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The Borking of Bolton

Sunday, 24 April 2005 12:00 AM

The ongoing attempted ‘Borking' of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the U.N. personifies the most venial, petty mean-spiritedness of the perpetual partisan acrimony. It highlights the very worst in congressional conduct and exacerbates an already adversarial environment, resulting in an avoidable catch-22.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has tried to counsel his party. He has cautioned that the Democratic Party must reconnect with voters' core values if it hopes to regain congressional seats and perhaps even the presidency.

Richardson said (correctly) that partisan fights in the nation's capital must be replaced with policy proposals that strike at the heart of voters' most pressing concerns.

Sadly, the usual suspects (Biden, Schumer, Pelosi, Reid, Leahy, Kerry and the ubiquitous Ted Kennedy) continue to ignore facts that contradict their preconceived prejudice and ‘Jones' to get in the way of common sense.

Alas, common sense, reason and courtesy are alien concepts to the us-versus-them partisan sycophants. John Kerry apparently wants to explore Bolton's grammar-school recess behavior and said, "Is the chairman saying it doesn't matter what we know about John Bolton?" The defeated myopic hypocrite actually said: "If you don't know some of the allegations that have come across the transom, then you are voting in the blind. Maybe you want to vote in the blind."

Gosh-oh-gee-golly, John, isn't that EXACTLY what you wanted during your failed presidential race … what you STILL want? Here is the guy who STILL refuses to sign a Standard Form 180 to reveal full disclosure of his military record. And notwithstanding his claim to MSNBC's Chris Matthews that he WOULD, he still hasn't … and he won't.

The documentation of the various Kerry discharges, if ever revealed, will terminate any political fiction he attempts to maintain.

Kerry recently ripped fellow Democrat Mark Dayton after Dayton blew some nice smoke at Hillary. With "daggers in his eyes," Kerry attacked Dayton on the floor of the Senate, asking, "What are you doing endorsing my 2008 presidential opponent?" Dayton says Kerry was serious as a heart attack but that, "as Winston Churchill once said, I'd rather be right than consistent."

Pundits and academics are squeezing every drop of analysis out of the Bolton travails. Will the White House hang tough and continue to support its man? Will the Senate kill the nomination? Will Bolton survive and be confirmed? Will he withdraw to save the White House?

Experts with significant insights seem intent on agreeing to disagree about what will or won't happen.

Sen. Gordon Smith spoke to the full Senate bemoaning what he accurately called "death by a thousand cuts."

What should have been a routine nomination has turned into a Rubicon for both the administration AND the nascent liberal critics. Vice President Dick Cheney talks the talk. "If being occasionally tough and aggressive and abrasive were a problem," Cheney said, "a lot of members of the United States Senate wouldn't qualify." But will the White House walk the walk?

Much has been made of Sen. George Voinovich's articulated misgivings about Bolton. Some conservative groups are even targeting Voinovich as a disloyal partisan traitor. However, despite the obvious character flaws of Voinovich (who, previous to his epiphany, hadn't even bothered to show up for committee meetings), Chairman Richard Lugar is the guy who ought to be taken to the woodshed.

Lawyers never ask a witness questions they don't know the answer to … or they are not supposed to do so. Committee chairs aren't ‘supposed' to get around to VOTES until they have already counted noses and the result is a foregone conclusion. For Lugar to be ‘surprised' by Voinovich is an epic "Aw, sh*t!"

The pusillanimous Joe Biden lied to Lugar. Of course Biden has routinely demonstrated his propensity for duplicity, hypocrisy and rancor.

Bolton's greatest sin seems to be his vigorous support of his president's foreign policy in an arena of gutless, wayward Foggy Bottom careerists.

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