Alexander Hamilton v. Harriet Miers

(Okay, so, his group blog was called the Federalist Papers and it was less of a blog than, well, an extraordinarily articulate series of essays that not only successfully argued for the ratification of the US Constitution but still stands as guidepost for Constitutional interpretation.)

Here's what he wrote, via Steve Clemons:


Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers, "The Appointing Power of the President," No. 76
To what purpose then require the co-operation of the Senate? I answer, that the necessity of their concurrence would have a powerful, though, in general, a silent operation. It would be an excellent check upon a spirit of favoritism in the President, and would tend greatly to prevent the appointment of unfit characters from State prejudice, from family connection, from personal attachment, or from a view to popularity... He would be both ashamed and afraid to bring forward, for the most distinguished or lucrative stations, candidates who had no other merit than ... being in some way or other personally allied to him, or of possessing the necessary insignificance and pliancy to render them the obsequious instruments of his pleasure.
Personal attachment: Check.
Obsequious instrument of his pleasure: Um, Check, I think. (Washington Note)

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