Are you ready for President John Bolton?

posted at 4:27 pm on August 30, 2010 by Allahpundit

‘Stache 2012?

“[I]t is a very great honor that anybody would even think of asking. I’m obviously not a politician. I’ve never run for any federal elective office at all and, you know, it is something that would obviously require a great deal of effort,” he said. “What I do think, though, and what concerns me, is the lack of focus generally in the national debate about national security issues. Now, I understand the economy is in a ditch and people are concerned about it, but our adversaries overseas are not going to wait for us to get our economic house in order.”

When pressed as to whether that means he would consider a run, Bolton seemed to suggest that he might do it, at the very least to help put national security issues at the top of the debate agenda.

“In the sense that I want to make sure that not only in the Republican Party, but in the body politic as a whole, people are aware of threats that remain to the United States. You know, as somebody who writes op-eds and appears on the television, I appreciate as well as anybody that…there is a limit to what that accomplishes,” he said. “Whereas, some governor from some state in the middle of the country announces for president they get enormous coverage even if their views are utterly uninformed on major issues.”

When pressed a third time about running, he said that while “he is not going to do anything foolish,” he added, “you know, I see how the media works…you have to take that into account.”

He’s not saying he’d run to win, as I read him, rather that he’d run to make sure that foreign policy features prominently at the debates and to drag the big cheeses like Romney and Palin to the right. Although (a) I doubt there’s much daylight between the ‘Stache and the cheeses on most FP issues (his enthusiasm for attacking Iran’s nuclear program might be, shall we say, somewhat more robust than theirs), and (b) in theory Ron Paul’s presence at the debates last time should have forced the field a bit to the left on war and a bit to the right on spending and yet I can’t remember any of them saying or doing anything differently to pander to his followers. Where a neoconservative dark horse candidacy might become important (whether it’s Bolton or Liz Cheney or someone else) is if Afghanistan deteriorates further and the right starts to split on whether to stay or go. The fissures are already there per the dust-up between Bill Kristol and Ann Coulter over Michael Steele’s remarks on the war; another 18 months of stalemate in theater will open the rift wider, and then maybe you end up with strong hawks and doves jumping into the race in order to try to drive the party platform. (1968 redux, except on the GOP side this time?) That’ll be a nightmare for the party, as not only does it risk overwhelming the anti-statist message they plan to campaign on but, by driving a deep wedge between neocons and paleocons, it leaves someone feeling alienated and at risk of staying home — or even backing a third-party candidate. Presumably antipathy to Hopenchange on the right will be at such a fever pitch by 2012 that those differences will be put aside for the greater good by November, but who knows?

I hope PPP tosses him in as a wild card for their next 2012 snapshot poll of the GOP field, as I’m dying to know which frontrunner he’d draw the most support from. Oh — and do note in the Daily Caller piece that the ‘Stache is okay with gay marriage and with repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” so long as both are done with proper procedure. Which makes me wonder: Is there any member of Bush’s brain trust who still opposes both of those? Dubya himself is bound to be asked about them during his media tour to promote his memoir this fall. Anyone expecting two thumbs down from him?


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Yes

Jaibones on August 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I’m definitely ready for Bolton to be in an important position in 2013. This man is too effective on the field to stand on the sidelines.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 4:29 PM

But has Regis thrown his hat into the ring as VP?

(truly obscure reference, look it up if you don’t get it)

Merovign on August 30, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Bolton/Palin 2012

Cicero43 on August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Rinos will get Whipstached

William Amos on August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

We’re gonna have fifty people running for president.

Skandia Recluse on August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

As long as we get to hear him repeatedly say “nego-see-ate”, I’m all for it.

Doughboy on August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Bolton would be fine at any post.

Christie/Bolton’12?

Stache & the Fat man ’12.

portlandon on August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

‘Stache/Chuck Norris 2012.

michaelo on August 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM

BTW its not unheard of for candidates to run to get noticed when a new President is elected. George HW Bush would never have been VP if he had of run in 1980.

William Amos on August 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Yes

Jaibones on August 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Concur

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Darth ‘Stache,

I stand ready for your service, my liege.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM

‘Stache/Chuck Norris 2012.

michaelo on August 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM

.
.
Winner!

LincolntheHun on August 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM

If we could just combine all these candidates into one person.

portlandon on August 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Yes! I want him to get in Chuck Schumer;s face and tell him to go f himself.

SouthernGent on August 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Absolutely! No wimp there. You won’t find him on any girlie bike with a dork helmet.

sandee on August 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I don’t think he’s the Presidential type. I do think he should be fricking Secretary of State, like, yesterday.

