I’ve reassured the House and Senate leaders that I intend to work with the new Congress in a bipartisan way to address issues confronting this country…
The message yesterday was clear: The American people want their leaders in Washington to set aside partisan differences, conduct ourselves in an ethical manner, and work together to address the challenges facing our nation.
—NY Times, Bush at post-election press conference
And it is certainly in that spirit that Bush made this announcement today:
the White House officially announced one nomination: “John Robert Bolton, of Maryland, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.”
If anyone had any doubts that George Bush would turn over a new leaf and actually adhere to the pablum he likes to quote about bipartisanship, this nomination tells you everything you need to know about that. There will be no change of course. There will be no bipartisanship. There will be a continuation of “in your face,” gotcha politics coming from the Bush White House. Though we already knew this…this is not a man who can learn, adjust, adapt. If the straightest way to get somewhere is through a brick wall, then by God that’s where George is going even though he’ll split his head open in the process.