Skip to comments.Weakened Bush set to lose a second ally
Posted on 11/10/2006 6:00:59 AM PST by Mrs Ivan
President Bush suffered a fresh blow today as the victorious Democrats moved to oust John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations.
Democrat leaders made clear they would not endorse President Bush's attempt to keep the hawkish Mr Bolton in the key diplomatic post.
In what has been dubbed "High noon for the neo-cons," Mr Bolton looks likely to be the second high profile member to leave the President's team after the sacking of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
The mid-term elections saw the Democrats seize the Senate and the House of Representatives from the Republicans and they now have the muscle to block White House appointments.
Mr Bush appointed Mr Bolton to the job temporarily in August last year while Congress was in recess.
Under the constitution the appointment has to be re-submitted for Congressional approval.
But the Democrats, who regard Mr Bolton as a bully short on diplomatic skills, said his nomination was "going nowhere."
Democrat senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, who is expected to chair the Senate foreign relations committee, said: "I think John Bolton's going nowhere."
The row over his appointment was further evidence of the shift in the balance of power in Washington.
Despite promises by both sides for a more partisan approach - signalled in a staged meeting between the President and new House speaker Nancy Pelosi - behind the scenes the Democrats were starting to unpick a decade of Republican domination.
The Republican chairman of the Senate environment committee, who has questioned the science of global warming, is also expected to be replaced by a Democrat.
In Britain, former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind questioned whether the verdict in Saddam Hussein's trial had been delayed to help President Bush in the mid-term elections.
The White House has dismissed such accusations as "preposterous." At a meeting with Ms Pelosi, the President made clear the shift in power would not hasten the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.
He said he would listen to all suggestions about Iraq except for pulling out troops before the mission was completed.
This would be a Huge mistake for the dims.
Leave the post vacant and send a message to the UN that it is not important enough to us to justify a cabinet-level individual filling it. What they should have done in the first place.
Peace, Love, No War, Hug a Terrorist is the Dems plan
Someone help me out.
How do the Dems have a majority in the Senate when 2 of the members are Independents?
Granted, these independents may caucus with the Dems, but no one party has a majority in the Senate right now.
Yesterday there were cheers that this nomination would go right through as a result of some "deal" struck with the Dems and W. What happened to that sentiment?
This is fine except I really don't want B. Clinton over there running around in his self-assumed God-like posture, acting as if he can and will make determinations he has no legitimate authority to make; not that I think there is any way to stop him now.
Pity if anyone actually believed that the dems would be anything but divisive and viciously obstructionist.
Why would they change now, they think all those nasty attacks got them something.
Lieberman and Sanders have stated they will caucus with the Dems. The Dems have a majority in the Senate. We lost, okay! Accept it. There are too many FReepers in denial.
Is this the petulence we can expect for the next two years? What exactly is the matter with Bolton - he's been ambassador for a year and as best as I can tell he's played well with the other kids and hasn't thrown anybody out a window or anything. Or do they just not like the mustache?
That's exactly what needs to be done.
The goal should be to stop sending money to the U.N.
Resign from the U.N.
Back out of all treaties that have the ability to override our national sovereignty.
And for God sake, stop spending my money by giving it to other nations!
Well, I guess this means Bush will nominate Jimmy Carter to be our guy at the UN. Since ole Jimmy would be approved by the Dim Congress.
Dims are incapable of recognizing their own mistakes. That's one of the things that makes them so dangerous.
They are going to mess things up big time. I'm significantly reducing my equity exposure in the market; don't want to be left holding the bag in the aftermath of Dems screw-ups when they wreck the economy -- and everything else in sight.
It will be interesting to see what Bush does. He can still appoint Bolton to another recess, but will he totally cave?
What the Pubbies could do is nominate Lieberman for positon of Senate majority leader, even though he is Dem at heart, but as independent he would be in a position to play king maker and perhaps quash some those who back stabbed him. If the pubbies went 100 percent with Lieberman voting for himself, the Vice president could break the tie and Lieberman would become Majority leader over his other Dem rivals....though I'll bet some other Dems might actually join with Lieberman.
It would be interesting to watch the fall out!!
"Lieberman and Sanders have stated they will caucus with the Dems. The Dems have a majority in the Senate. We lost, okay! Accept it. There are too many FReepers in denial."
I had the same question that you just replied to. I do understand that Lieberman and Sanders will caucus with the Dems. So what you are saying is that they will vote with the Dems every time? I expect Sanders would, but as far as the war and funding of our troops, I would think that Lieberman would not vote with the Dems. Guess I'm wrong.:(
Now that is an interesting strategy.
Any of you Republican congressmen listening out there?