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Washington - Ohio Sen. George Voinovich choked back tears on the Senate floor Wednesday as he pleaded with colleagues to vote against John Bolton's nomination for United Nations ambassador.
After delaying Bolton's passage through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this month and sending the entire Senate a letter on Tuesday to explain his objections, Voinovich delivered a 45-minute speech that argued Bolton's abusive personality make him an inappropriate diplomat.
"This appointment is very, very important to our country," Voinovich concluded as his voice cracked with emotion. "At a strategic time when we need friends all over the world, we need somebody up there that's going to be able to get the job done."
"I know, some of my friends say, 'Let it go, George. It's going to work out,' " said Voinovich, currently the sole Republican to publicly oppose President Bush's appointment. "I don't want to take the risk. I came back here and ran for a second term because I'm worried about my kids and my grandchildren. And I just hope my colleagues will take the time and . . . do some serious thinking about whether or not we should send John Bolton to the United Nations."
With that, Voinovich returned to his seat and fidgeted with a yellow highlighting pen until he regained his composure.
Voinovich exemplifies the kind of weakness the terrorists take advantage of. It's this mentality that encourages fanatics to fly airplanes into skyscrapers, to bomb hotel lobby rooms and sidewalk cafes, to kill, maim and otherwise injure innocent men, women and children.
Voinovich has disgraced himself and disgraced this country.
Who do we want representing us as we engage the terrorists worldwide?
Voinovich and other metrosexuals in touch with their feminine sides or a tough guy like Bolton who has a take no prisoners outlook?
The answer is clear. And it becomes clearer the more one watches Voinovich's weakness displayed for all on the Senate floor.