Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., who was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse on Tuesday, told reporters in Rhode Island on Thursday that he would continue opposing Bolton. That would deny Republicans the votes they would need to move Bolton's nomination from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the full Senate.
Dems would have killed Bolton's nomination on the floor anyways, but this saves a collosal waste of time on the floor during the lame-duck session. So much for Bush reaching out across the aisle...
Chafee is about as close to being a moderate, and maybe even a conservative, that the GOP had to offer. He was one of the very few to take a stand in the lying Bush administrations' rush to war with cherry-picked intel.
There are very few differences between Chafee and the Dem that will replace him. Chafee's biggest sin? Being a Republican in the North-East, which obviously made him a dead-man-walking in this political climate.