It’s a constitutional duty, it’s an established precedent, it’s an obligation of the Senate, it’s a smart image to show the world; it’s is full faith in the American promise of a democracy focused on governing and the people’s voice, it avoids treason and complications for the nation’s highest court. The Senate should receive the President’s nomination, hold hearings and vote in regular order and put the nation before the ideology and shenanigans of a party behaving as if it rules rather than governs in partnership with the President!
Logic is widely lacking–often completely absent–in the replies: comparisons are made between conditions completely unequal! To wit: Bork and Thomas both got full hearings! The current Senate and its leadership has promised no hearings–even before a nomination is made!
The President has said the Senate has the right to reject the nominee but not the process proscribed in the Constitution, or the centuries old precedents that guide deliberations. Not payback, Dana, but fair play!
It is utter foolishness to confuse order and precedent with anarchy; that sort of inverted nihilistic reasoning determines the outcome and damns the difference.
Time not withstanding, the Constitution says with the “advice and consent of the Senate;” to withhold that advice fails the process proscribed: the absence of time limits does not lessen or reduce–or eliminate–the mandated directive to advise. Every day that passes after a nominee is put forth is a failure to perform a constitutionally mandated function: the law says plainly, advise. That duty cannot be escaped by limitless delays. The absence of a penalty does not change the duty; constitutional law is not criminal law–it specifies duties to be carried out; the failure to do so cannot be overcome by appeals to time that ignore and suborn the written mandated duty. Time, used to hide behind as a technicality was never intended to be a factor among the honor of good men.
The Right to Sue the Gun Industry – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/1XI9sEb
(Read the 18 replies by clicking though on the link above. /wr)