Dick Morris was on O'Reilly last night. Let me paraphrase him. Morris said that Bolton would be the most popular man in the US within a year. In other words, Bolton's role at the UN would turn him into a political celebrity with the American people.
Morris is probably right. It worked for Jeanne Kirkpatrick.
Back in '81, Pres. Reagan was fed up with the UN's anti-Americanism so he sent Mrs. Kirkpatrick to New York. She did not hold back and challenged our critics at every step. She did not hesitate to point out that our critics do not hold elections or value human rights! She remined everyone that the American people contributed more than 20% of the UN budget.
By '84, Mrs. Kirkpatrick was such a political asset that she addressed the Republican convention. By '88, she was encouraged to run for President but ended up supporting VP Bush.
Morris has pretty good political instincts. Don't be surprised if Senator Hillary "I am not a liberal anymore" Clinton quotes Bolton in her acceptance speech as often as she does the Bible.
In fact, don't be surprised if most Democrats in the 2006 midterm elections say that Pres. Bush's recess appointment denied them an opportunity to vote for Bolton.
Morris may be right or wrong. But Bolton is exactly what the corrupt UN needs.
For example, Bolton can walk out when unelected and corrupt dictators speak at the UN.
Bolton can give the UN Assembly a quiz: How do you say bribe in French?
Bolton can force the UN to take a look at the Oil for Food Scandal. He can point out that France, and others, were doing business with Saddam Hussein in violation of the resolutions that they were supporting at the Security Council.
Bolton can ask: Why are Cuba and Syria serving in a panel on human rights?
The New York Sun is right on target with their editorial today (URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/17930):
"Democrats have complained that Mr. Bolton has an undiplomatic personality.
But some of the nation's greatest and most effective representatives at the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, were outspoken in the John Bolton mold.
Iran's incoming president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, plans to address the U.N. General Assembly in September.
Mr. Bolton could lead a walkout in protest of the theocracy's continued imprisonment of the Iranian Havel, Akbar Ganji, and other political prisoners, as well as its continuing support of terrorism.
Or he could stand and turn his back - sending a message about just how obscene it is for the world body to offer a podium to the leader of a terrorist state in the middle of a global war on Islamist terror.
We've been skeptical of the idea that the United Nations can be reformed so long as it continues to include dictatorships and terror-sponsoring states.
Mr. Bolton will be doing the president who picked him the greatest service if he doesn't shy away from conflict, but instead goes to Turtle Bay with an eye toward underscoring its absurdity and hypocrisy.
That would be the best way to lay the groundwork for a more logical international organization that would be able to pursue with some actual credibility the U.N. Charter's goals of advancing liberty and human rights."
John Bolton won't be popular in some parts of Europe, the NYTimes editorial room or anti-US types.
Who cares about them anyway?