Monday, March 30, 2009

Violating the Constitution, it's just what Democrats do...

There is a constitutional war brewing, and Texas is in the middle of it. Historically, the Senators of the many states vetted applications for US Attorney, US Marshal, and Federal Judge before passing the names on to the administration for nomination. This is no longer the case as of today. And apparently only for Texas. Lloyd Doggett has managed to talk Obama's Ambulance Chaser in Chief (White House Counsel) into refusing to accept nominations from either of our two Senators, and only accept nominations from the Democratic House Delegation. The Senators will still have the right to shut down nominations from their state in committee however. Constitutionally, the House has no authority over nor input into appointments, so this move by the Obama Administration is usurping our Senator's constitutional authority. Additionally, they are treating Texas differently than the other 49 states.

This outrage will not stand! All 41 GOP Senators have pledged to fillibuster every appointment Obama makes. Let's see how for our Moron in Chief gets....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction: We are either the 54 th or 57 state in B.Hussain Obama's mind. If the RINOs will get off their arses, they have a potential of taking back both houses..... but like they have done since '94 they have been defeating & fighting against themselves... in fact so hard that they only stopped after shear exhaustion!

March 30, 2009 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Sterling Minor said...

I doubt the accuracy of Rorschach's statement that this is the first instance of a president not letting the other parties' senator's chose the US Attorneys.

It is certainly not a Constitutional issue as the power to confer is in the Senate as a body, not in the individual senators of any state.

March 30, 2009 10:34 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Sterling, I am unaware of an instance dating back to FDR. I could certainly be wrong, but I am not aware of an instance. But as the linked article states, Cornyn and Hutchison can block nominations in committee, and 41 GOP senators are all willing to stand up and force filibusters, so it is not smart to piss off someone who you need to further your objectives. The constitutional issue is in imbuing the right to nominate to the house, which has no constitutional authority in that regard, but then again, Obama has never let a lack of constitutional authority stand in his way.

March 31, 2009 6:59 AM  
Blogger JRH said...

It really isn't a constitutional crisis.

The President can appoint whomever he wishes and can solicit suggestions from anyone. It isn't an individual Senator's constitutional authority or right or privilege to submit nominees to a President. However, the Senate must approve the nomination once it is made and by custom, the Senate defers to the Senators of the state where the nominee will serve.

The process used in Texas by which the two Republican senators appointed a comittee which solicited and vetted applicants was put into place during the Clinton administration. The comittee members are not published and it is suspected that most of them are Republicans. When they started the process this year, Doggett, (who never liked the fact that Republicans have the right to breathe in Texas) got involved and lobbied the White House not to accept nominees from anyone but the Democrats in the House.

It's a power play but not a very powerful one for the reason you stated: The House has no say at all in appointments so the Senate will decide. What may happen is that some Democrats may get onto the Texas nominating comittee.

April 02, 2009 12:38 AM  
Anonymous ttyler5 said...


Thanks for the heads up on this.

The Texas electorate --- which overwhelmingly sent our two Senators to DC and would crush Lloyd Doggett like the gnat he is, if he attempted to run statewide --- needs to know that the dem minority in the Texas delegation has pulled this on us.

April 03, 2009 7:43 PM  

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