time to do something to get us back up and soldiering on, wouldn't it. Unfortunately, I fear we conservatives are being held responsible for everything and there will be no relief in site for some time.


22 posted on 11/09/2006 1:04:36 PM PST by ichabod1 ("For make benefit of Our Glorious Socializt Revolution")
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To: 2banana

If there is one bright spot on all this it is that this idiot is no longer in the Senate.


23 posted on 11/09/2006 1:05:26 PM PST by when the time is right
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To: ConservativeMind

Chaffee is preventing him from coming to the floor. he has a hold on him.


24 posted on 11/09/2006 1:05:27 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Honestly, has there ever been a Republican who was give so much - money, support, etc. and who so viciously STABBED us in the back, time after time??


25 posted on 11/09/2006 1:05:41 PM PST by Obadiah
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To: edpc

After their victory it would set a poor tone to do so. Bolton has done a good job in handling the North Korea nuclear issue. The hard speaking, bar room rough-neck that we know is better than some soft-spoken dandy we don't know in the current geopolitical environment.


26 posted on 11/09/2006 1:05:53 PM PST by middie
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To: SmithL
I just wish we could have kept the Senate without him.

It's interesting, if all the races had turned out the same but Chafee won, the GOP would have 50 seats and could organize with Cheney's tie-breaking vote. Except you know that Chafee would have waited until spring just like Jeffords, then he'd say he couldn't tolerate the extremism of the Republican Party, and he'd switch to the Democrats.

That would have led to a bunch of newspaper articles and TV show appearances focusing on the evils of the Republican Party. Which is exactly what happened in the Jeffords case.

So it's just as well that the Republicans won 49 seats rather than 50 with Chafee being among the 50. It would still be 49 seats by some point next year.

27 posted on 11/09/2006 1:06:12 PM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: quidnunc

How can they do that?


28 posted on 11/09/2006 1:06:15 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Yeah he's "pivotal" all right. Pivot man is more like it.


29 posted on 11/09/2006 1:06:43 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Do what you love and the ridicule will follow.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
A major reason the GOP lost: RINOs
30 posted on 11/09/2006 1:06:51 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: nickcarraway

"How weak is Bush?"

There are never any paybacks.

Just ask France.

Chaffee slapped Bush across the face without fear.


31 posted on 11/09/2006 1:06:53 PM PST by Shermy
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To: middie

I agree. The way I understand it, Bush can recess appoint him again, but he can't be paid. I wonder if a Bolton fund is legal.....


32 posted on 11/09/2006 1:07:39 PM PST by edpc (Violence is ALWAYS a solution. Maybe not the right one....but a solution nonetheless)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Good God! Bubba Clintoon will be replacin' John Bolton. Halloweenie will be comin' early.


33 posted on 11/09/2006 1:08:41 PM PST by lilylangtree
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Frankly, I was not unhappy to see Chaffee go down. What a weasel. Not worth a bucket of warm spit.


34 posted on 11/09/2006 1:10:29 PM PST by RichardW
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To: KarlInOhio

If I'm not mistaken people like Dodd and Harkin are lovers of Ortega and his ilk and Bolton rattled some cages way back when vis a vis the South American commies. Now I could be confusing Bolton with Otto Reich but I think the principle is the same - the bad guys hate people who stand up to bad guys.


35 posted on 11/09/2006 1:11:06 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Time for some lame duck Congress legislation. Force him through.


36 posted on 11/09/2006 1:11:35 PM PST by zendari
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Chafee confirming everything ever suspected about him.


37 posted on 11/09/2006 1:12:03 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Bolton is an embarrasment to the democrats because he's accomplished more in 3 months at the UN, than any of the dem nominated ones have in their lifetimes.

But a corrupt den of theives style UN (Pre-Bolton) is a ally to the democrats and thats what they are going to push for. I bet they already have some liberal islam appeasing pacifist they plan to place in there.


38 posted on 11/09/2006 1:12:40 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

And so the long, slow march to dhimmitude begins.... not with a bang, but with a whimper.


39 posted on 11/09/2006 1:12:48 PM PST by StatenIsland
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To: Leroy S. Mort

If the Donks want to kill the nomination of a tough-talking Ambassador to the UN, we should make them kill it. We should not save them the trouble by making it go away.

The thing is, an awful lot of Americans think that haveing a tough-talking Ambassador to the UN is a heck of a good idea. If the Donks want to be Milquetoasts, they should pay the political price.


40 posted on 11/09/2006 1:12:54 PM PST by gridlock (My Prognosticator Unit is busted, and stuck on "ROSY". Take what I say with a grain of salt...)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

................and then over in the House Pelousey wants to work with the President?????????.......didn't take long did it?............


41 posted on 11/09/2006 1:13:29 PM PST by GitmoSailor (Diana We love you in AZ! IREY will be Back Jack!!!.............COLD WAR VET.........)
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To: Numbers Guy

you are right - Chafee has proven he has the (lack of) integrity that Jumpin Jim Jeffords did & if there was even further doubt his final comments (before the election) that he might / would change parties - just proved what a pathetic excuse he was.


42 posted on 11/09/2006 1:13:35 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: Obadiah
Honestly, has there ever been a Republican who was give so much - money, support, etc. and who so viciously STABBED us in the back, time after time??

Here is a candidate.

Joe Lieberman and I are going to caucus with the socialists, thus assuring them of a majority in the senate.


43 posted on 11/09/2006 1:13:52 PM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: KarlInOhio

"What are the Dems' real complaints about Bolton? The only thing I can figure is that he doesn't have his nose up Annan's backside and the Dems want someone who will sell out the US's interests in favor of the UN's."

Answered the selfsame question very well indeed!


44 posted on 11/09/2006 1:15:18 PM PST by petro45acp (SUPPORT/BE YOUR LOCAL SHEEPDOG! ("On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs" by Dave Grossman))
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To: Leroy S. Mort

But, Harry Reid told us that they were going to work together with the President and the Senate Republicans!


45 posted on 11/09/2006 1:15:55 PM PST by hocndoc (http://www.lifeethics.org/www.lifeethics.org/index.html)
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To: RichardW

Chaffee's exterior reflects his interior... he is so weasly looking and just a dweeb of the 1st order.
Good riddance you cockroach.


46 posted on 11/09/2006 1:17:03 PM PST by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Well, at least I feel good about the gloating email I sent to Chaffee after hearing he lost. :-)


47 posted on 11/09/2006 1:17:39 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Only because he knows what he talks about! Only because he wants change! And maybe because he knows too much.


48 posted on 11/09/2006 1:20:43 PM PST by malia (President Bush - a man of honor!! clinton as President a man of horror)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

I'm glad that ba$tard lost (sorry, not very lady-like of me but I'm really sick of these namby-pamby RINOs),


49 posted on 11/09/2006 1:23:55 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: My2Cents

"For once in this stinking Congress, show some backbone!"

Do you think they ever had any? What I have learned in the last 14 years is that Dems are nasty and conniving and that the Reps are gutless and compromising. Which method, do you think, is more successful in American politics?


50 posted on 11/09/2006 1:24:00 PM PST by 353FMG (I never met a liberal I didn't dislike.)
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