Quotes of Interest from McConnell

Yes, Mitch McConnell wrote about the Senate’s proper role in confirming Supreme Court nominees. Back in 1970. Somehow, he no longer believes these things. Thanks to Sarah Glassmeyer for tweeting the cite to the article, 59 Ky. L.J. 7. Of course, you have to have access to a subscription database to read the article in it’s entirety.

  • There could not have been a worse time for an attack upon the men [sic] who administer justice in our country than in the past year, when tensions & frustrations about our foreign & domestic policies literally threatened to tear us apart. p.8
  • [U]ntil Hayneswoeth only one nominee had been rejected in this century. p.11
  • Most of the time, however, Senators sought to hide their political objections beneath a veil of charges about fitness, ethics & other professional qualifications. p.13
  • A pattern emerges … in which the Senate has employed deception to achieve its partisan goals. This deception has been to ostensibly object to a nominee’s fitness while in fact the opposition is born of political expedience. p.13
  • Political & philosophical considerations [are] not proper & tends to degrade the Court & dilute the constitutionally proper authority of the Executive in this area. p.32
  • The President is presumably elected by the people to carry out a program & altering the ideological directions of the Supreme Court would seem to be a perfectly legitimate part of a Presidential platform. p.32
  • [I]f the power to nominate had been given to the Senate, as was considered during the debates at the Constitutional Convention, then it would be proper for the Senate to consider political philosophy. p.32
  • “In examining the qualifications of a Supreme Court nominee, use of the following criteria is recommended.” Competence, level of achievement/distinction, temperament, no ethical violations, “clean record” p.33



Support for those with mental health issues

Today’s resource for Mental Illness Awareness Week is a list of helpful resources for those with mental health issues.