A Disappointing Thune
WASHINGTON - Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Thursday that he would vote against the nomination of John Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations, hinting his vote is a protest against the Pentagon's recommendation to close Ellsworth Air Force Base.Translation: You close my home military base and I'll screw you every chance I'll get.
But he did support his party on the vote that mattered most Thursday.
Republicans needed 60 votes to end the Democratic procedural delays and move to an immediate final vote on Bolton's confirmation. Fifty-six senators - including Thune - voted to end the stalling, four shy of that threshold. Now the final Bolton vote will probably not take place until June.
Thune said Thursday that saving Ellsworth is "inseparable from my work" in the Senate.
"It is part of the fabric of every day of our agenda and the things we are trying to accomplish here," Thune said Thursday. "It's something that has become a great preoccupation of mine now."
Asked whether his opposition to Bolton was because of his qualifications or the base-closing plan, Thune said dryly: "I'm concerned about our diplomatic posture as a nation, and I'm concerned about our defensive posture. These issues are not unrelated."
Thune otherwise would not say why he would vote against Bolton's nomination.
Michelle Malkin has an excellent round up of contradictory Thune quotes. Jay Reding also administers a spanking to John Thune over his obstructionist anti-Bolton vote.