From what I remember at the time, even some of the Republicans in the Senate (Sen. Voinovich notably) did not support Mr. Bolton's nomination and it was pretty clear that he wouldn't have survived confirmation from the whole Senate.
In this ridiculous case, these people have all passed through committee with very little concern and are just waiting to be put on the agenda.
They did the same thing to President Clinton with judicial nominations. The Republicans never actually opposed any of them, they just gummed up the works in the Senate and then complained when the Democrats openly opposed Republican nominees that weren't even deemed to be qualified.
There is no equivocating between the parties here. This is not a "both parties do it" issue. The Republicans have clearly demonstrated that whenever given the chance.
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