Skip to comments.Bolton and Bipartisanship
Posted on 11/13/2006 7:53:46 AM PST by shrinkermd
So let's see. Democrats retake the Senate, and their first act of "bipartisanship" is to declare that they'll deny a confirmation vote to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton. And now, say the arbiters of Washington manners, President Bush is supposed to show his willingness to compromise by withdrawing Mr. Bolton's nomination.
If Mr. Bush obliges, he'll be taking a big step toward turning last week's GOP defeat into a rout. Mr. Bolton has performed in exemplary fashion as a recess appointee these last two years, winning plaudits from everyone except those who admire Kofi Annan and Hugo Chavez. He has followed State Department orders and argued forcefully for U.S. policy...
..Mr. Chafee is a mystery wrapped in a muddle even to himself. Democrats Chris Dodd and Joe Biden are trying to show that any political appointee who refuses to bend to their wishes can't be confirmed. They know other Democrats would vote to confirm Mr. Bolton if he made it to the Senate floor.... .
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I like that compromise!
That is brilliant, and so non-confrontational.
And it's a major poke in the eye to not only the Democrats but the outgoing allegedly-GOP Senator from Rhode Island, Lincoln "Ungrateful Bastard" Chafee.
Democrat's idea of nonpartisanship: what's ours is ours, and what's yours is negotiable!
That is what it's going to take to keep Bolton at the UN. I think that the White House has already signaled that they will not withdraw Bolton's nomination, nor will they compromise National Security by allowing his service at the UN to be thwarted or diminished in any way; especially by the likes of Joe Biden.
Bi-partisan: Giving Democrats what they want without a fight.
It's always been that way.
Lets not lose sight of the fact that the real shame is not that the democrat controlled congress will not confirm him but that the REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS FAILED TO CONFIRM HIM
Absolutely right! All of you people who are thinking that Bill Frist will make such a great candidate fro the Presidency in 2008 need to keep Bolton in mind. He should have been confirmed a long time ago, and responsibility for this debacle lies directly at Frist's feet.
I challenge ANY democrat to give SPECIFIC instances when AMB BOLTON has not MORE than adquately represented the country in a professional and admirable fashion during his tenure at the UN. This is an issue where I think the President can use his bully pulpit to regain his presidency.
The RATS will be show for what they are, weak on national security, and more interested in politics than the countries interest.
At least the RATs are predictable. God only knows how the RINOs will behave.
Great idea, but it will never happen. There have been so many instances over the last six years where fellow freepers have made suggestions about what the president or the R led Congress could have done to make changes or forward their agenda. The reality is, they have done almost none of them. They didn't use the nuclear option for judicial confirmations, etc. We need to face up to the fact that virtually no one on the R side of the aisle, or in the White House has any stones or any vision to get a conservative agenda moved forward.