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  •  The word "Consent" in the (none)
    "Advise and Consent" phrase is a verb. The Senate can consent to approve or consent to reject, and can do either according to the rules it has made for itself in accordancwe with constitutional direction.

    In context, "block", (as the indefatigable huckster McClellan so belligerently proclaims), is not the opposite of "consent". "Disagree" is the opposite of "consent; "block" is the opposite of "approve".

    Not only does Scotty not know his language, his logic is flawed to. After all, if he thinks "consent" means to "approve", then why would the Senate bother to vote in the first place, since such a vote would be redundant?

    Defeat the sound-bite.

    by sbj on Tue May 17, 2005 at 09:53:38 PM PDT

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    •  Consent, Part of speech (none)
      Actually, it's a noun:  "with the Advice and Consent of the Senate."
      •  If the phrase is (none)
        "Advice and Consent", then it is in fact a noun, but it's usage does not indicate the Senate is obligated to consent, (in this instance, approve) a nominee. Used as a noun, it is the freedom of the Senate to deny consent that has the anti-democracy wingnuts up in arms.

        People can consent, (verb) to disagree.

        People can give their consent to confirm, or they can give their consent to reject a nominee.

        In any case, all of these definitions reflect principles of our democracy.

        Breaking Senate rules to change Senate rules is an attack on those principles.

        Defeat the sound-bite.

        by sbj on Tue May 17, 2005 at 10:23:17 PM PDT

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        •  Consenting Adults (4.00)
          Oh, yeah.  Consent is obviously something you can withhold.  I know it's not something conservatives specialize in, but laws dealing with rape completely hinge on that.  

          McClellan's formulation is like claiming that everyone who has reached the "age of consent" must agree to have sex on demand.  "Listen, bitch, it's the age of consent, not the age of blocking.  Don't make me hurt you."

          •  Way (way) back in the Seventies (none)
            when Unisex clothing was in vogue, that was precisely the impression conveyed by those who objected strenuously to not knowing at a hundred yards' distance whether an individual was vulnerable to rape. Creepy, disgusting fat old guys used to murmur: "Don't know if it's a girl or a boy," as though this were derogatory.

            I thought it most unsavory, and used to reply: "What business is it of yours? The answer's still No."

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