Wednesday, April 01, 2009
As Andy McCarthy comments on over at The Corner, the Washington Post reported this morning that Attorney General Eric Holder asked for a second opinion regarding the constitutionality of the D.C. voting rights bill, after receiving an opinion from his own Office of Legal Counsel earlier this year that the bill pending in Congress is unconstitutional.
The clear concern with the D.C. voting rights bill is that it would give the District a voting seat in the U.S. House of Representative, but Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution states, "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States;" the District isn't a State, and therefore lacks eligibility.
As Instapundit might say, they told me that if I voted for McCain, the next administration would ride roughshod over the Constitution, and they were right!
CWCID: The Corner
"The move on the Stevens case is the latest step to
change direction by a new attorney general after a succession of controversies during the Bush administration. The justice department was the target of criticism that the appointment of U.S. attorneys was politicized and that it issued faulty legal opinions allowing harsh interrogation tactics in the war on terror.
Several attorneys said Mr. Holder's handling of the case sends a message to career prosecutors that they must stick to the rules when prosecuting cases."
Heh. The Justice Department doing justice. What a concept.
If DC is “entitled” to a repesentative without being a state, then so are Puerto Rico, Guam, Somoa, my living room, etc., etc. And if they are entiled to a representative , they are also entitled to two senators. And with the exception of my living room, almost all of those new lawmakers would likely be Democrats.
If DC residents want representation in Congress, the answer is retrocession into Maryland. That already happened with the Virginia side of the District. But this isn’t about the residents of DC–it’s about Obama Packing the Legislature like FDR tried to Pack the Court.