This is great news. Harry Reid said that “Nowhere in the Constitution does it say the Senate has a duty to give presidential nominees a vote.”
Therefore, we can extrapolate from that Republicans in Congress have no obligation to approve any of Barack Obama’s nominees to the Supreme Court.
Of course he said it in 2005, not this week, but he said it and we should listen to him!
The troubling aspect of all this is that some Republicans will vote for an Obama appointee despite the fact that it’s common knowledge it will end any chance Republicans have to protect our freedoms. This is a pivotal moment in the Republic and the wrong decision would fundamentally change us. Our freedoms hinged on five Justices and one is deceased.
This is what Reid said:
“But sadly now, the President of the United States has joined the fray and become the latest to rewrite the Constitution and reinvent reality. Speaking to fellow Republicans on Tuesday night, two days ago, he said that the Senate and I quote, ‘has a duty to promptly consider each nominee on the Senate floor, discuss and debate their qualifications, and then give them the up or down vote they deserve.’
Every one of the ten that he speaks of have had votes. Every one of them. Right here on the Senate floor people walked down to these two tables, their name was called and they voted. And referring to the president, duty to whom? The radical right who see within their reach the destruction of America’s mainstream values?
It’s certainly not duty to the tenets of our Constitution or to the American people who are waiting for progress and promise, not partisanship and petty debates.
The duties of the United States Senate are set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere in that document does it say the Senate has a duty to give presidential nominees a vote. It says appointments shall be made with the advice and consent of the Senate. That is very different than saying that every nominee receives a vote.”
That’s true. It’s advice and consent as he said.
Now listen to what the little weasel is saying today.
In a Washington Post op-ed published Monday, the Nevada senator claimed Republicans have “insulted” the American people’s intelligence by “pretending there is a historical precedent for what they are about to do.”
“If my Republican colleagues proceed down this reckless path, they should know that this act alone will define their time in the majority,” Reid wrote. “Thinking otherwise is fantasy. If Republicans proceed, they will ensure that this Republican majority is remembered as the most nakedly partisan, obstructionist and irresponsible majority in history.”
In 2005, it wasn’t reality, now it’s fantasy.
He’s a weasel who lies and has no moral core. Other than that I’m sure he’s a great guy.