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August 01, 2005

Dems still dissing Bolton

From the Houston Chronicle...

Anticipating President Bush soon will appoint John Bolton as U.N. ambassador, a leading Democrat said Sunday that Bolton would go without the confidence of Congress.

"He's damaged goods. This is a person who lacks credibility," said Sen. Christopher Dodd, a senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said Bush should think again before using a recess appointment to place Bolton at the United Nations while the Senate is on its traditional August break.

"That's not what you want to send up, a person who doesn't have the confidence of the Congress and so many people who've urged that he not be sent up to do that job," said Dodd, D-Conn., on "Fox News Sunday."

As Bush left church on Sunday, a reporter shouted a question, asking whether the president would be appointing Bolton. Bush smiled and refrained from answering.

Of course he's going to appoint him over the recess. It's just a silly game the Democrats are playing, pretending something's wrong with Bolton in hopes that some of the mud they throw will stick on Bush. With the MSM carrying water for them, they know that they don't have to face the constant whining about their “obstructionist policies” they way Republicans have to whenever they try to oppose one of the radical ACLU types that Clinton (or Carter way back when) would appoint.

Once serving, the complaint about Bolton will weaken, since he's had time to demonstrate exactly how he would perform the job. But for now the Dems want to make a stink about Bush making a recess appointment, as if Clinton didn't do that all the time.

The Dems are also trying to make a big stink about Bolton forgetting a meeting he had with the State Department...

Charging that John R. Bolton was "not truthful" in answering questions about his record, 36 senators urged President Bush on Friday not to make a recess appointment of Mr. Bolton as United Nations ambassador after the Senate's failure to confirm him for that job....

In a letter to Mr. Bush, the senators cited the disclosure on Thursday that Mr. Bolton had been interviewed by the State Department's inspector general in an investigation of intelligence failures related to Iraq, even though he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in March that he had not been involved in any such inquiry.

Mr. Bolton "did not recall this interview" when he assured the committee that he had not been questioned by any investigators, according to a letter sent Friday from the State Department to Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the ranking Democrat on the foreign relations panel.

The letter from the senators, all Democrats except for the Senate's sole independent, who usually votes with them, was the latest escalation of the battle over Mr. Bolton.

Imagine if they ever find out that Bolton once went through the “20 items or less” lane at Wal-Mart with 21 items. They might just put him before a firing squad right then and there.

Coverage: PoliBlog

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 1, 2005 07:25 AM

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