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Republican asks senators to reject Bolton
Ohio's Voinovich calls U.N. nominee ‘controversial, ineffective’

May 24, 2005

WASHINGTON - The maverick Republican who denied President Bush’s U.N. nominee a smooth sail through the GOP-led Senate asked colleagues Tuesday to vote against a “controversial and ineffective ambassador.”

The Senate is expected to vote on John R. Bolton’s nomination before leaving for a Memorial Day break, and Republicans said they are confident he will be confirmed.

The vote would end weeks of wrangling over whether Bolton mistreated co-workers or took liberties with government intelligence.

“In these dangerous times, we cannot afford to put at risk our nation’s ability to successfully wage and win the war on terror with a controversial and ineffective ambassador to the United Nations,” Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, wrote to all 99 other senators. “I worry that Mr. Bolton could make it more difficult for us to achieve the important U.N. reforms needed to restore the strength of the institution.”

Voinovich first forced a delay in Bolton’s confirmation last month and then brokered an unusual compromise that sent Bolton’s nomination to the full Senate without the customary recommendation from a Senate committee.

Voinovich echoed Democratic objections to Bolton, saying his conduct and temperament make him ill-suited for a sensitive diplomatic post. Voinovich planned to make a lengthy case against Bolton on the Senate floor.

Republicans have expressed confidence that Bolton will win easy confirmation on the floor, where the party holds a 55-45 effective majority, but there were signs Tuesday that other Republicans may defect with Voinovich.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is undecided, spokesman Alex Conant said. It was the first time Thune’s name was mentioned along with about five other Republicans as a possible no vote.
Democrats said they have not ruled out a procedural tactic to postpone a vote, but several said it is unlikely.

“There is no desire for a filibuster,” Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said Tuesday.

NBC News reported that Sen. Barbara Boxer had lifted her hold on the nomination of Bolton after conferring with Sen. Joseph Biden, the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. That move set the stage for a heated debate on the Senate floor that could start as early as Wednesday afternoon.

NBC News' Keith Strickland and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

6 Comments:

Blogger Snave said...

I am enjoying seeing some Republican Senators breaking with the rank and file. This is getting to be rather refreshing.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

I knew that if anyone would save us it would have to be some of the moderate republicans. They are all that really stand between us and tyrrany. Lincoln Chafee's my favorite.

11:49 PM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Bolton's a crook. I can't believe the GOP thinks sending a warmongerer and radical-wing nut to the UN is a good idea. Where did they learn diplomacy? Out of a cracker jack box?

12:15 AM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

I hate to be pessimistic, but I think Bolton will sail right through. Some of the moderate Repubs will be bullied by the far-right into doing the wrong thing.

3:28 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I actually can see a silver lining on this deal. It would be great if the Dems can stop Bolton from getting the job...but if he does get it he'll probably end up embarrassing himself and Bush.

At this point I would say the world pretty much recognizes the American people shouldn't be held responsible for the actions of this moronic administration.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Damien said...

I'll just offer a fairly basic view of our friend Jonny B, surely if it's evident that he cannot even secure homeland support in a GOP dominated DC, then why the heck is he trying to stand for the UN. Can't see i see his presence in the UN as anything other than an information filter to the public.

3:35 PM  

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