Heard on the Hill: Love Rooted in Foreign Affairs

Posted June 24, 2011 at 5:45pm

For House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), there is only one swoon-inducing Bolton.

Not the soft-rock-it-for-life superstar Michael Bolton but dreamy former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton.

“I’m glad to welcome back Ambassador John Bolton,” Ros-Lehtinen said at Thursday’s hearing.

“I love John Bolton,” she said, with the corners of her mouth turning up. As they trill on every playground across this great land, Chairwoman, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage.

The foundation for Ros-Lehtinen’s Tiger Beat-sized crush lies not in Bolton’s looks or a mutual appreciation of fabulous facial hair, but rather — as all great loves do — in foreign policy. Specifically the chairwoman and Bolton share a belief in a hard-line Iran policy.

For his part, Bolton, an advocate for stronger Iran sanctions and regime change in the Middle Eastern country, was preaching to an enthusiastic choir of at least one.