To the editor: While the mechanics may be ambiguous — as your Op-Ed states, "Both sides are acting as if advice and consent is a rule, but instead it is a standard" — its purpose is clearly to vet the nominees. ("Is stonewalling legit?" Opinion, March 30)
Republicans' nominee-blind process instead vets presidents. That vetting, under the Constitution, rests with voters; their choice is not subject to the Senate's "advice and consent."
The Senate may, through action or inaction, reject a particular nominee. But it may not reject the nominator.
No matter what reason Senate Republicans give — the approaching end of the president's term, the hypocrisy of some Democrats, the court's fragile balance — vetting the nominator is simply not the Senate's job.
Ilya Shlyakhter, Cambridge, Mass.