Ill Legal Precendent
Michael Ubaldi, February 25, 2003.
If Alberto Gonzales were a prize figher, he'd be in the process of launching a right hook; but he's a lawyer, so he writes strong letters.
What Chuck Schumer and cohort are attempting is a complete politicization of the judicial appointments process. The Constitution is as vague as was needed in a time of relatively implicit common sense: the Senate ensures that dead men, fools, animals and other illegitimate sops are not cast into the relief of American justice.
What wasn't at all the intention of the Framers was for an adversarial Senate to block out any and all presidential nominees that may not lend aid to whatever legislation their party intended to create - and to do so on such dubious grounds as to dramatically require an ominous "Bwah-hahahahaha!" after every nominee condemnation.