My open letter to John Bolton

I have seen enough of the campaign for President to know that the best man for the job is currently not running. Rather than settle, I decided to make an open plea to that man: John Bolton.

As far as I know, no other BD contributor shares my view, which is why I will merely link to my plea here (well, that and you can’t make too long a post from an iPhone).

  • valentinus

    He’s not running because he decided Not to run. Since we don’t usually appoint people to elected office what is the point of this? Ann Coulter threatened to hide Christie’s inhaler and even that didn’t work. Also rightly or wrongly this election is Not going to be about foreign policy no matter how many drones Obama flings about. (Unless of course he invades Iran!) Secretary of State? Fine. If Cain wins it might happen. If Romney no way. If Perry who knows?

  • HisRoc

    D. J.,

    Interesting commentary. Just goes to demonstrate the level of frustration with the current crop of Republican candidates among People Who Pay Attention. My own personal assessment is that this is why the Republicans are going through this flavor-of-the-month nonsense with Bachmann, Perry, and now Cain. Like teenage girls, they will flirt with all the flashy, bad boys but end up marrying the practical guy, Mitt Romney.

    And that is why Christie wouldn’t get into the race. He knew that he was the flavor-of-the-month and that the fickle party faithful would turn on him once his flash faded. Barack Obama is the most vulnerable sitting president since Truman in 1948, and the Republicans seem bound and determined to blow it and doom the country to another four years of the Teleprompter-in-Chief.

  • valentinus

    How could you forget Carter? We reminisced about those exciting times not that long ago too.

  • HisRoc


    Carter, for all his blundering and incompetence, was not nearly as vulnerable as Truman or as Ford was. If the Republicans had fielded a lesser candidate than Reagan, Carter might have gotten reelected. Truman and Ford suffered foremost from the image of being “unelected, accidental Presidents.” Although Truman was elected Vice President, he was FDR’s third running mate in four elections. On the domestic front, his popularity suffered greatly from the economic upheaval following conversion of the US economy from war to peace. On the international level, he was blamed for the expansion of Communism in Europe and Asia. Finally, his administration was plagued with corruption scandals. Ford wasn’t even elected Vice President, but was appointed after the resignation of Spiro Agnew. His subsequent pardon of Nixon was only the beginnings of a disastrous administration marked by high inflation, recession, and the continuing energy crisis.

    All three of these presidents could have been defeated for reelection. Curiously, the two who were defeated lost because of Ronald Reagan. First, Ford was primaried by Reagan in 76, weakening him significantly. Then, Reagan defeated Carter as the nominee in 80. I think that the Republicans today are asking, “where is our new Ronald Reagan?” Without him, like Truman in 48, Obama will likely get reelected. As for anyone who thinks that Rick Perry or Herman Cain is the next Reagan, I would say that they remind me far more of Thomas Dewey.

  • valentinus

    “Like teenage girls, they will flirt with all the flashy, bad boys but end up marrying the practical guy, Mitt Romney.”

    If they are flirting with Bachmann they would be you know what in addition to wild girls and not very likely to cuddle with Romney. While I don’t disagree with the overall point and I have less heartburn with Romney than many conservatives, I must say he is running a strategy better suited to 2008 than 2012. (We tend to fight the last war again as you know, HisRoc). In 2008 the base was demoralized and a few nods and head fakes were enough to bring it along. (Romney Was the conservatives’ candidate then.) For 2012, the base is energized and the increasing weakness of Obama is likely to make them more determined to vote conservative in the primaries because they think any of these candidates can win. After all Perry and Cain are polling as high as Romney against Obama.

    Romney is doing everything he can to distance himself from them or ignore them. This may make some sense in the general but it’s rather risky in the primary and that is fueling this angst against him. It’s not like Romney is polling in the 40s. At 25% this late in the process that means 75% aren’t sold and he is a very well known quantity.

  • HisRoc


    I don’t disagree with you at all. And we have seen this movie many times before. Primary voters are The People Who Pay Attention and, in many states, the moderate Independents are completely excluded. So, the more conservative Republican and the more liberal Democrat win the nominations. (IMHO, this is why Obama beat Hillary in 2008.) But, once the general election campaign begins, both candidates have to move to the center to get the decisive Independent swing vote. So, the question is not who can win the Republican primaries, but who can credibly move to the center once he does? Romney can. Perry and Cain can’t.

  • valentinus

    But my point is that Romney is at the center already before the primaries start (and probably slightly left of center to many Republicans) and making no bones about it. That’s what’s risky.

