Today, CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer” ran another “Quick Vote” on the subject of whether Americans thought John Bolton should be Ambassador to the United Nations. 92% have voted NO.
But to be fair, Move America Forward has been running a long-time poll on its site, and it shows 90% of its registered poll-voters (one must register with their site with name, email, and other contact information to be able to vote) favor Bolton.
I did register to vote in that poll and was actually the 2nd vote against Bolton. Now, I see there are at least 123 opposed.
Move America Forward is also the organization that is running campaigns not only to support Bolton’s nomination — but also to “Evict the U.N. from the U.S.A”
Doesn’t anyone else find it strange that despite Bolton’s assurances during his recent confirmation testimony that he strongly supports the U.N.’s role and is committed to a strong multilateralism, most Bolton advocates actually want to ‘nullify’ the United Nations?
Here is a typical comment from the ConfirmBolton.com website run by Frank Gaffney and friends on a post about Eagleburger’s op-ed today:
If someone other than Bolton is confirmed, it is nearly 100% sure that America will still be in the U.N. in 3 or 4 years. With Bolton, there is at least a chance that we’ll be out of it.
Comment by John Davis — April 24, 2005 @ 4:34 pm
There are so many fascinating angles to the John Bolton nomination fiasco, but clearly the most interesting is that both his proponents and opponents believe that the real John Bolton is not the person who gave testimony in Senate Confirmation Hearings the other day. That person — who looked like Bolton — lied about his past and about his run-ins with intel analysts. But most importantly, he said in a round about way that he wasn’t the same guy who was speaking in the video played by Senator Boxer.
The problem for John Bolton is that everyone on both sides of the battle knows that the image he created in the Senate hearings does not stand the test of serious scrutiny. He ‘is’ the guy in the video.
That’s the person Move America Forward, Frank Gaffney, and Dick Cheney want.
And that is who many sensible Republicans and sensible Democrats are working so hard to oppose.
— Steve Clemons
(ed. note: thanks to WEA for the CNN poll)