I didn’t expect John Bolton to endorse any of the GOP candidates, but that the former U.N. Ambassador did so yesterday for Mitt Romney ought least to serve to dispel the by now tiresome chant that the “establishment” is forcing Romney on the party faithful.
Bolton may be the least establishment figure the GOP has who has actually served in high office in D.C., and if you need a Bolton refresher course, here’s the transcript of my lengthy interview with him on the occasion of the publication of his memoir.
When Mitt Romney mentioned that memoir, Surrender Is Not An Option, in an interview with me on December 30 —transcript and audio here— some folks noted the exchange with interest, especially after Newt Gingrich had promised to bring Bolton on board his team as Secretary of State should he win through to the presidency.
The serious and thoughtful Bolton is a favorite with the “national security” wing of the GOP and if he joins Romney, Chris Christie, John McCain, Tim Pawlenty, John Thune and Nikki Haley on the campaign trail in South Carolina, that will be a message that conveys a growing unity, not an “establishment” putsch.