This column appears to leave out some important points. The Constitution provides for the Senate's advice and consent for nominations to important positions such as the Supreme Court. Blaming all the unfortunate happenings on the Senate alone simply ignores the other side of the question.President Bush, like some of his predecessors, has not consulted with the Senate about his choices and perversely continues to choose persons who are clearly not outstanding in their fields, either because they lack experience and standing (like Clarence Thomas), or because they have trails of old baggage following them (like Robert Gates). Prior consultation and a more thoughtful approach on the part of the president could obviate much of the problem. Truly outstanding candidates for such positions should meet with none of the fervent opposition met by these two examples. The most disturbing statement in the recent hearings was Judge Thomas's statement that "this process is wrong." Strange words from one sworn to uphold and protect the Constitution! Ane M. Hanley, Fergus Falls, Minn.
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