Here they go with judicial nominations again. Not a single statesmen among the lot of them just a bunch of politicians doing what they do best in Washington DC.
As I posted earlier have 5 set days on which the nomination is brought to a confirmation vote; 20 days after, 40 days, 60 days, 90 days, and 120 days. It is automatically brought to a vote the first sitting of the Senate 60 days after the nomination. The Senate by 75 votes can bring it to a vote 20 days after the nomination, by 67 votes 40 days after, by 34 votes 90 days after, and by 50 votes delay the confirmation vote till 120 days after appointment. Super majorities can bring a nomination forward in time and minorities can delay the confirmation vote. Majorities can not suppress the minority and the minorities can not block the majority. The Senate has every right to confirm and every right to reject but no right to do this routine they do for everything now. Congress has become not just dysfunctional but almost inoperable.
I would change the vote needed to confirm judicial appointments. For the lower courts and appeal courts a 2/3 majority of those senators present and voting with at least 51 senators voting. For all Supreme court appointments an absolute 2/3 majority or 67 votes for confirmation.
What can one say but “Toss the hat one last time”
RIP Mary Tyler Moore 1936-2017
“No strategist worth anything builds on anything other then a solid foundation of facts.” Barry Aulis
Don’t remember Star Wars coming out but certainly remember Empire strikes back. Saw that 5-6 times in the summer of 80. Not that many years older either and it’s the youngest that goes first. A sad goodbye to a courageous princess. RIP Carrie Fisher 1956-2016.
Someone my own age going from a heart attack. He’s just 5 months older. Remember Wham very well from back in our youth and his first couple of solo albums. Too young and condolences to his family and friends. RIP George Michael 1963-2016.
“If you put the cart before the horse, instead of looking at one you are one.” Title gives you a clue.
“Destination, Route, Vehicle, Driver, and not the other way around.”
“If it works, it works, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t, and if this isn’t what the problem is then doing that isn’t going to fix it.”
Shocked and deeply sadden by her passing. Long time viewer of Washington week and it shall be hard watching this week’s show. She will be deeply missed by many. My deepest condolences to her family, friends, and all her co-workers.
Gwen Ifill 1955 – 2016
The regular episode and the extra both devoted to remembering the life and career of Mrs. Ifill. Obviously hard for the panellists to get through and not easy to watch with clear eyes. Downloaded both video podcasts and burned to DVD. A wonderful lady, a principled journalist, and a presence in the lives of all regular viewers of Washington Week that will be greatly missed. Tuesday November 22.
“No matter how many times, or how many fools say it, The sky isn’t Green!”