Bush Handed Brutal Bolton Defeat
by Matt Stoller, Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 05:19:17 PM EDT
Steve Clemons reports on Lincoln Chafee's stand against Bush's nominee on the Foreign Relations Committee. Had the Committee vote been held today, Chafee would have voted no on Bolton, making a loss pretty assured. This may change, but it's not looking good for Bush. I don't normally compliment Republicans, but Chafee did the right thing in standing for the United Nations and against the right-wing. Rhode Island should be proud of their Senator.
Let me reserve special enmity for Chuck Schumer, who was a very bad boy, irresponsibly conflating Israel's interests and the Bolton vote.
.Senator Schumer, on this issue, is the enemy inside the tent.
Several of the Democratic parties biggest supporters -- financial and organizational -- have called Schumer in the last few days to modify his support of Bolton, and yes -- he is actively supporting Bolton. One of these mega-funders reported back after a disappointing encounter with Schumer that the conversation would save him "a lot of money" in donations the next year (i.e., Schumer was now in the dog house).
I'll have more on the signifance of this victory. It's a big deal.