Wisconsin’s US Senator Tammy Baldwin has started an online petition to compel President-elect Donald Trump to change a proposed appointment to the executive branch; which begs the question of whether or not Baldwin has ever bothered to actually read the United States Constitution, which states:
“He [the president] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments”
This promulgates the extent to which congress can affect a presidential appointment; and there is absolutely no provision for the general population to influence any of his/her appointments.
The 1st amendment provision for the people to petition the government for redress of grievances does not include disapproval of a president’s choices of persons to work in his/her administration. It is irresponsible for a sitting US Senator to allude or espouse otherwise.
Tammy Baldwin’s actions, like those of her 534 congressional colleagues, are self serving. She seeks to appease those who supported her election so that they might support her reelection. She has no more intention of giving President Trump a chance than Mitch McConnell had of giving President Obama a chance; because she must be perceived as an advocate/lobbyist by her supporters even though it means shirking her legislative responsibilities.