Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat and a member of the committee, told reporters it would be "a shame" if Mr. Bush makes his nomination "without real face-to-face, back-and-forth consultation." Democrats argue that this is the correct meaning of the Senate's constitutional "advice and consent" role.
Schumer and the other "already-hot-under-the-collar and itching-for-a-fight" Lefties misunderstand and abuse the US Constitution. The US Constitution says that the presdient shall nominate jugdes and that the Senate shall "advise and consent." The US Constitution DOES NOT say that the president shall ask advise of the MINORITY PARTY in the Senate.
Lefties love to bring up that Clinton consulted with Hatch before he made his two nominations. Well, When Democrat President BJ Clinton consulted with Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, was CHAIRMAN of the Judiciary Committee because the GOP was the MAJORITY PARTY in the Senate; therefore Clinton HAD TO CONSULT if he wanted to get a nominee confirmed by a majority vote.
Therefore, I suggest that Bush consult with Frist and Spector.
IF THE LEFT DOESN'T LIKE IT THEY CAN WHINE ALL THEY WANT!
In a democracy, MAJORITY RULES.
ASIDE: I wish that the Democrats and the Left felt as angry and aggressive about the neojihadists as they do Bush and the GOP! Sadly, they are more concerned about the folks like Clarence Thomas and Alberto Gonzales than they are folks like Zarqawi and Bin Laden. This goes hand-in-glove their insane notions that Gitmo is a gulag, and Saddam was not involved with terrorists. Sheesh!