Cruise with John Bolton, July 29 – August 5

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There are only 10 cabins left — and I am soooo tempted to go on this Alaska National Review cruise. I’d be civil, of course, but would hold my ground on my views and otherwise enjoy the scenery and the celebrity of being a token independent progressive on the ship.
John Bolton is one of the recently added headliners — and I do wish him a good cruise.
A number of close friends of mine have interviewed Bolton lately, and apparently he did not read the high road, tip-of-the-hat commentary I offered him when the battle over his confirmation as US Ambassador to the UN came to a close.
I have chatted recently with one of his former staff and hear that he’s still pretty hot at this blog. It would be good to move on though — BUT a debate that pitted me making the case for enlightened American internationalism vs. John Bolton defending a more Jesse Helms-inspired pugnacious nationalism might just sell those last few cabins.
If not on the Alaska cruise — then maybe we could do something like that at one of Margaret Carlson’s galas for The Week. Just a thought. . .
— Steve Clemons

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18 comments on “Cruise with John Bolton, July 29 – August 5

  1. Mackie says:

    Steve, you’re cold as ice. Heh.

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  2. liz says:

    who cares if Bolton is miffed. A lot of American citizens are really miffed too……

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  3. Dave says:

    A neo-con cruise? Sounds like fun. We’ll set out with a crew of 5 on a ship that requires 50. We will only use a navigator who is pro-life and a loyal Bushie.(it will be okay, he drove an ice cream truck last summer b/4 his freshman year at Liberty U. and never got lost once) What if things go wrong you ask? Well things WON’T go wrong. Besides, there will be enough life boats for those who currently hold elected office. You say you have doubts about the competence of the captain…well perhaps some “enhanced recreation techniques” will change your mind. Fitness instructor Yoo and 2nd Mate Gonzales have arranged an aerobic exercise that is sure to excite your fellow passengers. It is NOT,REPEAT,NOT keel hauling,we don’t keel haul anyone. It is an “enhanced recreation technique”. Alaskan waters can be very dangerous so we suggest that you leave your children at home. It’s better to bring other people’s children just in case.

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  4. john says:

    Maybe we can convince the crew of the http://www.nationcruise.com/ to fire water cannons at the http://www.nrcruise.com/. Same Waters. Same Ship Company. Same Dates.

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  5. Punchy says:

    Where’s the damn Norwalk virus when you really need it?

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  6. Steve O says:

    Tempted though you may be to go, I think the specter of ringside seats stateside would be a much greater draw. Kind of like “Fight Night” for public policy types. Now that would be a fun crowd ! Just the thought of you towering over Bolton in his red white and blue drawers is too good to pass up.

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  7. Rick B says:

    Steve,
    Don’t bother with the current cruise. It’s too late to increase the price of tickets. Plan another and charge accordingly.
    Bolton is a Republican. No matter how angry he might feel, he can be bought if the price is high enough.

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  8. Dennis says:

    Ship of Fools, indeed. Oh for a timely outbreak of cruise ship food poisoning.

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  9. Carroll says:

    Wait,wait,wait….on second thought, don’t go.
    Being on a boat with crazy people, deck accidents and all that…no, not a good idea.
    Too bad they didn’t chose a Bermuda Triangle cruise.

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  10. Carroll says:

    Oh go! It would be fun and the sights are fanastic.
    Besides, it would bug hell out of Bolton if you were onboard.
    Do it.

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  11. Patrick McGonegal says:

    And if you do end up going… give a holler when you pass through Juneau! I’ll show you the sights!

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  12. TB says:

    Four words:
    Voyage of The Damned.

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  13. paulo says:

    Sounds pretty good to me – sang froid and real froid. I’d go for it if I was you.

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  14. Kathleen says:

    Well I’d bring some pals in those other cabins and my fencing gear if I were you. Maybe you can get him to walk the big plank.
    Is Captain Ahab going to be aboard, too?
    It might be toxic in such close quarters, but I’m sure you could hold your own, vis a vis, mano a mano.
    Ahoy, Matey.

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  15. Kathleen says:

    Well I’d bring some pals in those other cabins and my fencing gear if I were you. Maybe you can get him to walk the big plank.
    Is Captain Ahab going to be aboard, too?
    It might be toxic in such close quarters, but I’m sure you could hold your own, vis a vis, mano a mano.
    Ahoy, Matey.

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  16. Dan Kervick says:

    I’m surprised National Review readers would go on a cruise like that. Aren’t they afraid of sailing off the edge of the world?
    But this cruise will be the perfect time for me and my traitor-left buddies to enact our plan to deliver America into the hands of the Global Caliphate. Only the National Review has seen through to the true scope of our diabolical plot. Now they will be stuck on a boat for an extended period. Eeexcelent!

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  17. Pissed Off American says:

    Steve, I’d pass if I was you.
    Whats one more death when you’ve already helped murder close to three quarters of a million?

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  18. jon says:

    I’d be worried that a renegade pod of right whales would attack and sink the ship. I’ve been trapped in close quarters with folks I couldn’t disagree with more. I think that ship would feel awful small very quickly. I’d rather take my chances with the dragons of Chestertown any day!
    But I’m very glad you gotten (and stayed) under his skin.

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