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Thursday, May 12, 2005
You dropped a bomb on me
I managed to miss the bombshell moment in this morning's Senate foreign relations committee (damn that gym membership!), when Ohio Senator George Voinovich ripped John Bolton a new one, calling him "the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be" and saying his abuse of co-workers would have gotten him fired if he was working at a private business. Some highlights:

WASHINGTON - A key Republican senator on Thursday questioned John Bolton's qualifications to be President Bush's U.N. ambassador, citing "serious deficiencies."


Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, who had earlier stunned Republican peers by saying he wanted to review allegations against Bolton, portrayed Bolton as “arrogant” and “bullying.” The senator said that while he would vote against the nomination in committee, he supported sending it to the full Senate for a vote.

“John Bolton is the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be,” Voinovich said, adding that Bolton would be fired if he was in private business.


“That being said, Mr. Chairman, I am not so arrogant to think that I should impose my judgment and perspective of the U.S. position in the world community on the rest of my colleagues,” he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “We owe it to the president to give Mr. Bolton an up or down vote on the floor.”

While Voinovich made it clear he wouldn't stand in the way of a floor vote, he was clearly sending a message to his mushier GOP colleaugues.

“After hours of deliberation, telephone calls, personal conversations, reading hundreds of pages of transcripts, and asking for guidance from Above, I have
come to the determination that the United States can do better than John Bolton,” Voinovich said.


He said he hoped the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 55-45 majority, would reject the nomination.


“What message are we sending to the world community?” Voinovich asked.


WaPo focuses on the deeper meaning of the Bolton agonistes.

While Newsweek serves Bolton a late hit on his signature issue: nuclear proliferation.
posted by JReid @ 12:36 PM  
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