“I don’t want to needlessly prevent President Trump from being successful,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.). “But accelerating the confirmation of unacceptable candidates who have views that are outside the mainstream is not constructive.” [Politico]
CAN YOU imagine the damage Jeff Sessions would do as attorney general to the will of the people in states that have passed marijuana legalization or medical marijuana?
Democratic Senators feel that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s behavior towards Merrick Garland is an example to follow.
“They’ve been rewarded for stealing a Supreme Court justice. We’re going to help them confirm their nominees, many of whom are disqualified?” fumed Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). “It’s not obstruction, it’s not partisan, it’s just a duty to find out what they’d do in these jobs.”
They intend to force a 60-vote threshold on Marine Gen. James Mattis‘ legislative waiver to be secretary of defense, while McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chou, will speed through confirmation more quickly. The Mattis strategy could also include the nominations of Betsy DeVos for education, Tom Price for HHS, as well as Mnuchin and Sessions, the latter the worst of the bunch.
Democrats changed the rules in 2013, but it’s McConnell and the Republicans’ actions to stiff Garland that has spawned the revenge against Trump.
Senator Joe Manchin called “bullshit” on the strategy, which threatens him, too, with President-elect Trump considering Manchin for a cabinet position, along with North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who met with Trump on Friday.
Al Gore met with President-elect Trump on climate, after seeing Ivanka Trump on the subject, which we can only hope made a dent. The former Vice President said the conversation was “extremely interesting.” I bet.
“Past is present, and what goes around comes around. Now, those are pretty hackneyed sayings, but those are really true around here.” – Senator Diane Feinstein