Somebody had to be the Democrats’ postelection pinata, and it turned out to be John Bolton.
After President Bush nominated Bolton on Thursday to be U.N. ambassador, Democrats essentially told him not to bother. Sen. Joe Biden, top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said Bolton’s confirmation won’t be allowed to come to a vote. Rightly or wrongly, Democrats consider Bolton an undiplomatic bully who is prone to disparaging the United Nations.
Another Bush nomination, that of Robert Gates to replace Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense, may face some tough sledding over his role in the Iran-contra affair. But don’t expect it to drag out too long: After all, Rumsfeld has promised to stick around until his replacement is confirmed.
Posted by Dave Knadler
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