Will Of Steel?
Sometimes, you just need a little Spinal Tap…
BooMan hits the same notes of frustration that I’m feeling this morning:
What did the administration buy with the resignations of Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales? Apparently, they bought a get out of jail free card. Whereas, previously, Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy had insisted he would not hold hearings for attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey until he got all his subpoenaed documents, now he appears ready to go forward….
Based on what I learned in Jack L. Goldsmith’s The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration, a full disclosure of the Office of Legal Counsel’s historical legal reasoning on warrantless domestic surveillance and torture would probably lead directly to a slam-dunk case for impeachment…especially of Dick Cheney. It appears that the administration’s decision to jettison Rove and Gonzales has given them some wiggle room.
TheMuck has the full Leahy letter. As if reading about the bait and switch torture memoranda — and lord only knows what else is hidden under the creepy Cheney/Addington infested rocks — weren’t nauseating enough this morning.
Republicans want to force the Senate to approve all four pending FEC nominations at once, in a single vote. The argument is that previous FEC nominations have been considered that way, so this one should be, too. Such nominations are typically paired up, one Democratic nominee, one Republican. And significant opposition is rare, so the Senate has in the past saved itself some time and considered the nominations together. But Von Spakovsky has significant opposition, so some Senators want — gasp! — separate votes on each nominee.
Adam B. notes (in e-mail) that McConnell’s claim of strong precedent for only having paired votes is
iron cladb.s. Way, way back, lost in the mists of time, as far back as May 2000, the Senate did indeed vote separately on FEC commissioners.
And who was in charge of these separate FEC commissioner Senate votes in the year 2000? Why, that would be the Republicans. Mitch McConnell, once again blowing smoke and falsehoods in the name of obstruction. More from KagroX via e-mail:
There’s no rule [requiring block votes on FEC nominees]. McConnell’s claim grows out of the fact that the nominations are paired and that there’s rarely any significant opposition to anyone being named, so by unanimous consent they dispense with the business more quickly by voting on all nominations together. But as DiFi noted in committee, this is only the case when there’s no significant opposition to any nominee, and we’ve been lucky enough that that’s just never been the case, or at least so rarely so that it became routine to vote on all the nominations at once.
What it would take, presumably, is a unanimous consent agreement that all nominations be voted on at once. Otherwise, normal rules of procedure should enable Senators to require separate votes. So an intention to object to such an agreement should at least throw a temporary wrench in the works.
Will the Democratic leadership have the will of steel to call McConnell’s craptastic bluffitude? Just say no to a unanimous consent agreement on Von Spakovsky. No, no…NO. Stay tuned…and call your Senators today and tell them to say “no” to Von Spakovsky.
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