Occassional reflections of a moderate (hey at least I think I am)

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

My e-mail to Sen. Voinovich re: the Bolton nomination

I am a resident and voter in Ohio. Today I was watching the Senate Committee discussing the Bolton nomination. I am kind of on the fence about this. While I think he is a horrid nominee, I do believe that the President deserves great deference in selecting his administration (thouh I think that leeway does not extend to the same degree to Judicial nominees). So I am sitting there watching and my Senator, Senator Voinovich steps up and says there should be a delay in the vote (I am oversimplifying things here but that is the result) so that the issues surrounding the nominee can be more carefully considered and resolved.

This took a lot of courage and the Senator should be commended.

This is what I wrote in an e-mail to the Senator:

I was actually watching the committee hearing today at which the Bolton nomination was being discussed. Personally, if you end up supporting the nominee under the theory that “the President deserves great deference on his nominees” I would not bat an eye. That being said, I did want to commend you for the courage and independence you displayed in the committee. At a minimum I think the additional time will allow for the issues to be more carefully evaluated. Thank you for your courage and independence.


  • At 4:11 AM, Blogger dax said…

    The reason your Senator acted the way he did was due to the fact that, according to him, he had missed some of the testimony during the hearings. Where could you Senator have been that was more important?
    And in your e-mail you thank him for "his courage and independence"
    Courage is rushing into a burning building to save a child. Courage is placing yourself in the line of fire to save a buddy. Courage is when you place the safety of onother before yours.
    Do ya feel me?

  • At 7:21 PM, Blogger Too Many Jims said…

    I definitely agree that the acts you refer to embody courage and I certainly respect those acts more than I respect what Sen. Voinovich did.

    That said, the word "courage" is clearly applied in other situations. Here is what Webster's says: "mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty". I think that what Sen. Voinovich did satisfies that definition. Even if you disagree with him it takes "mental or moral strength" to say what he said in committee.

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