Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said on Monday he would support John
Bolton to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, likely clearing
the way for Senate confirmation of the long-time critic of the world
Hagel of Nebraska was the only Republican on the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee who had declined to say whether he would
back Bolton, currently under secretary of state for arms control. His
support removes a possible obstacle to Bolton's nomination advancing to
the full Senate.
I guess we're not the only ones who know there's an election coming up. And, it wasn't even the "up-or-down boilerplate" you rightly predicted:
After meeting with Bolton on Monday, Hagel issued a
statement of support. "His experience and knowledge will serve him well
as he represents America's interests in the U.N. at a critically
important time," Hagel said.