According to Steve Clemons's most recent update, the White House and the senate leadership have basically given up on the prospect of getting John Bolton's nomination through the United States senate. And it's worth noting that in itself that is a huge and quite improbable victory for those who started more than three months ago now trying to mobilize opposition to this very unfortunate nomination.
What remains to be seen now is whether President Bush will bypass the senate and install Bolton at the UN by a recess appointment.
For starters, it's worth saying that that's the president's right. Whether it's fair in the abstract is just as irrelevant as the question is about the filibuster.
But it is also becoming increasingly clear that winning on Bolton is more important to the White House than having someone in that position who would be in any way effective in the job by any measure. He would, I assume, be the first UN Ambassador ever to be seated who quite publicly lacked the confidence of the United States senate. And what does it tell you exactly about President Bush's foreign policy priorities today -- and all the challenges that the country currently faces in Iraq and elsewhere -- that he's putting so much into sustaining this single nomination? There's nothing else going on in the world that could use the attention and political muscle more than this?
In case you hadn't caught this, check out this astounding coincidence.
"MZM opened its doors in 1993, but its first federal contract was a $140,000 deal in July 2002 to provide "office furniture" and "custom computer programming services" for the executive office of the president of the United States, according to the Federal Procurement Data System." San Diego Union-Tribune, June 25th, 2005.
"Wade purchased the boat in August 2002 for $140,000 and officially changed its name to the Duke-Stir â an apparent play on Cunningham's nickname â in January 2003, according to U.S. Coast Guard records."
San Diego Union-Tribune, June 28th, 2005.
Before the whole Duke mess broke out, MZM Inc. was an awfully popular place.
Buried down in Marcus Stern's piece in today's San Diego Union-Tribune is the news that shortly before the CunningScam story broke someone named Kay Cole James had signed on as the company's "senior executive vice president for national security transformation". She just resigned on Friday.
Before signing on with MZM, Kay Cole James was President Bush's highly-controversial Director of Office of Personnel Management.