Meanwhile, one of the most persistent critics of the UN, Senator Norm Coleman, who chairs a congressional inquiry into the oil-for-food programme, said last week that the controversy over Mr Bolton would soon become irrelevant.
The bottom line, he said, was that Bolton had the confidence of the president, and would be in the post until January 2007 at the earliest.
"He will speak for the president of the United States. He will speak for America."
Does it matter if Bolton is qualified? Does it matter if Bolton misused NSA intercepts? Does it matter if he contributed to a pre-war misinformation campaign? Does it matter if he has the requisite skills to perform his job? Does it matter if he's the best person to represent Minnesotans? No. He has the confidence of the president.
Bush, Bolton, Rove, Palmeiro. The new Mount Rushmore. Just give Smilin' Norm a chisel and a place to stand.