The following are a collection of letters and e-mails written by a United States Senator on the topic of judicial confirmations. The identities of the senate author, the nominee(s), and the intended recipient are not revealed and are not really important. No dates are apparent on the letters, and no guarantee is made as to their chronological order, though it is safe to say they are fairly recent.
There is also no point in explaining how the correspondence you will read fell into my hands. Fictional or not, the content of these letters can be easily recognized by anyone. One need just pay attention to the daily activities of the U.S. Senate, especially its confirmation hearings, and the situation becomes apparent.
Contrary to the popular belief of many in the Senate, the public is astute. People can see through hypocrisy and are not deceived by rhetorical games. The one weapon in the arsenal of those exposed in these letters that has been, and continues to be, effective is ignorance. As long as people never actually see what they do, and especially the way they do it, they just hold a press conference every once in a while to sound their own horn about the “amazing” work they do for all in need in hopes that people will not ask too many questions. An unengaged public is their best ally.
That is why these letters are enlightening. They give a concise, but very revealing, account of the process and tactics employed by the deceivers. They show how the judicial confirmation process is being poisoned and how the American people are being hurt as a result.
Readers are advised to read with caution.
POTUS[*] continues his arrogance! The nominee is not one of the ones we suggested to him. If he would only listen to us and nominate someone from our list, he wouldn’t have such a hard time getting his judges through. Instead, he sends us this guy who I’m sure will turn out to be one of his right-wing, narrow-minded clones.
Call everyone and get going. We need everything we can get on this guy, and we need it quick. We can keep doing other things and ignore it for a while, but you know them, they’ll start calling on all their radio host pawns to spew their venom at us. We need to be ready to explain why we have reservations.
Don’t tell me that! I don’t care if the ABA rated him “well qualified.” Frankly, I don’t care if the Pope endorses him. Get me what I need, and let’s stay focused.