’The Weekly Standard’s’ editor, William Kristol , explains whats really at stake in the battle over John Bolton.
Kristol argues that if Bolton is defeated that will send a message to all conservatives that if you take on the permanent bureaucracy your reputation will be destroyed, your charcter will be impugned, etc. If Bolton is defeated, Bush will get to name a replacement. The replacement will be someone more likely to defer to the permanent bureacracy, not someone as good as Bolton and someone chastened by the defeat of Bolton.
Eighteen years ago, conservatives watched as Robert Borks nomination to the Supreme Court was defeated. Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy in his place. The result has been 18 years of incoherent Constitutional jurisprudence which only Ted Kennedy can love.
Kristol believes the same sort of consequence could follow in foreign policy, if Bolton is defeated.