I’ve just heard — and read — the http://lugar.senate.gov/pressapp/record.cfm?id=259746“>official opening statement of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar.
Perhaps its just Lugar’s genteel and judicious manner, but there is NO endorsement of John Bolton in his statement.
I have no doubt that Lugar will vote on Bolton’s side in the Committee, but I know from other sources that Lugar finds Bolton disagreeable, a bad example of diplomacy, and wishes he did not have to go through this process.
But there is no automotic embrace of the still uncomfirmed Ambassador Bolton by Senator Lugar.
— Steve Clemons