On Senate Consent
Ol' BC read an interesting statistic recently. Of the roughly 150 U.S. Supreme Court justices, only about 25 to 30 (I don't remember the exact number) have deemed it necessary to address the Senate. This seems like a much more cost efficient process compared to the recent bombardment of nominees by the Judiciary Committee. For years it was considered bad manners for a nominee to feel compelled to plead his case to the Senate. Somehow, that has all changed as Senators now seem to want all the TV time they can muster. It appears to me that framers had a pretty good process defined and over the years it has been obliterated. Andrea Neal noted in one of her columns
Alexander Hamilton would be appalled. Special-interest hysteria is exactly
what he and the framers hoped to avoid when they decided that the president
would nominate Supreme Court justices and the U.S. Senate would approve or
Just an observation.