A man who may be uniquely ill-suited to serve in the position at the UN. Many on the left have been working to sway him into voting against this comical nomination. He has been on the fence, but keeps hinting that he favors voting for approval.
Prior to this morning, I didn't understand how he could still be on the fence. After his NPR interview and story this morning, I have a new view. He makes a very valid point, that Bolton will be working for and with Bush. He argues that Bush should be able to hire those who he wants working with him. He views the roll in these confirmations as making sure that Bolton is neither corrupt, or lacking in the needed education and background to do this job. On those points, I think Bolton does qualify.
The fact that Bolton is also a boorish, abusive, anti intellectual ideologue are not, by and of themselves, disqualifying.
I have to agree, and hate to say it. Bolton's selection was a bad practical joke in many ways, but within the purview of the President. Appointments at this level don't need to meet the same standard of quality and fairness that you want to see in judicial selections. When talking about positions within the administration, the President should be allowed more leeway to have the people he wants in the slots he wants.
Senator Chaffee, when you vote, vote your conscience, I do understand.
Chaffee is a true centrist moderate. A man who votes for what he thinks is right, not what his party wants. We need far more of these men and women in DC. I will not think much less of you for this vote. After all, at most Bolton will serve three years, and he is not much worse than Rice, Gonzalez, Negroponte and Rumsfeld.
and please remember the Affirmation Project, and read some of the contributions.