The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Thursday, May 12, 2005  

A Tight Race: Chafee, Dodd, Gearan

Who’s the lamest of them all?

Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.), for saying of the VRWC’s nominee for United Nations ambassador John R. Bolton, “I won’t deny a lot of the information certainly brings great pause. But I fight the administration on so many issues; this is one of those that I’ve been with them on -- to appoint their team”?

Or Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), who said of stonewalling by the Bush administration in response to requests for documents from members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “I’ve been disappointed by it,” while simultaneously declining to press for a delay in the panel’s vote on confirmation of Bolton’s nomination?

Or Anne Gearan of the Associated Press, who yesterday reported, in an astonishing, even dishonest, understatement, “Bolton has been accused of being intolerant of underlings who disagree with him” (see “Key Senator Says He Will Back Bolton, Reluctantly,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 11)?

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