Monday, June 20, 2005

Bolton blocked again, but Bush might pull a fast-one to push him through

Democrats have again blocked Bolton's nomination to the U.N. in a vote that was just six short of going to a final vote.

The White House has continually refused to hand over documents that they have requested, some of which are classified, in order to evaluate whether Bolton is the man for the job.

Bush has stated that, “I think it’s time for the Senate to give him an up-or-down vote. Now.” He has not said if he will circumvent the Senate and appoint Bolton, but he has not ruled it out either.

Given Bush's child-like determination to get his way, and his complete disregard for the due process and the Democrat Minority, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he decides to pull a fast-one and make Bolton a temporary appointment to the U.N., regardless of the concerns in the Legislative Branch.

Senate Democrats Block Bolton Confirmation
By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats blocked John Bolton's confirmation as U.N. ambassador for the second time Monday and President Bush left open the possibility of bypassing lawmakers and appointing the tough-talking former State Department official on his own.

The vote was 54-38, six shy of the total needed to force a final vote on Bolton, and represented an erosion in support from last month's failed Republican effort. Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), who voted in May to advance the nomination, switched positions and urged Bush to consider another candidate, while only three Democrats crossed party lines.

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