Snowe and Collins on Bolton
The BDN says our Senators have a dilemma before them in deciding whether or not to vote for rabid isolationist John Bolton if his nomination goes to the Senate floor for a vote.
Mr. Bolton is famous for having declared that if the U.N. Secretariat building in New York "lost 10 stories it wouldn't make a bit of difference." He also once told National Public Radio that the U.N. Security Council would need only one permanent member, the United States, "because that's the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world."
You can watch the video of Bolton making those and other statements here via Citizens for Global Solutions. You really have to see the anger in his face as he bangs his pointed finger into the table while yelling about the evils of multilateralism before you can truly understand how bad a candidate he is.
Other factors may influence the moderates' votes on the Bolton question. They face other issues including Mr. Bush's controversial effort to change Social Security, his determination to put a group of conservative judges on the appellate court bench, a likely move to kill or curtail the filibuster rule and the possibility of vacancies on the Supreme Court.
If they go along with their party on the Bolton confirmation, they may be conserving their ammunition for future disputes they consider more important.
I wish I had a Senator who didn't have to choose between voting against someone like Bolton, stopping terrible judicial appointments, and saving Social Security. I wish I had a Senator who could do all three.
If you think Snowe and Collins couldn't possibly vote for a man like Bolton, then you weren't paying attention to the Gonzales nomination.
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