Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Bolton Up For Vote Again Thursday

Like a bad rash that just won't go away, John Bolton once again comes up for a vote this week to be our country's chief diplomat at the United Nations.

The State Department announced yesterday that they would not turn over more Bolton-related documents requested by Senate Democrats in the belief that they have already provided "...all the information that's required."

Democrat Joseph Biden said that the State Department's refusal to provide the requested documents could lead to yet another postponement of the vote, which is expected to take place in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.

All eight Democrats on the committee plan to vote against Bolton and are looking for yet more evidence that the nominee twisted government intelligence to suit his conservative views and mistreated lower-level analysts who tried to raise red flags.

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, has predicted Bolton will win committee support by a 10-8 party-line vote and said there is no reason to postpone the vote a second time.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino has said previously that Bolton is "the right person at the right time to do this important job."

"People are demanding reform at the United Nations, and John Bolton is the right person to help bring about much-needed changes. He is smart, passionate, blunt and occasionally gruff -- those are qualities required for an agent of change to get things done."

And just who are these people who are "demanding reform" at the U.N.? George W. Bush? Karl Rove? Tony Perkins, James Dobson and the religious nitwits who brought us Justice Sunday?

Once again, the world community stands by to see how our country will vote, all the while assuming that the only reason Bush nominated Bolton is because Pat Robertson is too busy tying God to filibusters and Mike Tyson hasn't completed his rage-management classes yet.

It'll take all 10 Republican Senators to keep Bolton's nomination from dying in committee and we can only hope that Chuck Hagel, Lincoln Chafee or George Voinovich have seen enough to vote the right way.