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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Day Twelve

This is the kind of callousness that rules the day. From the New York Post.

The time has come to let Terri Schiavo die with dignity - and in peace. (

She is being peacefully starved to death. Do these people not see that?

For twelve days there have been armed guards at her bedside preventing her mother from moistening her cracked and bleeding lips. Her vital organs are now failing. Her skin has dried and begun to flake. Her eyes have sunken in. Jesse Jackson - God bless him - was denied the opportunity to pray at her side yesterday.

Yeah. That's dignified all right.

I've never been so ashamed of us in my life.

Murder with dignity. Welcome to the dawn of a new age.

Thinking Outside The Box

This is why I pay dearly for a Wall Street Journal subscription. These guys are smart.

The Byrd Option -- II

Robert Byrd is an expert on Senate rules and procedures, on which he has written a four-volume history. So we paid notice when a friend called our attention to the West Virginia Democrat's latest pronouncement on the confirmation of President Bush's judicial nominees.

Shortly before Congress recessed for Easter vacation, here's what the Senator said on Fox's "Hannity & Colmes": "The President is all wrong when he maintains that a nominee should have an up-or-down vote. The Constitution doesn't say that. The Constitution doesn't say that that nominee shall have any vote at all. There doesn't have to even be a vote."

As the Senator says, Article II of the Constitution is silent on how the Senate shall exercise its "advice and consent" power in confirming judicial nominees. For more than 200 years, however, that body has interpreted the Founders' injunction to mean that a simple majority of Senators -- 51 in our age -- must vote to confirm. That's why we cried foul in President Bush's first term when Democrats filibustered 10 appeals-court nominees, thereby denying them an up-or-down vote on the floor -- even though every candidate had the support of a bipartisan majority. A vote to end a filibuster requires a super-majority of 60 Senators.

But now that Senator Byrd has expressed the view that the Senate doesn't have to vote at all, here's a better idea for ending the impasse over judicial nominations: Fifty-one of the 55 Republican Senators can simply send the President a letter expressing their support for his candidates. Under Mr. Byrd's Constitutional analysis, the Senate will have exercised "advice and consent" and the judges will be confirmed.

All in favor ...

I'm Alive And Well

For those of you wondering why I've not had any new entries for this weblog since yesterday morning, Blogger.com has been "experiencing difficulties beyond their control."

And here I had so much to say ...