Tuesday, August 02, 2005

How Many Senators Make "A Handful?"

Here's everyone's favorite weasel, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, when asked yesterday about the importance of an Ambassador receiving Senate confirmation:
Q So Senate confirmation really makes no difference in how he [Bolton] carries out his job?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think it's clear to everybody that he had the majority support of the United States Senate. But, unfortunately, a handful of Senate Democrats were intent on using partisan tactics to delay the nomination from receiving an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate.
A handful?

Thirty-six United States Senators sent a letter to President Bush on July 29 urging him not to make a recess appointment of Bolton after the State Department said he failed to tell lawmakers he was interviewed about faulty intelligence reports on Iraq.

If 51 Senate votes are a majority -- and unless you're really trying to mislead -- can 36 Senators really be called a “handful?”