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  •  He's ideologically aligned with the left (3+ / 0-)
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    exterris, VClib, hnichols

    what a shock from a Democratic President.  

    Aren't Presidents supposed to have a Cabinet made up of people who share their political and ideological views?  It's part of that whole "elections have consequences" thing.

    I've always thought that the minority in the Senate (of either political party) was on more defensible grounds in trying to filibuster a judicial appointment -- which is lifetime, and lasts long after the President is gone -- than in trying to filibuster a cabinet appointment, which only lasts as long as the President is in office, and where a President should have more leeway in appointing people because their political and ideological views agree with his/hers.  

    That's a purely a constitutional/policy position on my part.  I suspect Sen. McConnell is not thinking in those terms.  Apparently, he must think there is something in this man's background that he can use to score political points against the President, at least with his base (and at least until he gets past primary season) or he wouldn't be doing this.

    •  I think all nominees should have up or down votes (1+ / 0-)
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      based on some reasonable schedule. Maybe it's as long as six months for the SCOTUS, and as short as 60 days for sub-secretaries, with appeals court judges, district judges and cabinet posts in between.  

      I agree with coffeetalk that Presidents should have wide latitude with Executive Office appointments and more review is due life time judicial appointments.  

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:06:27 AM PDT

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