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  •  Unless I am mistaken, Mike Lee (5+ / 0-)
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    is one of the least likely to support Obama or Democratic policies, or assist Obama in a re-election campaign. Isn't he a Tea Party favorite?

    If so, why not nominate someone Hatch recommends? Oh, I see apparently even Hatch is now beholden to the Tea Partiers in that state.

    Is there any truth to the idea that there is a tradition of nominating those attorney who are recommended by a state's US Senators?

    H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

    by Knarfc on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 08:38:30 PM PDT

    •  yes. (4+ / 0-)
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      According to Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, the president "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint" federal judges. The president also appoints United States attorneys. By tradition, the president defers to the recommendations of the home state’s U.S. senators for these positions.

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      by psilocynic on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 08:43:08 PM PDT

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      •  But isn't constrained by them. (2+ / 0-)
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        Funny how you left that part out.  And speaking of reading things in the diary, did you notice that the Patriot Act extensions allow for interm USA appointments without Senate confirmation?

        Ask not what Obama can do for you, but what you can do for Obama!

        by Uberbah on Tue Jul 12, 2011 at 07:27:34 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, US Senators recommend judicial (2+ / 0-)
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      and US attorney nominees for their state. They also have something called blue slip privilege, which allows them to block a nominee from their home state.

    •  "If so, why not nominate someone Hatch (2+ / 0-)
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      recommends?"

      "I recommended him. Sen. Lee recommended him, too," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah's senior senator who plays a key role in judicial and U.S. attorney nominations to Utah. "I recommended him about two or three months ago, so it takes quite a while down at the White House. They do a lot of vetting."

      The GOP wants government to live within their memes.

      by second gen on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 08:50:16 PM PDT

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    •  Obama does not have to nominate ANYONE for Utah (4+ / 0-)
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      if he doesn't want to... and to nominate a Repub when the Repub candidate could very well be Utah/LDS is not smart politics... and it is ALL about politics

      •  So all the career professionals have to suck it up (0+ / 0-)

        and take on extra duties while an important position in the organization goes vacant, for no other reason than there aren't any Democratic Senators or Representatives in Utah?  There isn't any such thing as 'doing more with less';  you either do less with less or you put tremendous pressure on a staff to perform to usual levels without providing all the resources that it needs.   Political considerations aside, I've been dealing with these issues for over a year in another venue, and - quite simply - the lack of that extra body makes life really suck....

        "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

        by Jack K on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 09:36:31 PM PDT

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