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  •  Gang of 14 not "bipartisan." (0+ / 0-)

    I have a question for the Gang of 14: Did the Founding Fathers require that some offices be filled "By and with the advice and consent of the Senate" to make it harder to put ideologues and partisan hacks in those offices, or did they think that the ability to appoint these partisan hacks and ideologues should be the reward for a party winning both the Presidency and the Senate?

    I don't think the reason they didn't call confirmations "rubber stamps" or Mickey Mouse exercises" was entirely because vulcanized rubber was a century in the future and Walt Disney two. I think that if they had come back and seen the extremists that Bush sent the 109th Congress; they would have said that a filibuster was much the lesser evil.

    A radical professor in the 1970s introduced me to the concept of a "One and a Half Party System," where one party would want people to think they were opposing the other, but would really try to make their opposition futile. The 7 Democrats in the Gang have shown they were more afraid of "going to the mattresses" than they were willing to stand up for principle. Their reaching an agreement with the Republicans shows they weren't bipartisan. Sesquipartisan is more the word for their actions.

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