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Senate Republicans = Cheaters
Nobody Respects A Cheater, Nor Should They

By David Grace

For three quarters two teams, the Reds and the Blues, both play a football game according to the rules. During the final quarter when the game is tied, a key player for the Reds is injured and it seems likely that the Blues will be able to take advantage of that injury to win the game.

The Reds call a time-out and protest that it should be a rule that if a key player is injured in the last quarter that the game should be suspended for a week to give the injured player the chance to return, because otherwise the injury might allow the other team to win.

The Blues pull out the rule book and point out that there is no such rule. The Reds say that they don’t care about the rules, that this game is so important that they can’t take the chance of losing because one of their players was injured.

The Red team sits down in the middle of the field and refuses to leave until the clock runs out, saying that they will return next week in the hope that by then they’ll be able to win the game.

Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution

“. . . he [the President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint . . . . Judges of the supreme Court.”

Re-worded for clarity it reads:

By and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate the President shall nominate and appoint Judges of the supreme Court.

It does not say, “Only within the first three years of his term, the President shall nominate and appoint Judges of the supreme court. Vacancies during the last year of a President’s term shall be filled by Judges nominated and appointed by the next President.”

The country elects a President for four years. The voters who elect a particular candidate have spoken. They won. They get to have their candidate exercise the powers of the Presidency for his full four-year term, not three-quarters of a four-year term. That’s the rule.

When someone loses they don’t get to unilaterally decide that the powers of the President whom the “other people” elected only last for three years instead of four because they’re hoping that the next election will go better for them. That’s not the rule.

Cheat — To break a rule or law to gain an advantage

Cheater — One who cheats.

The Senate Republicans have declared their intention to Cheat.

Nobody respects a cheater, nor should they.

–David Grace

Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 17 novels and over 200 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.

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