Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Bolton vote postponed

As the hearings unexpectedly take a turn toward relevance.

Unexpected cracks in Republican support threw into limbo President Bush's high-profile nomination of John R. Bolton to be the country's representative at the United Nations.

The postponement Tuesday of a Senate committee vote on Bolton was a political defeat for Bush at least in the short term and opened the possibility that the nomination could fall....

Among the new allegations were those of a Dallas businesswoman who said Bolton grew irrationally angry over a business dispute, chased her through a hotel and threw things at her at an international conference a decade ago. Bolton was "genuinely behaving like a madman," Melody Townsel, a former U.S. Agency for International Development worker, wrote in a letter to the committee read aloud at Tuesday's hearing by Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.

Looks like there are enough sane people in the committee who think that allegations of insanity are actually important enough to investigate.

At the White House, press secretary Scott McClellan called allegations of abusive personal behavior unfounded. the hell would you know, Scottie? You were staying at the hotel at the time?

"I am NOT the Walrus!"

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