posted by Mark Moore (Moderator) at Thursday, May 26, 2005
Extraordinary Circumstancesby Eli HarveyWell, well, well...the defection of seven Republican senators and their alignment with seven, liberal Democratic senators has molded a new “deal” that has ostensibly --miraculously-- “saved” the senate. It was my thought that that occurred when the Republicans took control.For over 200 years the senate operated successfully. But, that was then and this is now. There was no talk of difficulty when the Democrats were in control. For 40 years they controlled the senate. Want to guess what would have happened had a self-asserting 14 tried then what this group of arrogants tried?Chafee (RI), Collins (ME), DeWine (OH), Graham (SC), McCain (AZ) and Snowe (ME) gave me no surprise. They’re all liberal, despite the fact that they prefer seclusion behind the “moderate” veil. But, Warner (VA)? How could he have allowed himself to be numbered among such? Oh, was anyone surprised to see Mark Pryor among the fourteen? He’s Arkansas’ junior senator. Has his activity in the senate elevated him to such an austere claim? Or was he there because of his daddy’s name? Sorry, but I’m just not familiar with his superb, legislative achievements. Last time I looked, he’d hardly learned what it meant to respond to constituents.Moreover, the fourteen all staunchly defend the “extraordinary circumstances” phrase –a phrase none of them has yet clearly defined. One clue as to what the phrase means, however, may be contained in their insistence that the President “consult with the Senate before he sends a Supreme Court nominee for confirmation.” Where, pray tell, do we find that in the Constitution?Gary Bauer, one-time presidential hopeful, asks some poignant questions:Let’s think about that for a moment. Who is the president supposed to consult with? Is it Minority Leader Harry Reid, who recently called the president “a loser”? Should he consult with Senator Robert Byrd, who has compared Republicans to Nazis? Or perhaps he needs to get the permission of Senator Salazar of Colorado, who said that Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson (who has devoted his entire life to helping American families), is the “anti-Christ.”Judge Priscilla Owen won senate confirmation today; albeit, along a largely party-line vote. We can probably expect the same for Judges Brown and Pryor. But, just wait until the President neglects to “consult” with the senate --or until there is a Supreme Court vacancy! It’s then that we’ll learn what “extraordinary circumstances” means.
Actually, Mark, the Democrats this last turn, have controlled the Senate for eight years. The Senate from 1980-1986 was controlled by a Republican Majority of 55-45.As far as the President consulting, it's a Constitutional stipulation....the President gets to ADVISE on his nominees, but the SENATE must CONSENT to the choices.As the kids say today, don't hate the player....hate the game!
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