Yet Another Schumer Bratty Meltdown
Yesterday's crybaby pout by Chuckie just about sealed the deal. As reported by Politico:
New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a powerful member of the Democratic leadership, said Friday the Senate should not confirm another U.S. Supreme Court nominee under President Bush “except in extraordinary circumstances.”Schumer presumes to re-read the Constitution because a slim and iffy one-vote conservative majority is "dangerously out of balance."
“We should reverse the presumption of confirmation,” Schumer told the American Constitution Society convention in Washington. “The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Roberts, or Justice Ginsburg by another Alito.”
If his hissy-policy were to become the policy of the land, attrition would gradually lead us to a one-vote majority again -- the one vote of the last surviving Supreme Court Justice. Then, no Supreme Court at all.
The Constitution recognizes the president's right to nominate Supreme Court justices and the Senate's right to "confirm." Schumer, in the words of White House spokesperson Dana Perino, is showing "a tremendous disrespect for the Constitution" by suggesting that the Senate not confirm nominees. Politico continues the quote:
"This is the kind of blind obstruction that people have come to expect from Sen. Schumer. He has an alarming habit of attacking people whose character and position make them unwilling or unable to respond. That is the sign of a bully. If the past is any indication, I would bet that we would see a Democratic senatorial fundraising appeal in the next few days."Naming Supreme Court justices is the juiciest fruit the president gets in return for being elected, juicier by far than Air Force One and bands playing Hail to the Chief at every turn. It's a hard-earned gift bestowed by the Constitution, and Schumer would do well to think twice before shooting off his big mouth.
The day will come, and unfortunately it may not be too far away, when there is a Dem president and a GOP Senate.