Republican senator George "Pontius Pilate" Voinovich caved in to massive White House pressure:
"I am not so arrogant to think that I should impose my judgment and perspective of the U.S. position in the world community on the rest of my colleagues."Come on, man - that's why you were on the damn committee! It only needed one vote from the 10 GOP members of the 18-person committee to sink the nomination. None dared stand up to Bush's gangsters.
The GOP has an even larger majority in the Senate, so it is now quite likely the nomination will pass. As Voinovich asked:
"What message are we sending to the world community when in the same breath we have sought to appoint an ambassador to the United Nations who himself has been accused of being arrogant, of not listening to his friends, of acting unilaterally, of bullying those who do not have the ability to properly defend themselves?"Indeed. It sounds like a description of Bush's USA, doesn't it? As one Democrat on the committee said:
"This represents very basic questions about one's mind-set about the United States, about the United Nations and about international law."The world is watching...