Monday, July 24, 2006

Quick Note on Bolton

This Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will re-start hearings on the nomination of John “Kiss Up, Kick Down” Bolton. For any of you C-Span junkies out there, this will at least make for some interesting viewing. I was lucky enough to catch the committee hearings last year and it was pretty good stuff, and one of last year's top 5 C-SPAN moments IMHO. If the coming hearings will be as good as they were last round, all I can say is: pass the popcorn.

Unfortunately, Bolton will very likely get past the committee hearings and onto the floor for a sure nomination unless something big comes up (disastrous foreign policy in the mideast won’t stop our congress from making the wrong decisions, as usual).

In anycase, I usually like to watch Foreign Relations Committee hearings - when they’re not being detained by Russian police. Collectively, it’s a pretty sharp group, and includes a few lawmakers I tend to like most of the time: Feingold (D-WI), Hagel (R-NE) and Sununu (R-NH), and to a lesser extent, Obama (D-IL). On the other hand, there are also some real losers in that group too, like Allen (R-VA) and that most mercenary of politicians Norm Coleman (R-MN). I really do not like that man at all.

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