The White House, Richard Lugar and others were confident that John Bolton would be affirmatively voted on by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week. The weekend talk shows last week were filled with this kind of psychological warfare commentary that made some Democrats and moderate Republicans think that the Battle over Bolton was over.
GEORGE VOINOVICH — AND NEARLY LISA MURKOWSKI — SHOWED WHAT MISINFORMATION THE WHITE HOUSE WAS FEEDING THE PRESS.
The White House is doing the same thing again — and let me assure all players that ever more revelations on Bolton misjudgments in his last position as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security — and during other points in his career — are on their way.
This battle is nowhere near being over — and TWN has enjoyed demonstrating how wrong-headed and misplaced “White House confidence” in Bolton and support for him has been.
So, don’t be duped. Wait for the evidence and reaction from credible, thoughtful Senators before picking winners in this battle.
— Steve Clemons