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Monday, August 01, 2005

Democraps Whine About Bolton Appointment



Reaction to President Bush's recess appointment of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations: "The abuse of power and the cloak of secrecy from the White House continues. ... It's a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent and only further darkens the cloud over Mr. Bolton's credibility at the U.N." - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. ---
"The president has the right to make this recess appointment, but it's the wrong decision. It only diminishes John Bolton's validity and leverage to secure America's goals at the U.N. John Bolton has been rejected twice by the Senate to serve as our Ambassador to the United Nations. This is not the way to fill our most important diplomatic jobs." - Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
"At a time when we need to reassert our diplomatic power in the world, President Bush has decided to send a seriously flawed and weakened candidate to the United Nations. It's an unnecessary result, and the latest abuse of power by the Bush White House. ... Bolton arrives at the United Nations with a cloud hanging over his head." - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
"The president did the right thing by sending Mr. Bolton to the U.N. He is a smart, principled and straightforward candidate, and will represent the president and America well on the world stage." - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
"We look forward to working with him as I do with the other 190 ambassadors and we will welcome him at a time when we are in the midst of major reform. I think it is the president's prerogative, and the president has decided to appoint him through this process." - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan
"Let's not prejudge his behavior. Let's wait for how he comes and what he says here. ... The tendency here at the United Nations is for us to work together. So I hope that this general tendency will prevail." - Brazil's U.N. Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg
"The president has taken an action that is fully within his authority, is in concert with a clear majority of the Senate, and is in the interest of achieving constructive reform of the United Nations." - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar, R-Ind.
"I am truly concerned that a recess appointment will only add to John Bolton's baggage and his lack of credibility with the United Nations. That said, the president has made this decision, and I will do everything in my power to support Mr. Bolton as he takes this new position." - Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio
"John Bolton has placed his faith in a unilateral, go-it-alone foreign policy that has stretched our military thin, and I believe his inability to be an effective and constructive ambassador could produce dire consequences for American foreign policy." -Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
"I accept and understand why the president had to do this. I think it's unfortunate that he had to use this option because John Bolton was denied the fairness of an up-or-down vote. I think John Bolton is well qualified. He is principled. And he will advocate for the U.S. taxpayers." - Sen. George Allen, R-Va.
"Making this recess appointment is certainly the president's right, but it is not right for America. Appointing John Bolton to the United Nations sends a terrible message to our intelligence professionals. It is the wrong signal for our intelligence reform efforts." - Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.
"John Bolton is the wrong person for the job and the decision to appoint him today will not serve American foreign policy well at all. ... His history of inflammatory statements about the U.N. will also make it difficult for him to effectively advance U.S. security interests in New York and bring about necessary reforms to that institution." - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
"He is exactly the wrong person to send to the United Nations at a time when we are trying to rebuild our credibility around the world. ... I now fear that we have lost an important opportunity to help re-establish the United States' global role as a moral and responsible leader." - Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
"It's sad that even while the president preaches democracy around the world, he bends the rules and circumvents the will of Congress in appointing our representative to the United Nations." - Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.


  • At 9:53 PM, Blogger Ben said…

    If the dems want to appoint these people they need to figure out how to win elections LEGALLY again ;)

  • At 3:12 AM, Blogger RightWingRocker said…

    Poor whining crybabies.

    Sorry, Frankie. You weren't your party's legitimate candidate and your will means nothing to New Jerseyans who understand the Constitution, the law, and your real motivations for saying what you say.

    You go, W. Keep those commies out of our way!


  • At 4:50 PM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    RWR, I didn't know you felt this strongly about Lautenberg. Suprised Corzine didn't chime in as much....


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