And there, in a nutshell, is the damage already done by the filibuster jihad. If Frist and his wacky lackeys were not threatening to blow up the Senate, I doubt the Dems would be at such pains to express their reticence to deploy the tool. "Don't take away our guns, please, sir. We promise never, ever to use them...."
John Bolton, nominated as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, planned to seek the help of the CIA director to punish an intelligence officer who disagreed with him and later misled a Senate panel about the incident, Democratic senators said in a report on Wednesday.
The Foreign Relations Committee last week voted on party lines to advance Bolton's nomination to the full Senate without a recommendation -- an extremely rare move -- after Ohio Republican George Voinovich gave a blistering statement against Bolton.
Democrats have not decided whether to use the procedural roadblock known as a filibuster to block a Senate vote on Bolton's nomination, but several senators have said they doubted that tactic would be used.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Senate Democrats accuse Bolton of misleading them