Bob Orr, the eminence-grey, is facing a great challenge these days. He is reportedly traveling back and forth from Washington DC, trying to convince Heritage Foundation, AEI - American Enterprise Institute and the incoming Republicans that UN is "a common good" and Ban Ki Moon should have a second term in office.
But the incoming Republicans and specially the Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, a Cuban-American conservative, who is expected to lead the House Foreign Affairs Committee, don't seem to like very much Ban's and his grey-eminence overture.
Ros-Lehtinen is well known for her fight to bring scrutiny to UN Affairs and deals. A strong supporter of Israel, she will immediately start grilling Ban's Administration and Obama's Rep to the U.N. Ms. Rice on policies toward Myanmar, DPR Korea, Syria and Venezuela.
Meanwhile we believe that it will be extremely hard for Bob Orr to "change" or "buy-out" Ros-Lehtinen and Other Republicans, who are also well known for their proposals for withholding contributions from Ban's Administration in order to force reforms at the UN.
Despite the Senate stayed in Democratic hands, it will be extremely hard for President Obama to win any UN treaties ratification, a process that would require at least 67 votes.