Ambivablog mentions the temporizing and alternative-appointee speculations of Washington Times columnist (and Ambivablog friend) Barry Casselman regarding John Bolton's appointment to be US ambassador to the United Nations.
Three alternatives floated by Casselman: Jeanne Kilpatrick, Newt Gingrich, and Rudy Boschwitz.
My reaction to those names: Gingrich may not regard that as a good spot to promote his hopes for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Kilpatrick and Boschwitz, because of their ages, would be regarded as interim appointments. Boschwitz, given his background, would have the smoothest sailing of the three.
But Tom Friedman had the best alternative suggestion about a month ago: George H.W. Bush, who like Kilpatrick, already served in the UN post once.