Senator George Voinovich penned a Washington Post editorial in which he reversed his original position on John Bolton and announced he will in fact support Bolton’s confirmation as UN Ambassador at his confirmation hearing on July 27th:
Ambassador Bolton’s appointment expires this fall when the Senate officially recesses. Should the president choose to renominate him, I cannot imagine a worse message to send to the terrorists — and to other nations deciding whether to engage in this effort — than to drag out a possible renomination process or even replace the person our president has entrusted to lead our nation at the United Nations at a time when we are working on these historic objectives.
The Democrats don’t seem to care what message they send to the terrorists because they plan on fighting tooth and nail to block Ambassador Bolton’s confirmation as UN Ambassador:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut on Sunday promised a bruising fight in the U.S. Senate against confirming John Bolton to be the country’s ambassador to the United Nations.
President George W. Bush bypassed the Senate and installed Bolton into the position last year when lawmakers were on recess.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee scheduled a confirmation hearing on Bolton for Thursday after Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich, who previously opposed the nomination, expressed support for Bolton.
“This is going to be a bruising fight,” Dodd said on CNN’s “Late Edition” program. “I’m sorry the administration wants to go forward with this.”
He argued that problems Democrats had raised last year were not resolved. They blocked the nomination amid accusations Bolton in his previous job as the top U.S. diplomat for arms control had bullied intelligence analysts.
“The problems still persist. Many ambassadors at the U.N. feel he hasn’t done a good job there,” said Dodd, who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee. “It’s polarized the situation.”
Bolton’s appointment expires in January when the current congressional session formally ends. While Bush could reappoint him, he would not be paid.
As we navigate our way through the problems in the Middle East and North Korea, we need John Bolton, a man with backbone, in the UN to stand up for America’s interests.
Update: Greg at Outside the Beltway sees the Dems losing on this one too: “Is it just me, or do the Democrats get spanked every time they promise a tough confirmation battle?” No, Greg, it’s not you.