The Beatification of John Bolton

Ok, look, I can understand why there are those who support Bolton’s nomination, or who might be frustrated at the lack of an up or down vote. However, my basic argument remains: his lack of confirmation is moot, and ultimately not that important, so why get so worked up about it?

In scanning some of the Blogospheric reactions to the situation, I came across the following at Atlas Shrugs which well-illustrates the absurdity to which this “debate” has reached:

My thoughts on Bolton. It is by the grace of Gd that a man of Bolton’s character and caliber has not walked away from the miasma of mediocrity, the slings and arrows of the “looters and moochers” who aren’t fit to wipe his boots. “The hatred of the good for being good.”

He stays and fights the great fight. Unbelievable. Another indication that there is a Gd. And that the men that Ayn Rand wrote of really do exist. Bolton is one of those men.

Some perspective: the man is up for UN Ambassador, not Pope.

This kind of reaction to a public servant, any public servant always creates a bit a conflict in my mind: part of me wants to laugh and part of me wants to be very concerned that this kind of devotion exists for some distant member of the government.

And a side note: I think that Ayn Rand wouldn’t appreciate the references to God alongside references to her and her beliefs, even if the “o” is removed.

But in all seriousness: we desperately need some perspective on this issue (amongst many others…).

[Cross-posted at PoliBlog]

h/t: for the Atlas Shrugs link goes to Wake up America

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Anderson says:

    “That has to be a parody,” I thought. But it seems not.

    Apparently, she’s some sort of quasi-libertarian elf.

  2. My initial reaction was “parody” as well, but alas, I think not.

  3. Christopher says:

    Wow, Steven. Someone like Bolton with sense and commitment to principal comes along in politics, something that is rare in the political world, and you don’t understand how someone can get excited about that? Wow what’s it gonna take to move your soul a little bit!

    If the republicans can get back to what this country has been moving towards-conservatism-then they can easily regain power in 2 years.

  4. Matt S says:

    Man- Atlas Shrugs is no parody. That woman is a goldmine for unintentional humor. I particularly enjoyed the “Death to Germany” post she put up recently. Classic.

    And Steve’s point that Ayn Rand and God is spot on: you’d think if you’d decide to name your entire blog after one of her books you’d at least avoid such mistakes.

  5. madmatt says:

    Hey it was a rethug that caused the problem in the first place…blame chafee not the dems…and maybe blame bush for picking such an ass!

  6. lyssa says:

    “…the men that Ayn Rand wrote of really do exist. Bolton is one of those men.”

    The hero of the novel is a rapist…

  7. Christopher says:

    lyssa: the hereo is a rapist?!? What are you talkng about? That is so untrue!

  8. Phil Smith says:

    Lyssa’s confusing Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

  9. floyd says:

    if john bolton is rejected , then reinstate alan keyes! he is smarter than anyone else in the U.N. building, and has a thorough understanding the politics involved, with the right perspective.

  10. Christopher says:

    “Lyssa’s confusing Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.”

    What are YOU talking about??? Have you even read either book?