FEC Shutdown?

Okay.  First read this (it’s fairly short).  The important part:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) just announced that the Senate will not clear four new appointees for the Federal Election Commission, meaning the panel that acts as a watchdog on political campaigns cannot function during the critical election-year period.

Reid is blaming the White House for refusing to withdraw to allow a majority vote on the nomination of Hans von Spakovsky for a seat on the commission. Republicans want von Spakovsky approved as part of a slate of four FEC nominees or they will refuse to consider any of the nominees.

Von Spakovsky was recess appointed by President Bush to the FEC, but his term expires at the end of the year. Democrats have refused to allow his nomination to move forward, arguing that his actions while at the Justice Department disqualified him for the post. Bush, though has not backed down, and the matter has been at an impasse for the last four months.

Gee, Bush hasn’t backed down.  Quelle surprise. 

Here’s a question for the Republicans holding this up (namely, Mitch McConnell) : the Democrats are willing to allow individual votes on all four nominees, so why aren’t you?  Whatever happened to the Republican Party’s mantra of “We need an up or down vote on the nominee?” as we heard so often during the last few sessions of Congress? 

Oh, I see.  Only when it suits you.  As long as we’ve cleared that up.  I think the Washington Post said it best:

The problem is that neither side in this fight has much reason to blink. Incumbent senators of both parties have little incentive to make certain the agency charged with policing their campaign activities is functioning.

Which is one more reason to encourage TERM LIMITS. 

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