All activity in filibustering and delay has to be seen as a last, desperate move to avoid the inevitable.
Now, is Bolton the perfect person for the position? Not if his grooming faux pas are part of the equation. However, that's not the issue - Bolton's the one that the President wants, and that's the deciding factor.
Is all this just politics-as-usual? Well, for that, see the history:
The U.N. ambassador's position has not traditionally been a big point of contention. Roll-call votes have been required on only one out of every four nominees to the position. The most negative votes anyone has received were cast against Richard Holbrooke, President Clinton's third ambassador. He was confirmed 81-16.Richard Holbrooke's problems were related to financial disclosure of questionable dealings. Holbrooke's personality wasn't the issue, although
his dubious personal qualities--his bullying, his egomania, and his impatient ambitionwhile notable even to those who supported him, didn't seem to hamper his performance on the job, at least enough to keep the Senate from confirming him.
Hey, maybe the problem with Bolton isn't that he's a horrible person? Maybe it's that Bush wants to name someone that the Democrats and RINOs don't think will advance their agenda?
Naw, that couldn't be it. Must be his terrible personality.