Wednesday, April 27, 2005


What's on a president's mind?

When it's President George W. Bush (and using the word "mind" lightly, of course), it's politics, politics, politics.
Battle on Bolton Nomination Could Wound the President, Too

The White House is intensifying its campaign to rescue the nomination of John R. Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations, administration officials said on Tuesday, as Republicans close to the West Wing acknowledged that a rejection of Mr. Bolton would be politically damaging for President Bush.


Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised him on Monday at a briefing near the president's ranch in Texas before heading to Latin America, where she again praised Mr. Bolton on Tuesday. Ms. Rice's chief of staff, Brian Gunderson, who normally would be traveling with her, has remained behind in Washington to help shepherd Mr. Bolton's nomination through Congress.
Let's see...the U.S. Secretary of State is on an official trip to Latin America. Her top aid, who usually accompanies her on such important and delicate missions, is...home lobbying Congress over an appointment?

And the Republicans criticize the Democrats for turning everything into politics?
Republicans close to the administration also said that a powerful motive for the White House was simply showing strength and an unwillingness to back down, particularly after Colin L. Powell, the former secretary of state who often warred with the hawks, expressed private doubts to Republican senators last week about Mr. Bolton.

"It would mean that Colin Powell had influence to block someone," said a Republican close to the White House. "It's a troubling sign if the president can't get him confirmed."
Because, of course, we all know how much power and influence Colin Powell had in the Bush Administration before leaving. He controlled the entire debate over foreign policy and especially the decision to go to war. No, wait, that was Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

"Showing strength" and "an unwillingness to back down." Nothing about policy or the fact that John Bolton is hardly the right man to be ambassador to an organization he apparently ranks somewhere below the North American Man-Boy Love Association on his Christmas card list.

I wonder when Bill Frist will start calling critics of Bolton "enemies of God."
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