After allegations that Bolton tried to use the NSA to apparently spy on a high-ranking state dept official, probably Richard Armitage, who was Colin Powell's chief deputy. Democrats on the Committee wanted to go into closed session to be able to discuss those new allegations freely. Republicans voted no. So, open session......and the Republicans only have themselves to blame that it then resulted in us being able to watch them getting bombed live on C-Span (for those of us that watch C-Span). Originally, it was thought they had all 10 votes needed.......but then one of them broke ranks near the very end of the meeting! Voinovich -- Republican from Ohio. So, with a potential 9-9 vote (which would have effectively KILLED the nomination, rather than passing it), the Repubs had no choice but to tuck their tails between their legs and agree to postpone the vote until after the next recess. 3 weeks, during which time the new allegations will be "thoroughly vetted". I would be willing to bet even money that Bolton withdraws his name.