Senatorial holds… This particularly interesting fact emerged…
Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma certainly set a new standard in the wars of advice and consent when he held more than 30 judicial nominees hostage in a battle with the president over an unrelated recess appointment.
Even granted that Inhofe is something of a fruitcake, this is pretty impressive.
As of last week, 17 other senators–ranging from conservatives such as Jesse Helms (N.C.) and Bob Smith (N.H.) to moderates such as Pete Domenici (N.M.) and George Voinovich (Ohio)–had joined Inhofe in officially placing “holds” on the confirmation of anyone Clinton appoints to fill any of the 77 current judicial vacancies.
The move was an attempt to get back at Clinton for recess appointments, done while the Senate is in recess. You may notice that Bush has made extensive use of this, and the democrats did not copy republican tactics because of it.
Inofe’s excuse that Clinton had not provided a list as he had promised was brushed aside by the GOP leadership.
**TULSA (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe seems defiant, despite being told the White House did provide a list of potential recess appointees before Congress adjourned late last year.
Inhofe, R-Okla., had argued that President Clinton violated an agreement on recess appointments, in which the president bypasses the Senate confirmation process by naming an individual to a position during congressional recesses. Such appointments are constitutional and remain in effect until the end of the following year.
Inhofe vowed to block any appointments recommended by Clinton, whose aides denied an agreement to supply the Senate a list of such appointments had been violated.
John Czwartacki, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott’s spokesman, told the Tulsa World’s Washington bureau that the White House did provide the Republican leader’s office with a list of potential recess appointees prior to adjournment. **
They all play the game, democrat and republican. And all too often the weird and the obsessed among them are calling the tunes.