Are obstructionist U.S. Senate Democrats interested in the administration of justice.... or just controlling justice....?
It appears obstructionist U.S. Senate Democrats believe some folks are just more equal than other folks.... when it comes to administration of justice and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. And then, it appears there are some folks whom they believe deserve no just or equal treatment under any conditions.
Falling within the latter category is John G. Roberts, Jr., whom President Bush has nominated to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Since that nomination, the hard-left obstructionist Senate Dems have been scavenging for any shred of information that can be distorted and used against Roberts---including his wife and her personal beliefs.
At the same time, those Dems have been throwing down bright orange litmus test markers on abortion and religion---and setting the parameters for what constitutes the "mainstream," into which the nominee must twist himself to be approved.
Well, I say we need to take a long hard look at the parameters for constitutional, ethical and professional conduct of U.S. Senators engaged in the advice and consent process.... and grade them daily on their conduct in this role they are constitutionally mandated and sworn to perform.
One conduct marker should be their use of unconstitutional legislative holds and filibusters. Nominees are not legislation. Another conduct marker should be their lack of civility and a fair process---with an up or down vote for approval. A third marker should be their use of partisan political litmus tests. A fourth marker should be their use of politics of personal destruction attacks against the nominee.
Dems' destructive personal attacks cause us to think of them in Shakespeare's words, to wit: "Thou art spacious in the possession of dirt.... In civility thou seemst so empty.... You do unbend your noble strength, to think so brainsickly of things.... Assume a virtue if you have it not.... Thou puking idle-headed maggot pie...."
If any of their unconstitutional obstructions are used and conduct markers are violated, the Senators should be ruled out of order and referred to the Ethics Committee. Then a simple majority vote should be called and the nominee, if approved, be voted out of Committee for an up or down vote of the full Senate---another simple majority vote. The Constitution does not require a super-majority vote for the Advice and Consent process.
Of course, it's a "nuclear option." And the Senate Dems will blow up.... But then, they have long since declared war on the Bush Administration and most all of Bush's nominees. So, why not fight back for a change....? It's only fair....
What's that old saw.... "all's fair in love and war....?" Well, as Shakespeare didn't quite say.... Screw loving them, this is war! And losing it is not an option....!