17 May 2005 Majority Leader Frist: Unreasonable?
A quote from today’s Hotline:
“It appears that the Majority Leader cannot accept any solution that does not guarantee all current and future judicial nominees an up-down vote.”
— Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, on the Senate floor, 5/17/05
A quote from the U.S. Consitution:
[The President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for…
I’m just guessing, but I think than when the Founders wrote “advice and consent,” they were thinking of — I know I am going out on a limb here — a vote.
I don’t have to take a position on any particular nominee to know that we elect Senators to vote. If the public does not not like the nominees who are approved (or likes ones who are not approved), the public can let the Senators know the next time the Senators run for re-election.
Ultimately, the public speaks — which is how it should be.