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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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Friday, May 27, 2005

Democrats Hold the Line: Forward Movement of Advancing Bolton Nomination Halted Posted by Hello
Praise be! Good morning to all of the faithful aboard the blog on this glorious day. What am I so excited about? Well, just in case you haven't heard the good news, here it goes: the John Bolton for U.N. ambassador nomination has been halted in the U.S. Senate...the Democratic grand strategy of of attrition in this political war is taking hold! Those wonderful Senators (vast majority being Democrats) have shown (once again) that we still have a whole lot of juice and with a little more effort, we can slam dunk this guy for all time! In fact, the 'Washington Post' is reporting yesterday's events this way (www.washingtonpost.com, dated 26 May 2005):

"The vote marked another setback for the troubled nomination that has become a test of President Bush's political clout in his second term".

First, I must say kudos and "huzzah" to the Senate Democrats, especially to Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) being one of them (Sen. Obama has come "out of the blocks" representing in an honorable fashion since jump street, http://obama.senate.gov/). By doing what they did, those Senate Democrats had the guts, temerity and fortitude to throw a tremendous monkey-wrench into the GOP works (not to mention putting a significant dent in the current Administration's enormous ego...mandate my foot) and muck-up the conservative neocons misguided fantasy dreams of seeing this guy positioned as our next ambassador to the United Nations. Be advised, this stunning event in NO WAY guarantees the Bolton nomination will be defeated (although, as Republican support in the Seante begins to dwindle for this clown, i.e., GOP Sen. Thune of South Dakota today stating that he will no longer supprt the Bolton nomination, http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail2817.cfm?Id=0,40003, it's looking more and more like the Bolton nomiantion is on some form of life-support) yesterday's action on part of Senate Democrats was still outstanding and inspiring in every way. In summation, I am so happy to hear the news this morning that it's looking more and more like John R. Bolton, the President's uber-flawed nominee for the position of U.N. ambassador, may be on his way out the door. Of course, the real momentum for these turn of event is precipitated on Senator George Voinovich's (R-OH) stellar performance about a month ago (a modern day "profile of courage", if you ask me, http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/news/state/11455292.htm) vis a vis shutting down the voting process and putting the brakes on Bolton so Voinovich and his staff could do some more "research" on the nominee ("research" is a code word that meant Voinovich wanted to dig into whether or not Bolton is really the major league a**hole that everybody is saying he is...trust me, he is!). In fact, Senator Voinovich is quoted as saying the following concerning the Bolton nomination: "...People are discounting the fact that I say that interpersonal skills and the way one treats their fellow man is important. But it is important. It's important that you know how to get along with other people and that you treat people with dignity and respect...". Senator Voinovich's actions, in conjunction with the White House circling the wagons "all panicky and herky-jerk" (just like they did with the doomed nominations of Linda Chavez and Bernard Kerik) were already key indicators that Bolton 's nomiantion was "wobbly", at best. Of course, all of this (along with former Secretary of State General Colin Powell's damning input a few weeks ago, http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3147352) certainly does not help Bolton's case. With all of this weight bearing down, it's really starting to look as though Bolton's nomination has been gutted and neutralized. What's so fascinating about Colin Powell is that BEFORE he joined the Bush Administration in 2001, his favorability ratings (in terms of the American people's perception) were stratospheric, I'm talking golden (http://www.jointcenter.org/2000_election/2000_NOP.pdf). Of course, some of that gold was tarnished DURING/AFTER his tenure in Bush's jacked-up cabinet as Secretary of State due to the fantastical, magical thinking-like and downright crazy twists/turns the Bush Adminstration put the poor man through, i.e., placing Powell as the front-man for Bush's calamity of a Middle Eastern foreign policy, as well as being paraded before the U.N. (with George Tenet and John Negroponte in tow) to convince the world that war against Iraq was justified, etc. Yet, upon Powell's wise decision to leave the "insane-clown posse" that is the Bush Administration and return to civilian life (and to his Volvos and baseball), Powell's star, popularity and respect level are back on the rise (http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=935). It seems as though the American people understand that Powell (who is usually soaring with the eagles) was, unfortunately at the time, dealing with a bunch of GOP/neocon turkeys; the American people seem to sympathize with Powell and his plight and understand he was at odds with the madness of the White House from the very beginning and, more times than not, was up against the wall and in the proverbial "doghouse". In short, this is why I believe Powell's comments and opinions (in terms of Bolton's character and personality traits), as well as all the other variables that are battering Bolton about the head, neck and shoulders, have extreme gravitas, have resonated throughout the corridors of Congress and have ended up making a tremendous impact (even moreso than the President's input and political clout, in this case). Bolton's defeat will be an amazing victory, not only for the Democratic Party (again, in showing that we are still a vigorous, vibrant and vital political organization that still knows how to outflank our enemies and cut their legs out from under them)...way more important then that, it will be a victory for the American people who won't have a Wyatt Earp-looking, pompous, arrogant, GOP knuckle-dragging a**hat for a U.N. ambassador. The times we are living in cry out for tough diplomacy, to be sure. But, these times also cry out for diplomacy that is also compassionate and sensitive (especially culturally-sensitive) and not the kind of brazen, roughshod and "a**hole-ish" diplomacy that Bolton oozes out of every orifice and pour of his being. Bottom line, the guy is a jerk...much like the guy that nominated him. But, you know what they say, birds of a feather flock together. Bye, bye Bolton, nothing personal, strictly professional; or, don't go away mad, just go away. Semper Fidelis


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