John Bolton was Jon Stewart’s guest tonight on Comedy Central. It is difficult to imagine a stranger juxtaposition. Stewart had been relentless in his attacks and, quite honestly, former United Nations Ambassador Bolton was an easy target.
Why did John Bolton agree to appear? He had to have known how Stewart had skewered him and how the audience would respond to his mere presence?
Now I know. Bolton has cojones!
He was every bit Stewart’s equal in the debate. He was glib. He was prepared. He gave no ground. He was very impressive in the heat of verbal battle.
As the segment ended, it was clear he had won Jon Stewart’s respect.
He was not the caricature Stewart expected. He surely wasn’t the caricature I expected.