On Bolton and SchumerDems
by Matt Stoller, Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 03:48:34 PM EDT
I've been reading Bolton Watch for some time. Apparently, the Democrats have the votes or are very near the votes to stop Bolton on the floor in the form of a filibuster. The only way this could be derailed is if people who voted against Bolton last time that are now wavering wind up on Bolton's side. The three names that jump out at me are Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and Dianne Feinstein.
I have no idea why these people make us whip them every single time on obvious votes like this. It's really frustrating. I mean Bolton is a rogue element pushing us to ignore the UN in encouraging action against Iran. He's a genuinely crazy man who thinks that hateful wingnut blogging is the same thing as journalism, and he's a key figure in Cheney's nationalistic and paranoid designs.
The Path to 9/11 propaganda piece is designed to increase the power of figures like this at the expense of real diplomacy. The hearings for Bolton are this week. Why these Democratic figures aren't publicly against Bolton - even though they opposed him a year ago - is just maddening.
I mean I know that Democrats need to hear from the public once in a while, but every single time? Can't these leaders realize that a massive outcry about the direction of US foreign policy less than a year ago wasn't fake?
Arghh. Anyway, consider this preemptive kudos to any of these figures who come out against Bolton.
Update: Chris Dodd has rocked this fight. I particularly liked this line:
"My objection isn't that he's a bully," said Dodd, D-Conn., when Bolton appeared before the committee recently, "but that he's been an ineffective bully and can't win the day when it really counts.