If President Bush hasn’t come up with this plan toÃ‚Â get his nominees through a Senate that will soon be controlled by DemocratsÃ‚Â on purpose, it sure is one heck of an accident.
First, Bush nominated Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense. Gates’ answer to a single question from Carl Levin securedÃ‚Â a landslide thumbs-up from the full Senate. When Gates was asked if the U.S. was winning the war in Iraq, he answered “no.” It was the two-lettered word heard ’round the partisan world.
As a result of the resounding successÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â this one instance of placating, either truthfully or cunningly,Ã‚Â Senate Dems,Ã‚Â I then recommended a similar approach for all future Bush nominees.
It could be that Bush is up to it again. Robert Novak believes that a Bush administration Muslim could be the front-runner to be nominated to replace the outgoing John Bolton as Ambassador to the United Nations:
Zalmay Khalilzad, who was announced this week as leaving as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, is the leading prospect to replace John Bolton as envoy to the United Nations.
President Bush was reported by aides as looking for someone who approximates Bolton’s combination of toughness and diplomatic skill and has tentatively decided on Khalilzad. A native of Afghanistan, he has served in government posts dating back to 1985 and is the highest-ranking Muslim in the Bush administration.
AnotherÃ‚Â nominee on the fast-track! What high-profile Senate Democrat is going to have the brass donkeys toÃ‚Â put the kibosh on a Muslim candidate for any post? I didn’t think so.
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