Thursday, November 09, 2006

Bolton Nomination Dead in the Water

One day after the complete Democratic victory, and things are changing dramatically. Rumsfeld is gone, and Bolton's chances of being appointed as Ambassador to the U.N. are practically nil :

John Bolton's troubled nomination as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is "going nowhere," a key Democratic senator said on Wednesday after Democrats scored big in mid-term elections.

Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, who is expected to chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee if Democratic control of the U.S. Senate is formally confirmed, told reporters:

"I never saw a real enthusiasm (for Bolton's nomination) on the Republican side to begin with. There's none on our side. And I think John Bolton's going nowhere."

This is only a good thing. Bolton is a Cheney hack and short-circuiting Cheney's influence on American foreign policy should be a number one goal of the new Democratic Congress.

Update I: First Rumsfeld, then Cambone. He will reportedly resign from his post as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. And just like that, another cog in the Cheney-Rumsfeld machine is gone.

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