Voinovich Does It Again

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee sent John Bolton’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to the full Senate without an endorsement after Ohio’s RINO Senator Voinovich again sandbagged Bolton and President Bush and announced he would not support the nomination:

"It is my opinion that John Bolton is the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be."

While embarrassing, the lack of an endorsement from the committee should not prove fatal because Republicans hold a 55-44 majority in the Senate:

According to the New York Times, "Voinovich said he was convinced that a vote for Mr. Bolton, whose detractors have described him as a head-strong bully, would send exactly the wrong signal to the thousands of Americans working in the State Department in the United States and abroad."

I couldn't disagree with Senator Voinovich more. Voinovich has it exactly wrong. As Chairman Lugar said:

"The picture is one of an aggressive policy-maker who pressed his missions at every opportunity and argued vociferously for his point of view.

That is precisely the kind of a leader we need in the United Nations, not some Casper Milquetoast. That fact that Bolton's bluntness alienates some is to Bolton's credit, not disqualifying.

Posted by Dan Spencer at May 12, 2005 4:27 PM