Turns out David Sentelle (Reagan appointee, and that's important) is one of the worst. He's the lead in the three judge effort to rob presidents of the right to make interim appointments when the Senate goes missing. As Charles Pierce puts it, with delicious logic and humor, Sentelle is someone "who believes the Constitution as written on a napkin at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon." One of his key supporters was Jesse Helms whom Pierce calls a "pathogen."
Well, forget Helms and just look at Sentelle's moral and political history.
For starters, he was instrumental in hamstringing Iran-Contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh's efforts to bring the Reagan Administration to account. He stepped in for the judge who was presiding over the special prosecutor's office when the special prosecutor started indicting some of William Rehnquist's dinner guests. ... ...Again, alas, we must return to the Golden Era Of Beltway Crazee — the 1990s, and the pursuit of Bill Clinton and, eventually, of his penis. Sentelle, who was promoted in politics by the late pathogen, Jesse Helms, was still the judge who was overseeing the Whitewater special prosecutor's office, and he was instrumental in shuffling the original occupant of that office, Robert Fiske, who was preparing to chuck the whole Whitewater scandal as so much malarkey, in favor of the bedsniffin' yahoo, Ken Starr, and we know what ensued thereafter. To say Sentelle was involved is to understate things considerably. ...Politics, at Esquire
If you read the whole thing, well... talk about déjà vu "all over again"! The Reagan administration may have left us with more crud in the system than any in memory. And that includes the participants in the right's neo-con-games that left us with four truly embarrassing Supreme Court justices, the very fellas who will be making the final decision on presidential power in the matter of the NLRB appointees.