Well, at Least He Spelled My Name Correctly…
Via Stop The ACLU on the Bolton business:
Steven Taylor thinks we should recognize the Democrat majority and bow down to what they think instead of fighting for what we believe is right. He thinks it is all about partisan point scoring. I think that is insulting to those of us that support Bolton from our convictions. The world seems to be in an appeasing mood lately and we need someone like Bolton to counteract this.
For what it is worth, I opposed the recess appointment in the first place, so I am being consistent. I didn’t see this as “the” fight that many seem to think it was then, and I don’t see it as such now.
Given that most of the time no one gives a wet slap who the Ambassador to the UN is, it is impossible to ignore that a substantial part of this fight is very much about partisan point-scoring. Especially when one considers that the Right (who currently sees Bolton as vitally important to the war on terror) normally considers the UN to be worthless and would likely freak out if the UN actually was empowered. As such, I just don’t get Boltonmania.
Further, and perhaps at the core of this for me, I am a pragmatist. A snowball has a better chance in Hell than Bolton does of being confirmed. The facts are clear: the current Senate, which goes out of existence in six weeks, couldn’t get him confirmed when the Reps were in far better shape than they are now, so there is no way they can get him confirmed now. Further, once the 110th is sworn in the Democrats are in the majority.
What, then, is the point of this fight?
Additionally, even were he confirmed, he would serve a max of roughly two years. We aren’t talking a vital lifetime appointment.
As such I see all of this as a combination of not recognizing political reality and inflating the significance of both the man and the office. As such, it is all much sound and fury signifying, well, nada.
[Cross-posted at PoliBlog]