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  •  "Consent": (none)
    2. Archaic, to agree in sentiment, opinion, etc; be in harmony

    Possibly it could have simply meant that the Senate should deliberate and come up with a group decision about the nominee.  That is, consent among themselves, not consent to the nomination.

    Darn archaic usages.

    •  Ugh. (none)
      Yes, and I'm no lawyer or anything like that, but there must be those with literal interpretations and historical interpretations (i.e., the constitution only should be interpreted in historical context).  I'm very much of the opinion that the constitution is a living document and that even the literalists/historians know that they are purposefully denying a legitimate, implied opportunity to disagree.
      •  Possibly I didn't make my point clear, (none)
        I was trying to make a historical interpretation, but not reaching the conclusion it seems like you suppose; what I was saying is that "consent" might not be a response to the president at all, but mean something along the lines of "confer and come to an agreement."  And that agreement might be to reject the nomination.

        I don't know whether that's a correct historical interpretation, but that's what I was trying to say.

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