Alien Arlen

The Defector remains eerily monotone after learning that the Senate, by voice vote, stripped him of his seniority.

“Sen. Reid assured me that I would keep my committee assignments and that I would have the same seniority as if I had been elected as a Democrat in 1980,” Specter said. “It was understood that the issue of subcommittee chairmanships would not be decided until after the 2010 election. Some members of the caucus have raised concerns about my seniority, so the caucus will vote on my seniority at the same time subcommittee chairmanships are confirmed after the 2010 election. I am confident my seniority will be maintained under the arrangement I worked out with Sen. Reid.”

But, Senator: What if you don't win?


tfigarelle said...

Congressional seniority status and associated seats on committees are incredibly powerful positions within American government. Their provision is also incredibly absent from specific enumeration in Article 1 of the Constitution. Granted, Section 5 of Article 1 does provide both chambers with the ability to determine their own rules and proceedings. Nevertheless, this Constitutional "punt" allows political caucuses to structure themselves in such a fashion that vast power is vested without any accountability or oversight from the American public. Elected officials love to use the word "transparency", let's see them actually put their calls for open government to work, by stripping themselves from this elitist and closed off process.

Mike Orcutt said...

Throw me some links from your soapbox. I think you make a good point.