Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The Bolton subtext?

The White House accused Senate Democrats on Wednesday of trumping up "unsubstantiated accusations" against John Bolton in a bid to derail his nomination to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

In a setback to President Bush, Republicans on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday were forced to delay a vote on the nomination to examine new allegations against Bolton of abusive conduct.

"I think what you have are Democratic members of the committee who continue to bring up unsubstantiated accusations. These allegations are unfounded," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

The Clinton White House, interested in getting things done, walked away from unimportant (and some important) fights. The Bush White House never, ever cedes an inch. THey will pull out all the stops to bring this one to the floor. Maybe this is the reason:

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada has said Democrats were considering filibustering the nomination, which would require a 60-vote majority nearly impossible to attain in the divided chamber.

We know the shortsighted Republicans are itching to trigger the nukular option. Maybe they think this is a better place to make their stand than a judicial nomination. Maybe they would dearly love to see the Democrats use up their bullets on an essentially meaningless (to the Republicans) vote.


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