I deplore the Democratic Party's politicizing of judicial hearings, but this is not the way to fix the problem.
President Bush yesterday laid out an accelerated method for getting the judges he wants onto the federal bench, brushing aside longstanding traditions by trying to fill vacancies before they occur and demanding that the full Senate vote on all nominees.
The scary thing about this dispute is that I share the same opinion as Ralph Neas,
commisar president of the uber-liberal People For the American Way. Of course, my reasons are not the same as his:
Requiring the full Senate to vote on all nominees "is contrary to about 220 years of Senate history and Senate precedent," he said.
What about the blather about the Consitution being a "living document"? I thought PFAW was "progressive", yet here he is defending hidebound traditions...
My opposition is because it violates the balance of power between the various branches of government, as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. It is similar to the objection voiced by Neas, but it is (in my opinion) a bit more grounded than Neas' babbling.
posted on October 31, 2002 05:05 PM
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