WitchDoctor on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

portlandon on August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Can’t they just clone the stache and have mini stache? I don’t want the fat man, honestly.

upinak on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

To be honest can anyone name any GOPer with greater Foreign policy experience than the Stache ?

William Amos on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

This man is too effective on the field to stand on the sidelines.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Definitely agreed. In whatever capacity we can get him, we need him.

Bee on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

I’m just guessing here, but I don’t think there are any photos out there of John Bolton riding a girls bicycle with a bell-ringer on it.

I’m thinkin’ Harley.

Bolton is to Obama as Jack-Hammer is to Feather-Duster

fogw on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Anybody taken the domain cash4thestache yet?

Christien on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

BEEN READY.

greggriffith on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Before the boogey man gets into bed at night, he looks under it for John Bolton.

Akzed on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Looks like TR in that Pic.

Speak softly and carry a big stick.

TheBigOldDog on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

He’d run out of missles.

mizflame98 on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

An interesting thought to be sure, but . . .

I’d rather see him as the SecState.

[A] They’d (the Left) would have a collective cow as he walked in the door.

[B] And the heads would start rolling out of Foggy Bottom shortly thereafter.

That would be a sight to see.

CPT. Charles on August 30, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I’ve been asking why Bolton isn’t seriously considered for the VP slot for the past three years. Nice to see some others are beginning to ask as well.

DaMav on August 30, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I hope he’s running:
His candidacy will help focus the American mind on what real, effective foreign policy looks like and is about, unlike the Leftist mess we’re getting from Comrade Urkel and Madame “Reset button” Hillary.

Jenfidel on August 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

do note in the Daily Caller piece that the ‘Stache is okay with gay marriage and with repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” so long as both are done with proper procedure. Which makes me wonder: Is there any member of Bush’s brain trust who still opposes both of those? Dubya himself is bound to be asked about them during his media tour to promote his memoir this fall. Anyone expecting two thumbs down from him?

The ‘Stache went on a log cabin republican cruise IIRC…

I bet Bush still opposes gay marriage and I bet he’d refrain from commenting on both…

ninjapirate on August 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

‘Stache 2012?

I think Ahneedadinnerjacket just shiite in his tent.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

I’d vote for him and I’d vote for his ‘stache as VP.

Redneck Woman on August 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

He can pick his ‘stash for Veep!

dczombie on August 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

He’ll bring back the ‘stache……

jbh45 on August 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Redneck Woman on August 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

You beat me.

dczombie on August 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM

If we could just combine all these candidates into one person.

portlandon on August 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Having several strong candidates on a platform touting logic will be the best message going into the election season.

As opposed to a handful of democrats bragging about lives touched or lobbing spiteful attacks against Bush.

It will be a sharp and appealing contrast.

sherry on August 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM

GALLUP: Republicans now hold ten-point lead on Congressional generic ballot.

They held just a five-point lead in 1994.

amerpundit on August 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM

‘Stache is okay with gay marriage and with repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” so long as both are done with proper procedure

Funny you should mention that. My husband who is active duty was issued a survey 4 weeks ago about his feelings on the DADT repeal. Then last week as a military wife I got mine in the mail. They questions are almost unanswerable. They speak in generalities and are open to a broad stroke of interpretation. Most involved how we would feel if a gay military member and their “partner” moved in next door to us in base housing.

My favorite question is
“Assume you had a choice on where to live, how important would a repeal of DADT be to you in considering where to live.”

Um last time I checked I could live where I chose. When did that change?

milwife88 on August 30, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Oh my.

-Ed

H377 YES!!!!

CynicalOptimist on August 30, 2010 at 4:38 PM

I heard awhile back that he was advising Palin. I’m a big fan of both of them, so it’s all good.

juliesa on August 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Coming soon: The World Apologizes to America Tour

Christien on August 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Love Bolton. No one delivers the straight talk like he does.

Clarence Thomas tells a great story about him in his memoir My Grandfather’s Son, but I won’t ruin it for those who haven’t read the book.

Missy on August 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

He does look kinda like Teddy Roosevelt…

Skywise on August 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

cash4thestache.com is not taken yet. [big hint to someone]

Mary in LA on August 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Here’s how good Bolton is on foreign policy. Bill Maher who has to be the biggest blowhard on TV was left speechless when the Stache explained why our presence in Afghanistan is so important with regard to the unrest in Pakistan.

Doughboy on August 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Can’t they just clone the stache and have mini stache? I don’t want the fat man, honestly.

upinak on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

You got it Upi.

Stache/Stache ’12.

