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The 'nuclear option' is long overdue


Date published: 12/9/2013

The 'nuclear option' is long overdue

The Constitution lays out the Senate's responsibility in this regard as clearly secondary to, not equal with, the president's authority:

"The President shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law."

The Constitution states "Advice and Consent." It does not say block, redirect, hold up and try to impose the will of the Senate minority party on the nominations and actions of this or any other president.

And so Democrats have finally had enough with a Republican Party that seems determined to pitch a temper tantrum about everything the president and Democrats try to accomplish. Apparently, in their limited view of democracy, it does not matter that the president won two elections.

David Nelson

Fredericksburg