Bolton resigns as U.N. ambassador
Unable to win Senate confirmation, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton will step down when his recess appointment expires soon, the White House said Monday.
I was done posting for today but changed my mind. Read on.
As I mentioned to Beth earlier today, if it weren’t for Bolton, Hugo (Chavez) would have a Security Council seat as we speak. Instead Bolton managed to come up with Panama as a compromise candidate – a brilliant move because of China’s connection, and Panama’s commitment to free trade (they just had a referendum on enlarging the Canal).
I had to run errands and got back to find this email from frank_lautenberg@ lautenberg.senate.gov (I had emailed Sen. Lautenberg last month re: Bolton’s confirmation)
Thank you for contacting me about John Bolton ‘s confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) I appreciate your input on this topic.
President Bush installed John Bolton as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. on August 1, 2005 , by making a “recess appointment” and circumventing the Senate’s constitutional ” advice and consent ” obligation . Last year, when the Senate was first slated to confirm Mr. Bolton, I appealed to the President to provide documents on his nominee so we could better evaluate his credentials. To date, these documents have not been provided. As a result, John Bolton’s confirmation was twice delayed in the Senate by members of both parties and remains held up by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee .
While I would prefer that the President submit a nominee who can receive the overwhelming support of the Senate, I will keep your views in mind when, and if, the Senate votes to confirm John Bolton to be U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Thank you for contacting me.
So here I get an answer from Lautenberg, who claims he withheld approval because of Bolton’s lack of credentials. Let’s have a history lesson, via Jim, on how Lautenberg got his job warming a seat at the halls of power this time around:
We had a former Senator “decide not to run” because he was clearly up to his ass in corruption. He was replaced on the ballot at the last minute by the cadaverous and thoroughly contemptible, Frank Lautenberg, with the blessing of the New Jersey Supreme Court when it turned a blind eye to a violation of unambiguous election regulations. Our other Senator, the rich but ineffectual Jon Corzine, has decided that what he really wants to do is be the governor, and he has enlisted Cadaverous Frank as the Chairman of his campaign, effectively leaving New Jersey with no representation in the Senate between now and November.
Our former governor [McGreevey] resigned in disgrace after numerous scandals, the topper being his appointment of his supremely unqualified boyfriend to be in charge of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security. Within the last few weeks, eleven politicians and government officials were arrested by the FBI for extortion and bribery, while the New Jersey Attorney General’s contribution to rectifying the state’s horrible mess was to swoop down on Blockbuster for deceptive advertising.
Despite all this, the majority of the voters continue to vote the same cruds into office, thereby proving beyond peradventure that it is possible to go through life with one’s head up one’s ass without suffocating.
As I strive to maintain a certain level of discourse in this blog, I leave to your imaginations what I have to say to the Honorable Senator Lautenberg.
Update: Claudia Rosett: The big question now is whether President Bush will understand the lesson of sending Bolton to Turtle Bay, and recognize the folly of trying to work in good faith through the UN