What do we do? pt 4 | Bleader

What do we do? pt 4



"An appointment, however, is not an election, which means the only vehicle open to the Senate is challenging the appointee's qualifications, and the Powell v McCormack precedent stipulates that such a review would be limited to his age, residency or citizenship. What the Senate would have to do instead is actually expel the member they just admitted to the chamber, which requires a 2/3 majority and would be much stickier in terms of precedent -- the Senate has not expelled a member since the Civil War."

FiveThirtyEight examines one of the hypothetical scenarios for turning down a Blagojevich Senate appointment.