Thursday, May 12, 2005

Voinovich Opposes Bolton...Just Not Today

Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) deeply criticized John Bolton, President Bush's nominee to be the next UN ambassador. But, in the end, Voinovich said he would vote to allow the nomination out of committee and give Bolton an up-or-down vote in the full senate.

Still, Voinovich said that "he hoped the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 55-45 majority, would reject the nomination."

Assuming Bolton makes it out of committee, will Voinovich be able to get 6 other Republicans to also vote against the nominee? This matter doesn't seem over by a long shot. It's great to see a centrist Senator actually standing up and speaking out. But it would have been an even braver move to vote against Bolton now and not wait until the nominee made it to the Senate floor.

For continuing coverage on this matter, we highly recommend Charging RINO who has had great coverage of Bolton from the get-go.

UPDATE: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has voted to send Bolton's nomination to the full Senate. But, because of Voinovich's objections, the committee sent the nomination on with no recommendation. That's pretty big slap-in-the-face to President Bush. Frist may have to delay the vote to let tensions cool.


At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Zappster said...

I don't claim expertise on this one, but if you try hard to see through the smoke, it appears the main objection to Bolton is that he isn't playing games, and he is pro-Israeli [mainly the latter]. I'm not Jewish, by the way, but I am aware that just over the pond in Europe, anti-Semitism isn't just alive and well, but at all-time high.


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