Monday, April 25, 2005
Who Takes Advice from Chris Dodd?
Senator Christopher "Half A Waitress Sandwich" Dodd (D-CT)* made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows yesterday to give his sound and sage advice to John Bolton, and by proxy, W regarding Bolton's nomination to be the US Ambassador to the UN.
When asked whether Bolton should withdraw his nomination in the face of the half baked allegations against him the wise Dodd replied:
I would hope he would. I think he's going to embarrass the president. I think he's going to ... have a very difficult job serving if he's confirmed narrowly by the Senate. He should withdraw or the president ought to withdraw this nomination. There are plenty of other good people who embrace his ideological views who can go up and achieve the major changes that Bush is pressing for at the United Nations. John Bolton is not that individual.Most of the member states at the UN have no idea what the Senate is, nor could they care less by how many votes the US Ambassador to the UN was confirmed. Can anyone tell me what the vote count was on John Danforth? Madeline Albright? Didn't think so.
John Bolton, like every single other W nominee, deserves and is constitutionally entitled to a vote on the Senate floor. If Dodd wants to oppose his nomination he can do so, and he can try and convince the rest of his Motely Crew of Senate Democrats to derail the nomination by a majority vote. Oh wait. I forgot. Dodd and Company are in the Minority.
What "Half a Waitress Sandwich" Dodd fails to understand is that he is on the short list of the last people to whom W needs to listen. Why would anyone take advice from an adversary bent on their their destruction?
Here endeth the lesson.
*For those of you wondering where I came up with the moniker "Half a Waitress Sandwich" for Senator Dodd, the story is this. Back in 1985, Dodd and a fellow Senator were out (with dates) for a night on the town at The Monocle. Much liquor was consumed, and the two Senators made their way to the Used Liquor Department (the restroom). Somewhere between the restroom and their table, both Senators made a "Waitress Sandwich" out of some poor, unsuspecting waitress.
You know one half of the Waitress Sandwich, which today would be termed "Sexual Assault". Want to know the other half?
Ted "Dude, Where's My Scotch" Kennedy.