Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Shrinking Senate

TJ brings up a serious problem with the current confirmation process, that is actually most apparent in the case of John Bolton. The White House, in denying bi-partisan requests for documents related to the nominee, has effectively sent the message that it believes the Senate subordinate to the Executive. This was obscured in the recent filibuster fight by the partisanship of that battle, but was clearly present in the rhetoric of a "fair up or down vote," to which the President was supposedly entitled.

If you'll indulge a little bit of political analysis, I suspect that this behavior will lose its effectiveness as the 2006 elections draw near. The President's low approval ratings as well as his lame duck status should make it easier for Senators to assert their independence. Here's hoping, anyway!

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