They complain that President Bush should not work with democrats on judicial nominees because it would chip away at his power. Did they forget that
February 28, 2005

They complain that President Bush should not work with democrats on judicial nominees because it would chip away at his power.

Did they forget that in Orin Hatch's autobiography, in that he talks about what President Clinton did. He says that President Clinton came to him and said, 'Give me some suggestions as to who you think could be approved.' And he suggested, Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he suggested Breyer and Ginsburg. And sure enough, they were submitted by President Clinton, and with no problem they were approved.

Harry Reid on MTP suggested: That's the same model that President Bush should follow.

Their post: Let the Democrats be Democrats

We're big fans of Andrew McCarthy. However, I'm unable to find any merit in his suggestion in today's NRO that the Bush administration consider conferring with a "bipartisan" group of Senators about judicial nominations. McCarthy notes that Senator Charles Schumer has proposed the creation of a "small, bipartisan group" of senators that "should meet with the president sometime in the next few weeks and eventually even make joint recommendations to the president of nominees that are highly qualified and could get broad, bipartisan support in the Senate." McCarthy states that this suggestion should not be dismissed out-of-hand.

In Bush's acceptance speech:

Reaching these goals will require the broad support of Americans. So today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent: To make this nation stronger and better I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation. We have one country, one Constitution and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America.

HINDROCKET agrees: It would be hard to think of a worse idea than setting up a mall, bipartisan group of Senators who would suggest the names of "highly qualified" judges who would receive "broad, bipartisan support in the Senate."

Lest they forget that Hatch blocked nearly 60 of President Clinton's judicial nominees through secret, anonymous holds and other secretive, non-transparent Republican tactics.

This is the perfect time where Bush could put his money where his mouth is. It's just another case of the "knee-jerk" conservatives crying to get their way. Partisan politics like this will keep the nation split right down the middle. Conservatives like Powerline are not about a strong, unified America. It's all about being a "King Baby"wanting to have their way.

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