The framers of our constitution would be turning over in their graves if they could see what happened to their words “with the advice and consent of the senate.”
Now senators neither advise nor consent to Supreme Court nominations. They politicize, delay, demonize, obscure, fabricate and discredit what should be a non-partisan process of assuring that the most qualified lawyers serve on our highest court. Instead we have come to expect votes that are cast largely along party lines.
It was not always what it has now become. Even in the recent past, highly qualified but controversial nominees — such as Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsberg — were confirmed with hardly any dissents. No more.