    BTW I must say that the image of either Rick Perry or Herman Cain as “the man on the wedding cake” is too much for my feeble mind to wrap around.

  • Tim J

    I think all of them are trying to figure out how to be that “Generic Republican” who has for months consistently polled much higher than anyone in the field.

  • HisRoc

    Tim J,

    I never thought that I would complement you on this blog, but you nailed it.

    Not too bad for someone with a UVA frat-rat education.

  • Bolton is unofficially Cains primary foreign affairs advisor. Can’t make this stuff up.

  • RickRyan

    Remember the lead-up to Bolton’s UN recess appointment? Practically everybody that ever worked for him testified that he was an abusive egomaniac. He allegedly threw things at his subordinates. I got the vision of this guy on the ladder of life with his lips firmly fixed to the nether regions of the one above him and his boots stomping the fingers of those below him. I wouldn’t recommend him for anything other than an anger management course.

  • RickRyan, if that is the real John Bolton at the UN.. OORAH!

  • HisRoc


    Herman Cain has a stable of top-notch advisers. He is still a moron who can’t stay on point.

  • Speaking of points..

  • HisRoc


    That’s funny. I’ve got a friend in real estate who would like to show you some waterfront property at low tide.

    BTW, can you provide a link to Cain’s Abortion Calculator, you know, the one that provides for the Morning After pill for rape victims?

  • Found no link to an abortion pill and Cain however this is of interest..

    Try as the establishment might, the pro abortion BS wont stick to Cain..

  • HisRoc


    You misunderstood my point. Cain is opposed to all abortion procedures under all circumstances, including incest, when the mother’s life is at risk, when the fetus has irreversible birth defects, and even the use of the Morning After pill for rape victims. Tell me, do you favor forcing a 12-year old victim of incestuous rape to carry her pregnancy to full term instead of taking a Morning After pill the day after her assault? Herman Cain does.

  • HisRoc, if you are truly following Cain your response surprises me. While he is pro-life, he clearly says rape victims and mother’s whose life is at risk is a personal, private matter and government should not have a say. While that is different than the cookie cutter conservative response, it does show a depth that others don’t.

  • ToR

    The best Republican in the field is Jon Huntsman, with Mitt Romney being a close second. John Bolton is one of the least exciting people to work in DC. Not to mention he’d have to shave his mustache.


    That calculator is hilarious. If you believe it I’d like you to guarantee that the price of everything I buy will be cheaper after adding in 9% sales tax and the changes to state taxes to make up for lost revenue.

    I’ll call you and Herman’s bluff, I’ll write you a check for any savings I may have and you can write me a check for any price increases I experience.

  • HisRoc


    Cain is being The Artful Dodger on abortion, like every other issue of substance. Watch this interview:

    Notice that he claims that in the case of rape/incest the decision to have an abortion is a family matter. But, when pressed, he admits that such an abortion would be illegal. Translation: abortion is a matter of choice as long as you don’t mind violating the law. Back to the coat-hanger, septic abortions of pre-Roe v. Wade.

  • LittleDavid


    It is my understanding that Herman has changed his tune. He now says that he is against abortion under any circumstance. It will not take long for him to also say that he is against birth control too, because most forms of birth control might (but not usually) just be abortion at an earlier stage.

    You see, life begins at conception, but in the mind of pro-life extremists, any sex not involving the possibility of conception is wrong. Where do I get this? Because of the influence of pro-life extremists, the federal government is prevented from funding distribution of condoms. The use of these condoms during recreational sex not only might prevent the spread of disease, they would prevent conception.

    Herman Cain is starting to look a whole like Romney. Both will say whatever it takes in order to get elected. So you don’t like what I said yesterday? How about what I said today? If that is still not good enough, wait until you hear me tomorrow.

  • John Bolton frightens me with his foreign policy positions. Do we really need to further ramp up our interventionism abroad?

  • valentinus

    Obama is starting to look a whole like Romney. Both will say whatever it takes in order to get elected. So you don’t like what I said yesterday? How about what I said today? If that is still not good enough, wait until you hear me tomorrow.

  • Mr. Stearns, Do you consider limited foreign intervention to be an non negotiable element of libertarianism as well as constitutionalism? Although he has worked with some neocon organizations from time to time, something that Bolton seems to object to is being branded as a neocon, but, what actionable policy reccomendations of his render him to be anything less than a constitutional conservative? Do you feel his actions in front of the UN body are that of a neocon?

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