DCM: The President has had several controversial appointments in his second term. What do you see as the role of the Senate in "advise and consent" and how do you feel about the Republican "Straight up or down" rhetoric?
BAR: Well, I think we can talk about both Judge Roberts and John Bolton. The nomination of Judge Roberts caused people to immediately, and I mean immediately call on the Senate to confirm him. For example, KBH within minutes of the announcement called on her colleges in the Senate to "ensure" that Roberts would be in place by October". Now that's without regard to their investigation and their doing their constitutional duty of advising and part of advising means that you have to be informed. I take that seriously. I think Senator under the Constitution has a duty to advise the President and he or she shouldn't take it lightly. And I think it is an abandonment of your constitutional duty when you call on your colleges to immediately confirm somebody. He may be supremely qualified, but you have to go through the process.
Anyway. It's a good interview, with a lot of substance. I see that BAR has been talking with the DMN, the El Paso Times, and the Statesman lately. I wonder when we'll get to see any stories from those conversations.Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 07, 2005 to Election 2006 | TrackBack