Considering what I've heard about this Bolton character, I know I wouldn't hire him to do the night shift at a Walgreens, much less hire him as ambassador to the UN.
Colin Powell is saying he'd make an "abyssmal ambassador," which is not only among the cooler alliterative phrases I can think of, but is also probably true, seeing as how the man has more mood swings than a bipolar, pregnant meth head.
Voinovich has the balls to stand up and say that he has reservations appointing someone who has been described by his coworkers as "a madman" (read: not a people person). And for this, he is called a "traitor" to the Republican party rather than its saving grace.
But the fact of the matter remains that unless another Kerik can be pulled on this Bolton guy, he will get appointed to the UN and get to act, as Randi Rhodes so aptly said, "like an international butthead." Which means that once again we will be putting a bull in the global china shop. Why would the Bush administration want this? To further the notion that the UN is anti-Bush, anti-Democracy and anti-America when they fail to support Bolton and his sure-to-be assinine ideas once he is appointed. Rove and his buddies are working to discredit every institution they dislike, starting with the courts, the ACLU and the National Education Association and ending with the UN. They are painting each of these organizations as "activist" groups, out of touch with America's real needs.
But on the bright side, if we CAN get this guy to crack, like we got Kerik to crack, we can delay this process a little longer. There's a flip side to this, too, though, since every time someone is blocked in that way, it is spinned as "obstructionism" and further discredits Democrats as party politicians. However, I think it is probably worth it . . . if we have to be seen as obstructionists in order to save the filibuster, the judicial system, the UN and, by extension, our position in the world, I guess we'll have to be seen as obstructionists.
It's all semantics, which is a game we need to learn how to play. Last night on the Daily Show, there was an interview with Frank Luntz, that disgusting man who does all of the Bush propoganda, from "Clear Skies" to "Estate Tax." Samantha Bee asked him to spin a list of phrases into favorable language (from this site):
BEE (to Luntz): I'm going to read you some words. Help me warm these up a bit.
BEE: Drilling for oil.
LUNTZ: I would say: "Responsible Exploration for Energy."
LUNTZ: I would say: "Healthy Forests."
LUNTZ: Explanation and education.
Explanation and education. Right.