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Monday, July 11, 2005

SCHUMER'S CHARADE: The White House war room in charge of Supreme Court confirmation strategy must dance for joy each time Sen. Chuck Schumer proclaims about what kind of justices President Bush must pick. Schumer's main talking point: America needs a "consensus nominee ... to unite rather than divide the nation." My dictionary defines "consenus" as "a group decision in which everyone has equal power and responsibility." Sorry Senator: the Constitution grants to the president the sole power of nominating Supreme Court justice. The Senate's task is to vote on that nominee. I haven't been able to find a single instance during a Democrat presidency when the GOP Senate minority demanded a co-equal role in Supreme Court nominations. Looks like this form of consensus was born with the Democrats under Bush. Let's hope that's where it dies.