U.N. ambassador must pass muster

In the end, John Bolton jumped before he was pushed. His temporary appointment as U.N. ambassador would have expired with the current Congress, and even though President Bush renominated him last month the Democrats made it clear that he would not be approved once they take over the Senate.

That's too bad because Bolton accurately and too forcefully for his critics represented the views of the Bush White House to the United Nations. And he was credited with engineering the U.N. resolution on North Korea's nuclear weapons activities and holding together a consensus on Iran's nuclear program. ...

Bolton was a special case and his nomination, like some of Bush's judicial candidates, was an in-your-face political challenge to the Democrats. Bush knew he was asking for a fight when he nominated Bolton. His choice for Bolton's successor and how the Senate Democrats handle that nomination should demonstrate how much the spirit of cooperation and compromise will really prevail during the next two years.

The above editorial excerpt is from the Naples (Fla.) Daily News.