Friday, May 13, 2005

Courageous Republicans, Part 1

Whether there are any other installments of the Courageous Republicans series remains to be seen. But when a Republican bucks the current administration openly and expresses his views without flinching (though we know behind closed doors, there'll be hell to pay), I like to acknowledge them. John Danforth almost got a nod for his NY Times op-ed piece about about the mingling of Christianity and the Republican party. But then, I was hit by a blinding white light and it all came back to me. Danforth played no small part in Clarence Thomas' successful confirmation to the Supreme Court. Danforth's banned for life for that one.

Today's tribute goes to Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) who spoke openly against nominee for the UN ambassador position, John Bolton. He referred to Bolton as "the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be... We have sought to appoint an Ambassador to the United Nations who himself has been accused of being arrogant, of not listening to his friends, of acting unilaterally, and of bullying those who do not have ability to properly defend themselves." Though Voinovich did vote to allow the nomination to go to the full Senate, he stated point blank that he would be voting "no" in that vote.

The Bolton nomination will arrive before the Senate with no committee endorsement. According to the mass e-mail I received from Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), it's only the sixth time in 20 years that a majority party couldn't secure a positive endorsement before sending a nominee to a Senate vote.

If the fight in the Senate is tough for Bolton (think back to the lovely, golden moments we had with Robert Bork, won't you), then Voinovich is liable to take some heat from the GOP for not providing the President's nominee with a ringing endorsement. No matter -- he gets my little vote for being a courageous Republican in this one instance.

I'm hoping where there is one, there are many more in hiding. This is, after all, the party of Lincoln, of Teddy Roosevelt, of great men with with great hearts who wanted to see America thrive, spiritually and fiscally. Surely there are other Republicans who won't be cowed by this White House. Aren't there?

We'll see. Until then....


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