By Dan MericaThe National Review’s editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
They wrote: “It is a great honor to endorse Hillary Clinton, and it is one of the most rewarding of my life.
She has made history as the first woman to lead the country and the first African American president.”
The problem is, our presidents tend to nominate people they’ve already vetted, in the process giving themselves a pat on the back.
When President Obama won re-election, he nominated Robert Mueller, a man who’d served as special counsel to the FBI and a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
He got more votes than any Republican candidate in the country.
Mueller was a reliable ally for the administration, even when it wasn’t working for them.
It took years to get rid of him.
In 2016, when the administration wanted to push for gun control, Obama nominated Robert Barnes, a former U.N. Ambassador who’d been nominated by then-President George W. Bush, but who’d resigned before he could even get his nomination through Congress.
When the president was out of office, he tried to appoint former Senator Jeff Sessions, the attorney general who’d become the first black U.R.I. ambassador in 2018.
That was the last time we saw him as a loyal ally.
The first president to be impeached, Richard Nixon, in 1974, was also the last to be re-elected.
When he tried again in 1974 and was again defeated by Jimmy Carter, Nixon was impeached by the House, and was finally convicted in the Senate of obstruction of justice and perjury.
He was convicted in 1978 and was sentenced to prison.
He died on March 16, 2020.
But the Senate’s version of the impeachment bill, passed by a vote of 97-0, made no mention of Nixon.
It wasn’t until the House of Representatives voted to convict former President Bill Clinton, in 1999, that a bipartisan bill was brought before the Senate for his impeachment.
That bill was approved in 2001.
The House did, however, pass a resolution declaring that the Bill Clinton impeachment should not be used to impeach Trump.
We didn’t have to look very far for a precedent for Trump’s appointment of a man he’d already vetted.
Obama had nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, who had been nominated to the Supreme Court by George W., Bush’s first president.
And Trump had nominated Steven Mnuchin, who’d once served as Trump’s secretary of the treasury, to be his treasury secretary.
All of those nominations were rejected by the Senate.
But, as we wrote then, Trump’s nominees were considered “unlikely to be confirmed” by the Supreme Council of the United States, a group of more than 100 judges.
They’re considered less likely to be overturned in a later confirmation.
In addition, the Senate voted unanimously in 2017 to block the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U,S.
Supreme Court, even though there was overwhelming bipartisan support for his nomination.
Trump’s pick to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia was rejected.
Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the nation’s highest court was approved by the senate, but it was voted down by the house, the chamber of commerce, and the president’s own party, the Republican party.
And we have yet to hear a word about Trump’s decision to nominate Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, the first time he’d ever been confirmed.
We can only imagine how long it will take to get him confirmed by the U.,S.
House of Representative.