Precipice Of A Constitutional Crisis
If you have not tuned in to the Senate's TV channel, C-Span 2, in the last couple days, you should. The Democrat's over-the-top language while debating President Bush's judicial nominations, and Senator Frist’s proposed Senate rule change which would eliminate filibusters that prevent votes on said nominations is something to behold. Marvelous performances full of omissions, exaggerations, half-truths, and outright lies have been given by Senators Chuckie Schumer (D-NY), Robert 'KKK' Byrd (D-WV), and Mark 'Beam Me Up' Dayton (D-MN), among others.
Yesterday, Senator Teddy 'Chappaquiddick' Kennedy (D-MA) called the Republican's refusal to allow 41 Senator's to hold up judicial confirmations an "absolute power grab." Did Kennedy think he was on stage at the Comedy Store on Sunset Strip?
If Barbara 'The Lip' Boxer (D-CA) has spoken on the matter in the last two days, I've missed it, but based on her remarks found in the Congressional Record, May 14, 1997, it is highly likely that Boxer will break ranks with the Democrats and vote to eliminate the filibusters.
According to the U.S. Constitution, the President nominates, and the Senate shall provide advice and consent. It is not the role of the Senate to obstruct the process and prevent numbers of highly qualified nominees from even being given the opportunity for a vote on the Senate floor.
Just kidding... Boxer wouldn't ever break ranks with her Democratic comrades, but her previous comments are a great example of the hypocrisy of the left.
Other examples of the left's hypocrisy found in the Congressional Record from:
Senator Teddy Kennedy, January 28, 1998:
The Constitution is clear that only individuals acceptable to both the President and the Senate should be confirmed. The President and the Senate do not always agree, but we should resolve these disagreements by voting on these nominees - yes or no. As Chief Justice Rehnquist said in his annual report, "The Senate is surely under no obligation to confirm any particular nominee, but after the necessary time it should vote" up or down.
Senator Chuckie Schumer, March 7, 2000:
I also plead with my colleagues to move judges with alacrity--vote them up or down. But this delay makes a mockery of the Constitution, makes a mockery of the fact that we are here working, and makes a mockery of the lives of very sincere people who have put themselves forward to be judges and then they hang out there in limbo.
Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) had a great speech detailing how the Senate governs itself, the rules in effect, and what procedures can be used to change the rules. Democrats should remember the rules are the rules are the rules. When they regain control of the Senate, the Democrats will be free to change the rules back if protecting the rights of the Senate minority is that important to them.
Note: Las Vegas bookmakers have Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) even money to collapse into a puddle of tears on the Senate floor by Monday at 5 P.M. boo-hoo, boo-hoo, boo-hoo
Posted by Rick | May 20, 2005 04:48 AM