Urbin Report

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Mark these words...

Tony points out what democrat Senator Harry Reid of Nevada (and Senate minority leader) had to say about the Senate and Presidental Judical picks:

Some say that the President is entitled to deference from the Senate in nominating individuals to high office. I agree that such deference is appropriate in the case of executive branch nominees such as Cabinet officers. With some important exceptions, the President may generally choose his own advisors.

In contrast, the President is not entitled to very much deference in staffing the third branch of government, the judiciary. The Constitution envisions that the President and the Senate will work together to appoint and confirm federal judges. This is a shared constitutional duty.

[emphasis added]

I wonder how those words will taste if a democrat is elected President in 2008 and the Republicans still control Congress?
The Washington Post (hardly a tool of the Conservative Right) notes:
"during those six years [of Republican control of the Senate during the Clinton Administration], the Senate confirmed 245 of President Bill Clinton's judges. If Republicans had been applying Mr. Reid's standard, they would have been within their rights to reject them all."