MoveOn and other progressive, leftist, and liberal organizations keep calling for Senator Chuck Grassley to “do his job.” Which to them means to hold hearings and appoint President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. They site the Constitution stating the Senate’s job is to advise and consent.
These liberal groups fail to enforce the same “rules” when a Republican President’s nominee is being ignored or rejected by a liberal Democrat controlled Senate. And they forget all of history which shows this cycle repeating itself in every Administration.
Likewise these liberal groups don’t understand plain simple English. They fully believe that “advise and consent” means that the Senate will approve any nominee given to the Courts. If this was truly what that phrase meant then Judge Robert Bork would have been on the Supreme Court before his death. But of course the definition would change when a Republican nominates a conservative Judge.
No “advise and consent” does not guarantee the judicial nominee will be accepted. It does not guarantee the judicial nominee will even get a hearing. The Senate has the full right to reject the President’s nominee outright. The only thing a President can do is make a Recess appointment if the Senate goes into a recess. It is in the President’s best interest to submit another nominee.
Just like a parent not giving their consent to a child’s activity at school. Consent is not automatic in most cases and not at all guaranteed to be given. The Senate is not a rubber stamp to the actions of the President.
The Senate is a check and balance against the actions of an executive branch overreaching it’s Constitutional authority. Each branch of government is a separate but equal power. Interwoven to insure liberty over tyranny.
The role of the Senate is either confirm the President’s nominee to the Court or to deny it. In either case the Senate is doing it’s job and so is Senator Chuck Grassley.