Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I'd Rather Watch a Superbowl Ad

Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid has taken brevity to a new level: today he convened the Senate for another "pro-forma session." Guess how long it lasted? Not 30 hours, not 30 minutes: the whole charade took 30 seconds.

It's a rerun of what Reid has done all Thanksgiving break to keep the president from making a recess appointment. Though the constitution specifically empowers the president to make recess appointments, the Democrats continue to stonewall his authority.

Once again, the Democrats remind us that when it comes to the constitution, they are extraordinarily imaginative at creating new rights out of whole cloth. But they cannot or will not read and comprehend the plain meaning of words, like those found in article II, section 2 clause 3: "The President shall have power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session."

Harry Reid's mini-sessions are an end-run around this constitutional provision. They are also anti-majoritarian -- just more sour grapes at the Democrats' inability to win the White House.

And for a bunch of pseudo-environmentalists even to turn on the lights on Capitol Hill for a thirty-second session. Al Gore should really investigate how Harry Reid's "leadership" of the Senate exacerbates global warming.

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