Regarding the constitutional duty of the Senate to give “advice and consent” on the Executive Branch’s judicial nominees, one senator said this responsibility doesn’t include denying judges a vote for partisan reasons: “If we don’t like somebody the President nominates, vote him or her down. But don’t hold them in this anonymous unconscionable limbo, because in doing that, the minority of Senators really shame all Senators.” Who said this? Was it a disgruntled Republican, fed up with his colleagues across the aisle, who have taken the novel approach of filibustering George W. Bush’s nominees? No, it was Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Leahy said this in 1998 (when Bill Clinton was president). Can anyone guess why he has changed his mind?
Posted on March 17, 2005 by Stan Guthrie
About Stan GuthrieStan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's Tell Me More, WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio's New Day Florida. A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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