In May 2005, Senator Harry Reid (D - Nevada) unequivocally renounced any Senate obligation to even vote on President George W. Bush's nominations, let alone confirm them, even though he had won reelection just months earlier:
"The duties of the Senate are set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Nowhere in that document does it say the Senate has a duty to give presidential appointees a vote."
Today, Senator Reid is singing a completely different tune:
"We have that nasty little Constitution. Which says they are obligated to hold hearings and they…
"In 2016, voters are fed up with career politicians. This year, both Democratic and Republican congressional candidates are striving to cast themselves in opposition to the Washington establishment.Ironically, the majority of 'outsider' candidates on the ballot in November will have a background in the military, which falls within the long list of government institutions that are the very core of…[more]
—Austin Yack, National Review Institute William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism
— Austin Yack, National Review Institute William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism