The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Bolton vote delayed

This is excellent news, and I've been waiting for it all afternoon. As with DeLay, the longer Bolton has to wait on a confirmation vote, the more ugly information comes to light. At the very least, he's a committed ideologue and isolationist with a violent streak.

And in spite of a White House effort to keep Republican senators in line, it looks like some of them are having an attack of conscience (Voinovich and Hagel, specifically). And it's past time. Is it too much to ask that we have a UN ambassador who isn't on the record as opposing the very notion of a United Nations?

From C-Span's homepage:

"The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Richard Lugar (R-IN), held a business meeting to discuss John Bolton's nomination as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In place of today's expected vote, another business meeting will convene after the April recess, to review information and hold a vote."

My prediction is that this sinks Bolton-- the far right wouldn't have been pushing so hard for an immediate vote if they were confident with their choice. This means more time to uncover his dark side, and more time for his bizarre background to become common knowledge. Or at least it will if the mainstream press doesn't just drop it immediately...

UPDATE: I mistakenly included Dick Lugar on the list of GOP senators who were having second thoughts about Bolton. Apparently he was trying to force the vote. And Rhose Island senator Chafee, after hinting that he wasn't thrilled with Bolton, caved in to the party line. 'Matt Sandwich regrets the error.'