Ramesh, I don’t know see how more debate conducted by the full Senate will be of harm to Bolton. The fact that the nomination was reported out of committee without a recommendation will have no meaning whatever to 99 percent of the American people, so that argument won’t do much for those who try to hang their No vote on it. Every Republican senator will understand the stakes now. This is the vote through which Democrats will attempt to turn the president into a lame duck and critically impair the GOP majority. That will hurt all of them.
However, this may do damage to the filibuster rule-change effort, because it means there will have to be a major confrontation on this very different matter first.