Double Down.

portlandon on August 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Um last time I checked I could live where I chose. When did that change?

milwife88 on August 30, 2010 at 4:38 PM

PPP polling in a envelope near you? What a weird survey.

upinak on August 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Before the boogey man gets into bed at night, he looks under it for John Bolton.

Akzed on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

‘Stache/Teh Fred! 2012

Teh Fred! tweets…

ABC’s Chris Cuomo: don’t condemn Muslims, remember Crusades.

I’ll stop when they go 700 years w/out blowing something up.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

You bet!

Gob on August 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

BTW I’d rather see him as SecState than VP because it’s a far more important position and perfectly suited to his skills. But like others have said, I’ll take him in whatever capacity he’s willing to serve.

Missy on August 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Coming soon: The World Apologizes to America Tour

Christien on August 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Love it!

sherry on August 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

He’d run out of missles.

mizflame98 on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Nope. Just fund additional factories. We need the jobs! :)

Phil-351 on August 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

CPT. Charles on August 30, 2010 at 4:35 PM

YES! I’d take him at just about any office, but Sec of State would be perfect.

IrishEyes on August 30, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Bill Maher who has to be the biggest blowhard on TV was left speechless when the Stache explained why our presence in Afghanistan is so important with regard to the unrest in Pakistan.

Doughboy on August 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Do you know if there is a transcript or video of that? I’d love to see it.

Missy on August 30, 2010 at 4:42 PM

upinak on August 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

The survey came from the Department of Defense.

milwife88 on August 30, 2010 at 4:42 PM

It’s been too long since we have had a real mustache in the oval office.

Rocks on August 30, 2010 at 4:42 PM

drag the big cheeses like Romney and Palin to the right

Huh? Palin more to the right on FP than Bolton? My impression is that she and Bolton are pretty close alfready. In fact, she may be less of a neocon than he is. What do you mean by that AP?

As for Mitt, have no clue and don’t really care…

davek70 on August 30, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Stache & the Fat man ’12.

portlandon on August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

This, for me!

RushBaby on August 30, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I don’t think Bolton should be running for office. But if he could whisper foreign policy recommendations into the ears of Sarah Palin or one of the other GOP candidates, in return for being appointed Secretary of State if that candidate wins, he could have a profound effect on future foreign policy post-2012.

Exit question: What is Condoleezza Rice up to these days?

Steve Z on August 30, 2010 at 4:43 PM

He is a fine, bright, and honorable man. However is he electable. Remember how the left tried to destroy him after his recess appt. That still makes me angry to think about. The left isn’t out to discredit, they are out to destroy anything but their own.

rjoco1 on August 30, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I would have to know his other positions, but he is the man on foreign policy.

Southernblogger on August 30, 2010 at 4:44 PM

GALLUP: Republicans now hold ten-point lead on Congressional generic ballot.

They held just a five-point lead in 1994.

amerpundit on August 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM

I think per Geraghty last week, they were five points ahead in July 1994, but tied in August. If true, wow.

Missy on August 30, 2010 at 4:44 PM

The survey came from the Department of Defense.

milwife88 on August 30, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Oh dear Jesus. Ya know (and I am sure you do), I don’t remember crap like these stupid surveys under a republican president. Do you?

upinak on August 30, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Huh? Palin more to the right on FP than Bolton? My impression is that she and Bolton are pretty close alfready. In fact, she may be less of a neocon than he is. What do you mean by that AP?

As for Mitt, have no clue and don’t really care…

davek70 on August 30, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Sorry got my names mixed up… should be Bolton more to the right than Palin??

davek70 on August 30, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I don’t think he’s the Presidential type. I do think he should be fricking Secretary of State, like, yesterday.

WitchDoctor on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

If only the “present” Zero-in-chief would pick his people based on qualifications and not political connections….

That said,

BOLTON / NUGENT 2012 !!!!!!!!

Give ‘em hell!

UltimateBob on August 30, 2010 at 4:46 PM

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

ThePrez on August 30, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Overwhelmingly ‘Stache.

the_nile on August 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I don’t think he’s the Presidential type. I do think he should be fricking Secretary of State, like, yesterday.

WitchDoctor on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

I suspect the prospect would terrify many folks over at Foggy Bottom. But is he confirmable?

novaculus on August 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Bolton/Palin 2012

Cicero43 on August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Actually Palin/Bolton.

MainelyRight on August 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

The fissures are already there per the dust-up between Bill Kristol and Ann Coulter over Michael Steele’s remarks on the war; another 18 months of stalemate in theater will open the rift wider, and then maybe you end up with strong hawks and doves jumping into the race in order to try to drive the party platform. (1968 redux, except on the GOP side this time?)

