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Bolton Vote Postponed

With many fights going on worth fighting over -- Bolton, Delay, the Filibuster -- Senate democrats deserve credit for holding together strongly against the Bolton nomination. A postponement of the vote is a good thing. Republicans had tried to rush through a vote trying to cut off any new evidence of him being "imperious or worse."

From AP News:

"John Bolton's nomination as U.N. ambassador suffered an unexpected setback Tuesday when the Republican-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee scrapped plans for a vote in favor of a fresh look at allegations of unbecoming conduct.

No date was set for a vote, but a delay of at least two weeks seems likely while the committee looks into fresh allegations, including those of a Dallas businesswoman who says Bolton berated her at an international conference a decade ago.

Some Democrats also bluntly questioned Bolton's veracity.

The decision to postpone a vote closed a rancorous session in which Republicans first sought to push Bolton through the Foreign Relations Committee and Democrats resisted.

But Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and George Voinovich of Ohio, both expressed reservations about a quick vote — as did a solid phalanx of Democrats.
Bolton is a harsh critic of the United Nations bureaucracy and thus was a provocative choice to be the administration's representative to the world body.
That was enough to generate some Democratic opposition, and his troubles were compounded by allegations about his temperament and his ways of dealing with subordinates.

Democrats on the committee said they were continuing to receive fresh allegations of Bolton behavior that was imperious or worse. "
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