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John Bolton: the conservative Dark Horse

Ladies & Gentlemen, the conservative choice for America…

John Bolton

Mr. Bolton’s greatest drawback at this point appears to be his unfortunate facial hair and hair cut, but President Clinton has established precedent to fix that problem, so that shouldn’t be an issue.

Bolton grabbed my early favor with quotes like this in todays Washington Times

Conservative foreign policy is unabashedly pro-American, unashamed of American exceptionalism, unwilling to bend its knee to international organizations, and unapologetic about the need for the fullest range of dominant military capabilities. Its diplomacy is neither unilateralist nor multilateralist, but chooses its strategies, tactics, means and methods based on a hard-headed assessment of U.S. national interests, not on theologies about process. Most especially, conservatives understand that allies are different from adversaries, and that each should be treated accordingly.

Bolton’s got foreign policy cred coming out of his ears, having served most recently as the US ambassador to the UN, not to mention positions in the State Department under Presidents Reagan & Bush I (while he served as ambassador to the UN, he is also a vocal critic of it, which indicates that he’s not placing his hope for the universe on the powers held therein). He’s also been exposed to domestic policy, serving in the Department of Justice as well as a variety of action committees on issues ranging from Jewish-American Interests to the NRA. Another no less significant factor is that he hails from Maryland, which is not deep south. That’s significant at a time when most of the fresh voices in the conservative movement (with one notable exception, maybe another) hail from states like Louisiana (Jindal), Texas (Perry), and South Carolina (Sanford & DeMint). Maryland isn’t quite California or Washington, but Maryland far less easy to caricature than Texas or South Carolina.
Critics of Bolton (and by that, I mean Joe Biden) have called him a “Bull in a China Shop,” (considering the source of that statement, give it all the attention it’s due). That he was too rough was the general tenor of the Democratic criticisms (RINO’s like Lincoln Chafee included) at his Senate Confirmation hearings, which don’t seem to square with other observers who claimed that he displayed not the slightest bit of energy. He’s also faced accusations of being a sexist, but ultimately it didn’t stick. It’s interesting to me, however, that those who would brand Bolton a sexist are also the party of Ted Kennedy (who drove a young lady off a bridge to her death with out summoning help), and Bill Clinton twice (Lewinsky-gate was all about equal opportunity and the elevation of women). Again, consider the sources.
Admittedly, Bolton can be brash and lives in the land of no-nonsense. He’s no where near as polished as The One in office now but I think in 8 years (hopefully 4), the country will understand that teleprompter polish, pretty words, and nuzzling with dictators do not save the world or put America on the path of prosperity (it makes me think of cotton-candy. At first, that big pillowy mound of pink & blue goodness beckon across the carnival grounds calling like a sugary-sweet siren. But everyone who has ever endured an entire cotton candy puff will tell you that too much sweet sugary goodness is NOT a good thing).

The political winds will have to blow strong for John Bolton, but with the way President Obama is weakening America every day and winking at despots like Kim Jong-Il, Hugo Chavez & Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a strong Foreign policy President may be the ranking priority in a few short years.

I get giddy at the prospect of a tried and true conservative from a blue state with street cred on hallowed ground for the Democrats (the U.N.). Put him with a strong fiscal policy guy, and you’ve got yourself a winner! I leave you with one last Bolton gem from the Washington Times article:
Overseas “apology tours,” public displays of empathy and inviting the likes of Iran to Fourth of July receptions at our embassies will not alter these underlying realities. Nor will reducing national-security budgets on such key items as missile defense and advanced weapons systems (while dramatically increasing unnecessary and inevitably inflationary domestic spending) make our adversaries more amenable to sweet reason. Sadly, such gratuitous indications of self-doubt and weakness only encourage the very adversaries whose favor we are currying.

Crossposted at realityunwound