Allahpundit, what would make you think that the GOP would fritter away its bona fides on the FP/Defense issues just because two political pundits have a public disagreement. There’s a reason why Ron Paul is still a Republican, despite his kookery over the FP exploits of this nation.

BradSchwartze on August 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

upinak on August 30, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Never. It’s really creepy. It covers military housing for gays and if we know of any gays in the military do they attend functions such as squadron picnics and parties as often as non gays, stuff like that. It is strange. There really is no safe answer other than “I don’t know”.

milwife88 on August 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

it is odd to see all these comments. I really think Bolton is the Dark Horse… as no one yet in these comments has said no to Bolton. We all seem to agree on him.

Hmmmm

upinak on August 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Bolton/Brewer has a nice ring to it!

ReneePA on August 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

We are going for the coolest stache combo ticket ever.
Bolton/Selleck 2012

Rocks on August 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Concur

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM

KNO WAI! he’s too divisive…

the_nile on August 30, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Oh great. Perpetual freaking war. I’ve had enough of our military being over-extended.

True_King on August 30, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Stache/Tio Chano 2012

Christien on August 30, 2010 at 4:49 PM

I would like to hear more about him, but I think he would be a great VP for Palin.

sharrukin on August 30, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Do you know if there is a transcript or video of that? I’d love to see it.

Missy on August 30, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Ask and ye shall receive.

Doughboy on August 30, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Oh great. Perpetual freaking war. I’ve had enough of our military being over-extended.

True_King on August 30, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Could it be that the reason for all of these wars is due to ineffective foreign policy in the first place?

Just sayin’……

UltimateBob on August 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

I wonder if he needs a slogan writer?

“John Bolton For President: It’s Time To Rain Blows”

JavelinaBomb on August 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM

That was priceless Doughboy!

ReneePA on August 30, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Ask and ye shall receive.

Doughboy on August 30, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Thank you! Going to watch now…

Missy on August 30, 2010 at 4:53 PM

It will never happen.

faraway on August 30, 2010 at 4:53 PM

bolton couldn’t even get enough votes to get through the senate let alone a national campaign.

unseen on August 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Teh Fred! tweets…

ABC’s Chris Cuomo: don’t condemn Muslims, remember Crusades.

I’ll stop when they go 700 years w/out blowing something up.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Awesome, make that a t-shirt!

He’d run out of missles.

mizflame98 on August 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

He doesn`t strike me as a man who would ever run out.

ThePrez on August 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

If we could just combine all these candidates into one person.

portlandon on August 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Uh, we kinda do, if she runs.

gary4205 on August 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Bolton could very well be the DarkHorse we have been waiting for. I think that he is awesome and I would love to see him serve in some capacity.

ReneePA on August 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM

would love to see him debate Barry Hussein on Foreign Policy….

MASSACRE is the word of the day!!!!!!!!!!

SDarchitect on August 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM

George Voinovich is crying…

KeepOhioRed on August 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM

That was priceless Doughboy!

ReneePA on August 30, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Yes it was. That smirk of Maher’s – I just wanted to smack him, but Bolton delivered very calmly.

Missy on August 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM

“John Bolton For President: It’s Time To Rain Blows”

JavelinaBomb on August 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM

T-shirt.

ThePrez on August 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I’m with others who say they’d rather see Bolton and his awesome ‘stache as Secretary of State. That’s the job this man was born for.

Just give him the job and let him roll.

I believe he and President Palin would work very well together.

gary4205 on August 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Where a neoconservative dark horse candidacy might become important (whether it’s Bolton or Liz Cheney or someone else) is if Afghanistan deteriorates further and the right starts to split on whether to stay or go.

There is a big split already, and has been for some time, between real conservatives and the Islam Hearts and Minds crowd. If the latter lash the Republican party to an even further deteriorating Afghanistan they could do us in.

Tav on August 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Are you ready for President John Bolton?

OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!

Lady Heather on August 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

would love to see him debate Barry Hussein on Foreign Policy….

MASSACRE is the word of the day!!!!!!!!!!

SDarchitect on August 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM

naah, I’m sure Barry would just flip him the bird while pretending to scratch his temple. That would put Bolton in his place!

/sarc

UltimateBob on August 30, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Stache/Chete 2012

Christien on August 30, 2010 at 4:59 PM

National security is important, but it’s not important as:

1) Controlling spending
2) Controlling immigration.

So, how’s about Bolton for Secretary of Defense, serving under Christie/Brewer? :)

Tzetzes on August 30, 2010 at 4:59 PM

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