Breaking: Bolton resigns; Update: George Mitchell on the short list?

Just across at Fox. He’ll stay on until the end of his recess appointment but that’s it. Not a surprise, really.

Bad things happen when you lose your majority.

Standby for updates. While you wait, watch Lou Dobbs’s tribute from a few weeks back.

Update: His recess appointment ends as soon as this session of Congress does, which means he could be out by the end of the week. No more of this, alas:

Update: Interesting:

Although Bush could not give Bolton another recess appointment, the White House was believed to be exploring other ways of keeping him in the job, perhaps by giving him a title other than ambassador. But Bolton informed the White House he intended to leave when his current appointment expires, White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said.

Update: Happy day at Turtle Bay, huh?

Update: Hotline has the text of Bush’s statement. Quote:

I am deeply disappointed that a handful of United States Senators prevented Ambassador Bolton from receiving the up or down vote he deserved in the Senate. They chose to obstruct his confirmation, even though he enjoys majority support in the Senate, and even though their tactics will disrupt our diplomatic work at a sensitive and important time. This stubborn obstructionism ill serves our country, and discourages men and women of talent from serving their Nation.

Update: John Miller suggests Santorum as a replacement. It’d be interesting to watch some of the Dems pull their punches out of residual collegiality but they’d never confirm him. The nutroots wouldn’t let them.

Update: Drudge has a hot tip that George Mitchell is on the short list to replace Bolton. There’s nothing about it on the wires. First Rumsfeld is canned, then Mel “Amnesty” Martinez is nominated for RNC chair, and now allegedly he’s thinking of appointing a Democrat to the UN. He’s really embracing this bipartisan thing, huh?

Potential Machiavellian silver lining: maybe Bush has military plans for Iran and wants to trade on the international goodwill Mitchell earned from the Irish peace process when the attack eventually comes.

Update: The Times is using its story on this to mock Bush.

Update: Video of Bush’s press conference with Bolton is here.