Saturday, May 14, 2005

Constitutional Option Anyone?

Apparently the only way to stop Harry Reid is to invoke the Constitutional Option, also known as the nuclear option. I frankly don't care which term is used to describe it as long as it happens. We are giving Senator Reid much more power than his party has earned at the ballot box. If he is going to continue undermining the process and uttering absolute nonsensical and harmful blabber on his self-made bully pulpit, then someone needs to pull the rug out from under him.

The Washington Times today:

Republicans charged yesterday that Minority Leader Harry Reid was wrong to mention on the Senate floor "a problem" he said is in a Bush nominee's "confidential report from the FBI" as grounds for keeping him off the federal bench.
"He shouldn't be pulling this kind of stunt," said Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican. "It is not civil, it is unfair, it is hitting below the belt, and it does ultimately show how desperate the democratic leadership is in the United State Senate."

Apparently, Senator Reid feels he is the poster child for all that is right in America. I beg to differ. It is true he didn't reveal any classified information on the floor of the Senate, but he mentions "a problem with a confidential report from the FBI" simply to raise suspicion. He knows the American people don't have access to this information. He just wants us to take his word for it and create doubt. Anything to slam a Bush nominee is apparently fair game for Senator Reid. If he is the poster child for anything, it is for the absence of decency.

He also knows that his only power at the moment stems from this "super majority" nonsense the Democrats are claiming is required for confirmation of Bush's judicial nominees. It doesn't pass constitutional muster and he knows it, but he will continue this behavior until it is no longer effective. That will only happen when the constitutional option is invoked.

The article continues:

The imbroglio began Thursday when Mr. Reid said Michigan Appeals Court Judge Henry Saad, nominated by President Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, would be filibustered under any circumstances.
"All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report from the FBI, and I think we would all agree that there is a problem there," Mr. Reid said, referring to the FBI file generated from the routine background investigations all judicial nominees must go through.
Colleagues of Judge Saad, as well as Republicans on Capitol Hill, were outraged and accused Mr. Reid of violating Senate rules to smear the nominee.

It's time to pull the rug out from under Senator Reid and stop all of this foolishness. By the way, do you suppose if one were to look in Senator Reid's FBI file they would find any troubling information in there? Maybe, maybe not. But I can guarantee you one thing: He wouldn't want the same done to him as he did to Judge Saad.

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