Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Senate, the Constitution and John Bolton

John Warner and Joe Biden just concluded an impromtu colloquium on the meaning of "advice and consent" on the floor of the Senate, going back and forth citing the Federalist Papers and the deliberations of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Senator Warner, one of the leaders of the 14 who crafted the filibuster deal, argued that the President is entitled to have his nominee confirmed. Senator Biden summed up his arguments to vote no on Bolton by saying that his confirmation would not be in the national interest.
Members of the Senate rarely take the time to listen to each other's remarks. It's a rare sight to see Senators having a serious back-and-forth discussion on the meaning of our Constitution.
George Voinovich just read his letter to his colleagues urging them to vote against Bolton's nomination.


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