Treaties aren't ratified either, unless the Senate concurs, Pete. The legislature will sometimes fail to ratify certain things they don't like. Just like the President will fail to sign things into law sometimes. This is the way it is supposed to work. I understand that you don't like that. But failing to work with the President to fill judicial vacancies isn't shirking their duty. It's merely one of a number of ways that our Legislative branch of government can exercise checks and balances on the Executive branch. If you look at history, it is indeed apparent that the currently sitting Legislative branch is using this strategy to a much larger degree than it has in other administrations. This piece by the Brookings Institute gives some numbers:
But the power to appoint governmental agents, or not to do so as the case may be, isn't just an Executive function. The Legislative branch can say no. Either actively or passively.
And you're going out in style too. For old times sake:
If Republicans were so concerned about the Constitution, they'd actually do their job. They apparently are confused about their role when it comes to SCOTUS.
"He (the President) shall have the Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he 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, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments."
I hope this is just part of a huge practical joke. Don't go!
damn..sux for randy culpepper...guess he didnt make the cut
Thank you, Tim. I've enjoyed your column for 24 years, which is how long I've known you, and will miss your acerbic wit and warm charm. Now you can spend more time with your kitties.
It's an inside joke between the voices in his head.
It's actually a smart tactical move to raise hell about vote rigging and election fraud right now and get everybody from the president to Paul Krugman poo-pooing the very idea. Preposterous! Insanity! Dangerous rhetoric!
Then, when the Russians hack the election results, nobody can say squat. They will have to meekly accept President Trump's impossible last hour vote surge in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.
Brac is having an Altered States moment. Too much time in the isolation tank.
@BaB - What?
@BaB - You OK BaBs?
Obviously you can read. Yet, you don't know this. I have to ask myself, "What would ^lk) do?
By the waym, y personal pr)n)v5 is suck it"".
Brac, what do think the communists do to adherents of any religion? And which communists are we talking about? I could tell you stories.
I'm shipping off to Boston. Need to find my wooden leg. You're gonna ha'a to do better than tha' gov.
@BaB - 1994? You're the one who keeps bringing it up.
@BaB - You're not going to tell me?
It seems to me you are the one stuck in 1994. What was so bad about that year as far as you were concerned?
Why do you not know? It's easy enough to learn.
Green Arrow rules. That is all.
So you haven't gotten out of 1994 then. Dang. Thought you could do it.
I'm not going back to get you though.
I was there ONCE. Never again.
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