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Friday, May 27, 2005

Senate votes to delay Bolton nomination

Senate votes to delay Bolton nomination - Yahoo! News



So here's the deal. Thursday night the Senate voted to delay the Bolton confirmation vote until after the holiday. This was a decent win for the Democrats who have their backs to the wall with this issue. The reason for the delay in the vote is that the Democrats want some documents from the White House that the White House is refusing.

The vote was 56-42, which is 4 short of the 60 that the Republicans needed to stop the debate and go ahead with the confirmation vote.

A couple things that we must remember about this news.

1.) THIS IS NOT A FILIBUSTER
The Republicans will do anything they can to make this seem like a Filibuster, which would make people think the deal was broken by the Democrats. The Dems aren't trying to stop the vote at all costs, they are trying to wait until they get the information they have requested.

2.) A FILIBUSTER ON BOLTON WOULD NOT BREAK THE DEAL
Even if the Democrats in the Senate would filibuster the Bolton vote it wouldn't break the deal struck earlier this week. The deal earlier this week was for judge confirmations, Bolton was appointed for the UN. But, the White House is once again counting on the public's low IQ to confuse the issue. Here's a quote from White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan:
"Just 72 hours after all the goodwill and bipartisanship, it is a shame to see the Democratic Senate leadership resort back to such a partisan approach."

3.) SOMEONE VOTING AGAINST THEIR OWN PRESIDENT ON AN ISSUE IS NOT A TRAITOR
All the Republicans are upset that Ohio Senator George Voinovich will not vote for Bolton. Well, as far as I can remember the point of a representative democracy is that the individual senators get to choose how to vote on issues. If I'm incorrect about this we can just go ahead and do away with the senate and let Bush do what he wants, apparently that's what the Republicans want anyway.

4.) President Bush COULD make a recess appointment over the weekend.
This would render Bolton ambassador to the UN immediately until the end of the second senate session this year. This frequently occurs, in the past presidents have made a large number of recess appointments over weekends and holidays. But, with all the media this issue is attracting, President Bush would have to be pretty ballsy to go ahead and appoint him without the senate's approval. It would make him seem even more imperialistic to the rest of the world, it is not something that is going to happen, in my opinion.