Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Math

Headline: Senate again refuses to confirm Bolton.

According to the crack mathematical theorists at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the 38 Senators who voted against cloiture–the end of the debate, and not actually for or against Bolton’s appointment–is enough to cast the action as though the entire Senate had refused to confirm Bolton.

To express this algebraically:


Compare and contrast this to any action of conservative legislators or leaders, whose mere majority election or decision does not give a mandate for conservatives to speak for all members of a given group.

Update: Apparently, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune has the same mathematicians: Bolton nomination again blocked by Senate