Lieberman Flip-Flops on Bolton
by Matt Stoller, Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 07:51:05 AM EDT
Helen Kennedy at the New York Daily News is reporting that Lieberman is now supporting John Bolton for UN Ambassador.
Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman on Monday endorsed controversial Bush appointee John Bolton for a permanent slot at the United Nations - putting him at odds once again with Democrats and his Senate colleague, Chris Dodd.
Dodd, D-Conn., is the leading critic of Bolton, the controversial envoy Bush sent to the U.N. on a temporary ambassadorship after Democrats and some key Republicans balked at nominating him.
"I see no reason not to be for Bolton," Lieberman told a meeting of the New York Daily News editorial board.
"Based on his capabilities - and now based on his performance - I believe Bolton is well-qualified," he said.
"I think he's been a good negotiator and a good spokesman. He deserves to have a vote. I think he deserves to be confirmed."
Bolton's recess appointment expires at the end of the year and he will need Senate approval to remain as U.N. ambassador.
Lieberman had not publicly taken a position on Bolton before.
That last line is wrong. Lieberman voted against Bolton twice, in fact. Actually, it goes further than that, since Lieberman voted against cloture twice. That's a more extreme position against Bolton, which he has now reversed now that he's trying to win Republican voters. Here is one roll call vote. Here is another. It must be tough for Lieberman, now that he's running in a Republican primary.