The partisan division in Congress didn’t originate with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but the events of the past several weeks have exacerbated partisan differences while accomplishing the seemingly impossible task of making both sides look bad.
Members of Congress were one of Mark Twain’s favorite targets, and we can only imagine what he would say about their 21st-century descendants.
Every senator and representative may nominate 10 constituents to each academy every year.
At one time the nomination process was very political, a form of patronage, and I often encounter parents who believe that getting a nomination is a matter of who you know.
But two of the three asked for two recommendations while the third wanted three.
Interestingly, two required a photo, something I thought is illegal in order to prevent discrimination.
It’s not that they are asking for different pieces of information.
I recently worked with a student applying for a nomination, and his two senators and congressman all asked for a transcript, test scores, personal statement explaining desire to attend a service academy, and recommendations.
The problem with seeking multiple nominations is that the current process makes it anything but easy.
At least in the part of the country where I live, each senator and representative has his or her own process, with different forms and different deadline dates.