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Monday, December 04, 2006

Bolton Resigns

One of the first, after Rumsfeld, casualities of the “new direction the Democrats are taking us in.

The White House resubmitted Bolton’s nomination last month. But with Democrats capturing control of the next Congress, his chances of winning confirmation appeared slight. The incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democratic Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, said he saw “no point in considering Mr. Bolton’s nomination again.”

While Bush could not give Bolton another recess appointment, the White House was believed to be exploring other ways of keeping him in the job, perhaps by giving him a title other than ambassador. But Bolton informed the White House he intended to leave when his current appointment expires, White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said.

Bush planned to meet with Bolton and his wife later Monday in the Oval Office.

As late as last month, Bush, through his top aides, said he would not relent in his defense of Bolton, despite unwavering opposition from Democrats who view Bolton as too combative for international diplomacy.

This is a great loss for the U.S. I’m sure the appeasers and criminals at the U.N. are celebrating.

Hot Air has video.

Michelle Malkin:

Very depressing news this Monday morning. We are losing a staunch, devoted defender of America’s interests at the U.N.

Reacting to the news, Eleanor Clift chuckled on Fox News that Bush is just “recognizing reality.”

If the White House thinks throwing in the towel and throwing Bolton overboard will appease the Dems or the U.N., it doesn’t know what reality is.

I don’t think this is a case of Bush appeasing to the Rats. It is depressing news, but it looks to me like Bolton saw the reality of not getting passed the Senate, avoided a bloody battle over it, and gracefully bowed out. He will go down in history as the best U.N. ambassador of our times in my book.

OTB:

It’s a shame that the use of extraordinary tactics by the minority in the Senate kept him from getting confirmed to begin with. With the new Congress coming in, Bolton wouldn’t win an up-or-down vote, obviating any previous rationale for bypassing the rules.

American Pundit has the important question about this news.

Who are we going to get instead? Some liberal? Perhaps someone who will just stand by and let whatever happens happen? I shudder to think.

MVRWC

This, in a word, sucks. It’s not as if he were likely to be confirmed, but…****it. Let’s just hope he’s replaced by someone equally tenacious in fighting for American interests at the cesspool of corruption and despotism that is the U.N.

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