Somewhere Senator Chris Dodd is jumping for joy.
President Bush has accepted the resignation of United Nations Ambassador John Bolton when his recess appointment expires on January 6.Bolton was a mistake from day one and thankfully we'll never have to have this man represent the United States in the U.N. ever again.
"White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said President Bush was 'surprised' when Bolton submitted his letter of resignation on Friday and that the president 'reluctantly accepted' it," reports CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux.
"Despite the support of a strong bipartisan majority of senators, Ambassador Bolton's confirmation was blocked by a Democrat filibuster, and this is a clear example of the breakdown in the Senate confirmation process," Perino said.
In a statement released by the White Bush, President Bush said he was "deeply disappointed" that some Senators "chose to obstruct" Bolton's confirmation.
UPDATE: In honor of Bolton stepping down, here's a flashback video (hat tip to Scarce).