Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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I think a lot of them got burned because they failed to catch the fine print in the Patriot Act that took Senate Confirmation out of the appointment process for USA's. Judiciary committee members in the past could virtually appoint the USA in their district by threatening the withholding of confirmation votes. It was extremely valuable to Senators, being able to put a pal in to look the other way when necessary, and it also gave them a plum to negotiate with with other Senators who were not on the JC, swapping a vote for a USA for political favors. I think Gonzo and Rove stepped on what these Senator's saw as their perogative to ok hirings and veto firings, and are pissed the Executive branch, now that they have taken the Senate's confirmation power away, was playing politics with what used to be the Senator's pawns. Spector, who depending on the ebb and flow of Senate majorities is at the very least always the second most powerful man on the Committee, in the old days as Chairman, he could veto any USA simply by not scheduling hearings on the nominee. Well, they took that power away from him, and then, even worse, they used it after stealing it from him. I think the plan is for them all to crucify Gonzo, no matter what the party (except for that hopeless stooge Orin Hack, er, Hatch) , which will be followed by a bill to restore Senate confirmation rights over USAs, with Bush pushed into a corner, unable to veto a bill that will now look like a response to the now-perceived-as-corrupt Gonzo. I love it.