Stupid, and unimaginative — but he’s a politician

I wrote Senator Warner about Holder’s nomination as AG — prior to the vote.  I can’t think of too many people who are less concerned with maintaining the people’s rights under the Constitution than Holder, and both his role in the Mark Rich pardon and his stance on the Heller case would have been show-stoppers had I been voting.

See my Jan 26 post.  Does this sound familiar?

Dear Ms. xxxxxx,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Eric H. Holder, Jr. to serve as the next Attorney General.  I appreciate your thoughts on this matter.

Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution provides that the President “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint.Officers of the United States..”  As a former Chief Executive, I respect the constitutional authority and prerogative of the President, regardless of party, to select nominees for the executive branch who he believes will best serve the interest of the American people.  I also take very seriously the Senate’s constitutional duty to render advice and consent on Presidential nominations.

On January 28, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 in favor of Mr. Holder’s nomination, and on February 2, 2009, the full Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 75-21, with my support.

Again, thank you for writing.  As we move forward in the 111th Congress, please continue to be in touch with your opinions and concerns.

Sincerely,
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator

In other words, Mark Warner will rubber stamp the president’s decisions, and he uses a form letter to tell you so.

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  1. I got the same form letter. Did you expect any better of him?


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