Friday | May 09, 2003
Hatch's hypocrisy knows no bounds
Once upon a time, when Democrats controlled the Senate, if both senators from a state submitted "blue slips" they could block a judicial nomination from their state.
Then the GOP took over, and Hatch snagged the helm of the Senate Judicial Committee. Given President Clinton was in the White House, Hatch changed the rules so that a single blue slip could block a nominee. Jesse Helms used the rule to block every single Clinton nominee from North Carolina.
But then Bush was selected to office, and Democrats could suddenly block Bush's nominees. So Hatch, in a spectacular show of hypocrisy, changed the rule so that two senators had to submit blue slips to block a nominee.
But for Hatch, that wasn't hypocritical enough.
On Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) indicated that the Michigan senators' opposition to the four conservative judicial hopefuls from their state is likely prevent Michigan from additional representation on the court."Hasn't been resolved"?? This is the difference between Democrats and Republicans -- the GOP has no qualms about changing the rules of the game when it suits their needs, damn the response. Republicans have no sense of shame, no sense of playing "fair".
Stabenow’s GOP predecessor, Secretary of Commerce Spencer Abraham, opposed President Clinton’s nomination of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Helene White to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court. She waited four years and did not receive a hearing.I have said this before -- I think the blue slip rule is asinine. Kill it. But it must be done in a way that is fair -- that is, the new rule shouldn't take effect until after Bush's presidency. What was good enough for Clinton is good enough for Bush, but wipe the slate clean for our next president, whether a Republican or Democrat.
But the GOP isn't interested in playing by rules. If a Democrat wins in 2004, who wants to bet that Hatch won't try to go back to Clinton-era rules?Posted May 09, 2003 07:09 AM | Comments (62)