Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Specter's Gall

From Yahoo:
Specter said he suggested the president delay picking O'Connor's replacement until more is known about the judicial philosophy of Roberts.

"The president was noncommittal," the Pennsylvania Republican said. "The body language was not very positive."
I'll bet. Why should President Bush give up his constitutional prerogative to appoint new Supreme Court Justices simply so as to satisfy Specter's idiosyncratic and personal feelings?
Specter said he has talked to O'Connor about staying on through the June term. "I talked to her and she's prepared to do that. It would be quite a sacrifice for her, but she's prepared to do it if she is asked. By next June we'll know a lot more about Judge Roberts ... than we do today."
Doesn't this take a bit of gall? O'Connor clearly wants to retire, and Specter is privately urging her to stay simply because of his own ideological agenda? Amazing.


Blogger David Sucher said...

Yes, it's shocking. Absolutely shocking. The gall of the man to ask. He should be CRAWLING and thanking our gracious President...why are you even remotely shocked that people ask and demand and suugest and maneuver? People try to get things done and they use evry tool at their disposal.

I am puzzled that you are shocked.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

Well, yes, I've never heard of a Senator going behind his own President's back (Specter and Bush are both Republicans, you know) to ask a Supreme Court Justice not to resign even though she/he has already submitted her resignation. I guess I'm mostly puzzled that the Republicans would allow someone like Specter to chair the Judiciary Committee.

1:05 PM  
Blogger go.123 said...

"Doesn't this take a bit of gall? "

It doesn't take that much gall to tell the president to do something. I'd suspect the president gets it all the time.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

Actus -- I thought it was rather obvious that asking a Supreme Court Justice not to resign even after she has already done so, and asking the President not to nominate a replacement, goes quite a bit beyond merely asking the President "to do something."

4:07 PM  
Blogger Xrlq said...

This strikes me as a tempest in a teapot. As surely as the right to vote entails the right to vote for idiots, advice and consent entails the right to provide bad, unsolicited advice, which I trust President Bush will take for whatever it is(n't) worth.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Justice O'Connor needs to nip this game-playing in the bud and retire effective immediately. If she stays on the bench for just part of the coming year, she won't be able to participate in the decisions next spring, anyway.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Brett said...

One is not amazed at the viper striking at a person's breast, but instead at the person's decision to take that viper to their breast. Spector's behavior is perfectly in character, a character which was well known before Bush exerted himself to save the man's political career from a nearly successful primary challenge.

I've sometimes wondered if Spector isn't there just to provide the President with a plausible excuse for not delivering judicial nominees who are as conservative as he promised...

7:41 PM  
Blogger Vermillion & Pico: Our Political Website said...

Stuart Buck said:

"Specter and Bush are both Republicans, you know."

Well, some of us real Republicans in Pennsylvania know better than that. And when Pat Toomey didn't win the GOP senatorial nomination last year, I cast my vote in the general election for Jim Clymer, the Constitution Party candidate.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Milhouse said...

advice and consent entails the right to provide bad, unsolicited advice,

Yes, but the senate has no "advice" role in the nomination and appointment of judges. The president is supposed to do that all on his own, and all the senate is supposed to supply is "consent".

If you go back to the framers' discussions, it appears that the purpose of giving the senate any role at all, was just in case the president appointed a personal crony who was either a crook or utterly unqualified. The expectation was always that so long as the president picked someone normal, who knew the law and wasn't a mafia consigliere, the senate would consent to the appointment. The idea that a nominee would actually be called to appear before a senate committee, as if they were interviewing him for a job and needed to hear his views, never occured to anyone until about 50 years ago.

12:36 AM  
Blogger Beldar said...

He thinks Justice O'Connor is a super-duper Justice.

9:20 PM  

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