“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
I find this very interesting to be arguing procedure on this. I have always felt a president, any president ought to be able to appoint who he wishes. But I also like the confirmation process and I think if we had two different senate leaders beside Reid and McConnell that this problem, this precedence would have never come up. Their problem, both of them is that both work on this my way or the highway approach. This would have never happened or would have been necessary is the leaders were Mitchell and Dole or even Daschle and Lott. But even so, the cat is out of the bag, the precedence set. So now we shall see how this is used in the future on all nominees and legislation.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. – J Robert Oppenheimer.
We aren't talking about the end of all opposition. Republicons can still debate a nominees qualifications and if their points are valid minds can still be changed.
Not many minds need to be changed to deny a nominee their appointment.
They can't just delay forever and for no reason.
A lot closer to democracy than to anarchistic obstruction IMHO.