Thoughts of an American Centrist

Thursday, May 12, 2005

On to the Full Senate!

Talk about a squeaker!

Senator Voinovich tried to please everyone and ended up pleasing no one by vehemently refusing to recommend Bolton's nomination, BUT still agreeing to let the "embattled nominee" (journalistic descriptor of the day) through to the Full Senate floor.

What was Voinovich trying to accomplish?
That's my chief question. If I'm to give him the benefit of the doubt, I would have to say that he forged a compromise to his own internal struggle between his obvious revulsion towards Bolton and fealty to his Party's President. I don't think he was too too worried about his reelection chances. The next time his name comes up, Bush will be out of office and no one but us political junkies will remember the Bolton fight. Another possibility is that our good Senator from Ohio was offered a juicy piece of something to get him to at least pass the name along. However, until I'm convinced otherwise, I will continue to assume the best about this very respectable Senator.

Bill Frist to George Voinovich: Thanks for Nothing
As if Bill Frist didn't have enough to worry about getting votes for judges who had gotten their committee's recommendation, he is faced with a much less defensible candidate to ram through. How much ammo did Voinovich just hand filibuster-trigger happy Democrats by pronouncing

"This United States can do better than John Bolton... John Bolton is the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be"

Wow.

If they can't flip 6 Republicans, you'd think the Democrats almost have to filibuster this guy! How can they defend the filibuster of judges if they don't do it to a guy who's own party comrades have been tearing apart.

I'm guessing that's not the direction that Harry Reid is going in, however. George V left some wiggle room about his vote in the Full Senate, indicating that he was unwilling to let his opinion keep Bolton off the floor. He said nothing about how he'll vote when the nomination comes up fom approval. I'm sure Reid has some juicy targets that he's looking to pick off and put in the "no" column.

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