Further adventures in the English language as spoken by American politician figures:
According to Mr. Bush, Bolton's nomination has been blocked by a "handful" of Senators. So now "handful" means 40 or more, because that's how many Senators it takes to establish a filibuster.
Democrats opposing the nomination described Bolton as "dishonest." Mr. Bush is confident in Bolton's "integrity."
Almost overnight, a "war" turned into a "struggle," and "terrorism" became "violent extremism," even though nothing in the war/struggle actually changed. (But trust me, when it serves a political agenda, the word "war" will be invoked.)
Bolton accepted his new role as "permanent" Ambassador to the UN, even though his term will expire in January of 2007 when the new Congress convenes.
Senator Ted Kennedy said Bolton's nomination "evades the constitutional requirement" for Senate consent of presidential ambassador appointments, even though the constitution specifically allows recess appointments.
On the other side of the aisle, Republican Senators have consistently referred to the "constitutional duty" to bring nominees to an "up or down floor vote", yet the constitution says nothing about up or down votes.
It's all starting to sound like white noise to me.
On the bright side, nobody has asked me why I "hate America" today.