Is anyone surprised? I didn't think so.
Bush never misses a chance to use the nomination process to express his contempt for other people. Bolton is fairly typical. Some commentors are saying that the recess appointment with so many questions unanswered will cause Bolton to lack legitimacy. I don't see it that way. Bolton, just by being Bolton and by being Bush's appointment already lacks legitimacy. The UN is aware that he is being sent as a gesture of Bush's contempt for the institution and in order to sabotage the whole idea of multilateral cooperation between equals. Bolton's job is to gut the UN in the name of "reform." Everyone knows that. How could he be less legitimate?
Does the estate of Captain Kangaroo know what happened to his moustache?