John Bolton is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is best known for his interim appointment of United States ambassador to the United Nations in 2005 and 2006, made necessary by intense liberal opposition to his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
- Bolton is a lifelong conservative who ... played a key role in a major rules fight at the Republican National Convention in Miami, providing staff support to conservatives fighting to stave off "reforms" that would have shifted power to the likes of Nelson Rockefeller and the northeast. ... Bolton stepped forward and convinced his partners to donate the legal time and talent needed to ... [support] Buckley v. Valeo, [which] protected 1st Amendment rights and made it difficult for McCain and his friends to do even more damage to the electoral system last year. [Bolton] worked in the Reagan White House, was dispatched to help reform the Agency for International Development, served as head of the Justice Department's Civil Division under then Atty. Gen. Ed Meese ... [T]he New Republic suggested that when he speaks one hears echoes not of today's trendy "neo-conservatives" but of Jesse Helms and Barry Goldwater. Just so.