July 13, 2005


Bush Begins Consultation With Key Senators (Dan Balz and Mike Allen, July 13, 2005, Washington Post)

[T]he two sides have consulted the Constitution and reread the pertinent Federalist Papers, and both are looking at the record of other presidents for evidence to support their interpretation of what the consultation requires.

If we let our viscera get the better of us, it's easy to lose track of how much more conservative Democrats are than any conservative party elsewhere.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 13, 2005 4:14 PM

The Democrats are impeccably conservative. They believe that the fundamental fact of American life is that we must give unquestioning deference to what the Supreme Court decided 30 years ago.

Posted by: b at July 13, 2005 4:26 PM

"He has gone way beyond what any president has ever done," said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah)"

It's because of Hatch's braggadocio regarding Clinton taking his advice on Breyer and Ginsburg, that we have to watch this pretend consultation. If Hatch had suggested John Ashcroft like a good Republican should have, they wouldn't being boring our b*tts with this kubuki dance. Studying the Federalist Papers? Ha! They wouldn't know a Federalist Paper if it bit them on the *ss.

Posted by: h-man at July 13, 2005 4:32 PM

Yes, even our leftists are surprisingly conservative.

Posted by: David Cohen at July 13, 2005 4:59 PM

The Democrats are not reading the Federalist papers because they belive anything in it. They are doing it because they know how conservative the vast majority of Americans are. The only book they read for guidance is this.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 13, 2005 5:37 PM

Unfortunately there are probably enough RINOs who think advise and consent means more than just voting up or down on a nominee and will gum up the process.

Posted by: AWW at July 13, 2005 7:07 PM

they can't

Posted by: oj at July 13, 2005 7:11 PM

This may come down to what side of the bed Arlen Spector gets up on the day Bush finally announces his court nominee(s). His fixation on looser restrictions on stem cell research may turn into an unstated quid pro quo that no one to the right of Gonzales gets through unless a bill passes allowing the use of leftover embryos from fertility clinics for stem cell research.

Posted by: John at July 13, 2005 10:07 PM

It makes me tremble at the thought that the senate's constitutional responsibilities of advise and consent could depend in any way on the vagaries of the disposition of the likes of a despicable man like Arlen Specter.

How on earth could he have been elected and re-elected so many times from a basically conservative state (commonwealth) like Pennsylvania. Everything about him is sleazy and smarmy.

I'll say one thing about the embryonic stem cell research advocates, they have certainly convinced low brows like Specter and Michael J. Fox that if Bush would only sign the bill, the lame would walk and the halt would talk.

Posted by: erp at July 14, 2005 7:42 AM