Democrats Winning Bolton Confrontation
Another vote for cloture and another setback for the John Bolton UN ambassadorship nomination. After some great and detailed live blogging of the evenings cloture debate, Charging RINO covers the media’s immediate reactions and offers some thoughts of his own.
This is clearly a filibuster and it’s apparent it will remain a filibuster unless the White House turns over the documents concerning alleged improprieties committed by Bolton. Or, the White House can appoint Bolton through a recess appointment over the Fourth of July weekend. Question is, why won’t the White House release the documents? From all reports it doesn’t sound like they contain anything more damning than what we already know.
So, is the Bush administration just playing a game of hardball or is there something condemning in the documents? If the documents aren’t anything special, then which is worse for the White House, to use the recess appointment and pretty much admit defeat or bow down to the Democrats and release the documents and appear weak that way?
The White House and the Republicans in the Senate have been outplayed on this one. They probably should have released the documents quickly and without comment. By standing their ground, the Democrats have run them over. But the Democrats are walking a thin line here. By brining up the documents in the 11th hour, the Dems can reasonably be accused of reneging on their original promise not to filibuster Bolton.
Once again, both sides have done more to exasperate the issue than resolve it.