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Bolton Wrinkle

Wasn’t aware of this. The Senate has “returned Bolton’s papers.” As I understand it (Capitol Hill parliamentarians can correct me here), when going on a long recess the Senate has to agree by unanimous consent not to return a nominee’s papers. Democrats wouldn’t do that in the case of Bolton, so he has been wiped out from the Senate calendar and if Bush wanted to persist in trying to get him confirmed, he would have to re-nominate him, Bolton would have to go back through committee, etc., etc.–in other words, Groundhog’s Day (let me take this opportunity to plug Jonah’s classic article on that film in NR, which you would have missed unless you subscribe). It’s pretty good evidence–if we needed anymore–that Democrats have zero interest in working this one out.

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