Thursday, June 16, 2005

Twofer

This is good — the Downing Street Memo might bring the Bolton nomination to a grinding halt.

U.S. Senate Democrats rejected a Republican compromise over John Bolton’s nomination as U.N. ambassador on Thursday and cited a British report backing their view that the Bush administration hyped intelligence on Iraq before the 2003 invasion.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, said the Senate would hold a procedural vote on Monday to try to break the deadlock on Bolton. Democrats said they had enough votes to block the nomination, but Republicans hoped they would be viewed as obstructionists.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid demanded a full accounting of whether Bolton exaggerated assessments of several countries’ weapons programs, a key issue in the long-stalled nomination.

“All over the news the last few days has been concerns about weapons of mass destruction by virtue of the memo that was discovered,” the Nevada Democrat said, referring to the so-called “Downing Street memo.”

How about that — two for the price of one: Bolton goes down and the DSM gets the credit.