Bolton Nomination Stalled

The Republican attempt to confirm John Bolton as amabassador to the United Nations has failed. Last year they gave up when Senator George Voinovich opposed the nomination due to concerns over Bolton’s temperment. Bush appointed Bolton as a recess appointee to circumvent the Senate confirmation process. When Voinovich announced he would now support Bolton, Republicans thought they could get him confirmed. Lincoln Chafee announced yesterday that he would not support Bolton due to questions over United States policy regarding Israel. This is raising speculation that Chafee felt the need to appear more independen of the White House in order to obtain enough support from independents to win the upcoming primary for his Senate seat.

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