Wednesday, April 20, 2005

I had a long Ratzinger post that was eaten by a computer crash, so I'll just do a little one on the John Bolton nomination:

The meme that the Democrats and their allies have gotten out on Bolton is how he's a "bully," a "serial abuser" of subordinates.

In 2005 or any other year, the nation's capital does not need another bully in a position of power...Character, or the lack thereof, is revealed in how someone with power treats someone without power and without the capacity to retaliate. (Mark Shields)

Bolton was ''disloyal to his subordinates.'' (Peter Beinart)

"I think Mr. Bolton needs anger management at a minimum and he does not deserve to be promoted" to the U.N. post. (Senator Barbara Boxer)

Anytime a senior official calls in a lower-level one "and reams him a new one,
that's just not acceptable." (Senator Joseph Biden, from the above link. Biden, of course, is well-known for his gentle, respectful treatment of Scott "that's above your pay grade" Ritter when his testimony wasn't what he wanted to hear).

This is all nonsense, of course. What this is about is the Left's horror at the idea of a UN skeptic like Bolton as American representative to that body. The Left worships the UN like a deity, so Bolton cannot be allowed to get the job. But with lots of Americans--especially since the Iraq war--being highly UN-skeptic themselves, we've got this ridiculous feigned outrage over Bolton's "bullying." Mark Steyn makes the point that the UN is such a nest of thugs and murderers that sending a "bully" there would hardly be offensive to anyone willing to admit the truth.

Because, really, Democrats don't mind bullies at all. Let's recall the person who seems destined to receive their 2008 Presidential nomination by voice vote: Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was just a few years ago...

Hillary Throws Book at Secret Service Agent. First lady hit her limo driver in back
for allegedly 'eavesdropping' on chat.

Chris Matthews: "I was on the New York shuttle a couple of weeks ago, and I saw something interesting. Hillary Clinton (was) up in that little bankhead -- bulkhead seat they reserve for VIPs in the corner, nobody around her; Secret Service guys all around with those little earphones and one large guy, rather embarrassed, rather sheepish, walking along with his own earphones carrying her bags . . . Who -- who in the Senate gets a Sherpa to carry their bags for them? . . . I've never heard of a senator getting a bag carrier. Who pays for the airfare for this guy? Who pays for his lifestyle? Who pays his salary to walk around carrying her bags, so she can walk around light-handed, with nothing in her hands?

From Gary Aldrich's book Unlimited Access:

Another close source, this one in the Secret Service, told me that Hillary had ordered her Secret Service protective detail to
"stay the f--k away from me!" and to keep at least ten yards of distance between her and them at all times.
The Secret Service agent told me that it was much harder to protect her from a distance of ten yards, and she was told this, but she didn't seem to care what the Secret Service said. He also told me that it was obvious that she had a clear dislike for the agents, bordering on hatred, in his opinion.

Along those same lines, another source reports that two Secret Service agents heard Hillary's daughter Chelsea refer to them as "personal, trained pigs" to some of her friends. When the friends had gone, the senior agent on the detail tried to scold Chelsea for such disrespect. He told her that he was willing to put his life on the line to save hers, and he believed that her father, the president, would be shocked if he heard what she had just said to her friends. Chelsea's response?

"I don't think so. That's what my parents call you."

Dick Sprowl, Air Force Chaplain:
Hillary Clinton was arrogant and orally abusive to her security detail. She forbade her daughter, Chelsea, from exchanging pleasantries with them....Hillary patently refused to allow her picture to be taken with her security detail.

"Character, or the lack thereof, is revealed in how someone with power treats someone without power and without the capacity to retaliate."

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