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Bolton's Exit Shows Neocons' Lock on GOP

In a hawkish 2016 field, Bolton seemed redundant.
John Bolton, ex-candidate.

John Bolton, ex-candidate.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The winnowing continues. John Bolton, George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations, announced today that he isn't running for president after all.

Up to this point he has talked about running, appeared at candidate forums and run about a million Twitter ads. But for a protest “candidate” such as Bolton, winning the nomination was never the point.