Just when he goes out to stump for Bolton and declare that opposition to him is all political, his own, Republican, former Secretary of State is revealed as lobbying against Bolton's nomination.
"But associates of Colin L. Powell, the former secretary of state, said he had expressed reservations about Mr. Bolton in conversations with at least two wavering Republican senators.
The associates said Mr. Powell, in private telephone conversations, had made clear his concerns about Mr. Bolton on several fronts, including his harsh treatment of subordinates."
According to article, Powell would not go public with criticism himself, but notably did not deny that he had spoken to two Republican Senators about his problems with Bolton. Which pretty much IS a public confirmation of the gist of the article.
Powell is still publicly viewed as moderate despite his massive and indefensible screw-up in declaring that non-existent WMDs existed. If the public becomes aware that he opposes the nomination, it could well make the nomination - which is already in trouble - crumble like a cookie being hit with a sledge hammer.