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Friday, May 27, 2005

Bolton is discouraging

I was hopeful that the "deal" would mkae filibusters passe. Instead, the Bolton filibuster shows that the cynical response to the "deal" maybe be more wise. Of course the media is trying to portray the Bolton filibuster as a delay....

Democrats forced the delay in part because they claim that the White House has stonewalled on information that might prove damaging to Bolton, whose brusque style Democrats said would be ill-suited to U.N. diplomacy....The procedural vote to advance Bolton's nomination to a confirmation vote was 56-42, four short of the 60 votes that Bolton's Republican backers needed.

Lets get real. Democrats refused to vote for cloture , which is a filibuster.

There are some media talking heads that point to low approval of Congress as a similar fact to 1994 when the Republicans were swept into power. However, in 1994 Republicans had ideas which were not based only on blocking the Democrat agenda. In 2005, Democrats have no ideas but blocking and filibustering (and preserving abortion).

Blogger festivus said...

I think that ultimately, Bolton will be approved. I see the Dems filibuster of judges very differently than that of Bolton. The former was an attempt to prevent those judges from being voted on at all. The latter is a delay tactic to see what new negative evidence comes to light. They know that the longer they wait, the more likely it is that something will come forward that might be used to turn another Republican or two. I expect that this delay will not go on for much longer, and that Bolton will be confirmed.

That said, I don't like the Dems tactics in either case, but the continuation of debate on Bolton does not offend me as much as it did on the judges.

8:43 AM, May 27, 2005  

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