"I am amused when I hear people who claim to be strict interpreters of the Constitution suddenly reading into it a whole series of provisions that are not there."
This, of course, is in response to the ridiculous arguments from Senator McConnell and many of the Republican candidates for the presidency. And it should not matter what one's politics are or how one views President Obama - he's right on this one. I'm no constitutional scholar, but I do recognize the difference between the words "may" (which does not appear here) and "shall" (which does):
"[The President] 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..."
John Nichols is correct to label these efforts an "egregious assault on the basic premises of the Constitution and on the system of functional governance that is supposed to extend from it."