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May 13, 2005

Bolton escapes FRC

From the Ass. Press:

John R. Bolton, President Bush's sharp-elbowed nominee to become U.N. ambassador, survived a cliffhanger Senate committee vote Thursday after renewed criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, leaving the final confirmation decision to the full Senate.

The Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-8 along party lines to advance Bolton's nomination without the customary recommendation that the Senate approve it. The procedural move spared Bush outright defeat in the Republican-led committee but still represented an embarrassing setback early in his second term.

The pivotal vote came from Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich, who said Bolton was a sometime bully whose short fuse would have gotten him fired in the private sector.

"This is not behavior that should be endorsed as the face of the United States to the world community at the United Nations," Voinovich said. "It is my opinion that John Bolton is the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be."

Bolton has sharp elbows? It certainly doesn't seem nice for the Ass. Press to be ridiculing someone's physical characteristic, though, does it.

Coverage: Powerline (also here), Michelle Malkin (also here, here and here), Outside the Beltway (also here), Blogs for Bush (also here), Drezner, GOP Bloggers, Pardon my English, InTheBullpen

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 13, 2005 02:36 PM

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