…. is Mitch McConnell. Ol’ Smidge thinks like a loser, and talks like a pacifist. Let’s start with this December 20th appearance on KET TV, where Smidge makes it clear that he never had any faith in Trump’s power to win votes:
You don’t have to be the proverbial rocket scientist to figger this out: If he didn’t expect Trump to do well, Smidge clearly does not understand the breadth and depth of anti-establishment fury and revulsion in the American electorate. And why would he? Smidge IS the establishment.
Now that November 8th is well behind us, has McConnell learned anything? Last week, Chuck U. Schumer boldly stated that he will oppose EVERYthing President Trump attempts to do, starting with his Cabinet picks. Schumer said he’d only acquiesce if and when Trump “does things our way”. From Breitbart January 2, 2017:
Incoming Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and his fellow Democratic senators will aggressively target eight of President-elect Donald Trump’s “rigged Cabinet” picks, according to a report from the Washington Post.
“If Republicans think they can quickly jam through a whole slate of nominees without a fair hearing process, they’re sorely mistaken,” Schumer told the Post Sunday. He added, “President-elect Trump is attempting to fill his rigged cabinet with nominees that would break key campaign promises and have made billions off the industries they’d be tasked with regulating.”
Schumer has reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that Democrats will be targeting secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson; attorney general pick Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL); Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), who has been tapped to lead the Office of Management and Budget; education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos; Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services; labor secretary selectee Andrew Puzder; Steve Mnuchin for treasury secretary; and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has been chosen to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
On November 28, Senate Democrats addressed a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), making it clear that they plan to resist Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as Trump’s first attorney general, despite noting that they “have a personal and cordial relationship” with him.
The Post notes that the list excludes retired Marine Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, Trump’s pick for defense secretary; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Trump’s nominee to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; and former Marine general John Kelly, tapped to lead the Department of Homeland Security.
The confirmation hearings are scheduled to start next week.
The 115th Congress will be sworn in on Tuesday. Schumer has reportedly said he wants at least two days of hearings for each Cabinet pick and stated that no more than two choices should face hearings in the same week — a move that will likely push confirmations into March.
The Post and several Republicans have pointed out that his demand is in stark contrast to 2009, when Democrats controlled the 111th Congress and seven of President Barack Obama’s cabinet confirmations were unanimously approved on Inauguration Day.
Trump’s incoming press secretary Sean Spicer shot back on CNN’s New Day program with Alisyn Camerota Monday, saying it was “frankly sad” that Schumer is planning to target the Cabinet nominees.
“It is sad that Sen. Schumer has chosen to politicize everything, because each of these individuals is an unbelievable agent of success and change that is going to help this country move forward,” Spicer said. “And the idea that the Democrats’ choice is to figure out, from day one, how to oppose every one of these individuals is frankly sad.”
Schumer rightly points out that HIS party, under the leadership of that paragon of honesty and virtue, Harry Reid, invoked the so-called nuclear option a few years back, thus making Cabinet nominee confirmation a matter of a simple majority vote in the Senate. But Schumer has not yet begun to fight. He plans to use the confirmation hearings as a forum where Dems can strut, preen, and display the full range of their statist, interest-group, all-you-need-is-love party propaganda. Schumer plans to demand time-consuming roll call votes on every nominee, as this December 5th Politico story details:
Democrats to give Trump Cabinet picks the Garland treatment
Senate Democrats are preparing to put Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks through a grinding confirmation process, weighing delay tactics that could eat up weeks of the Senate calendar and hamper his first 100 days in office.
Multiple Democratic senators told POLITICO in interviews last week that after watching Republicans sit on Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court for nearly a year, they’re in no mood to fast-track Trump’s selections. But it’s not just about exacting revenge. Democrats argue that some of the president-elect’s more controversial Cabinet picks — such as Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Steven Mnuchin for treasury secretary — demand a thorough public airing. “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.”
Senate Democrats can’t block Trump’s appointments, which in all but one case need only 51 votes for confirmation. But they can turn the confirmation process into a slog. Any individual senator can force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold procedural votes on nominees. Senior Democrats said a series of such votes are likely for many of Trump’s picks.
Democrats could conceivably force up to 30 hours of debate for each Cabinet nominee, which would be highly disruptive for a GOP Senate that usually works limited hours but has big ambitions for next year. The minority could also stymie lower-level nominees and potentially keep the Senate focused on executive confirmations for weeks as Trump assumes the presidency and congressional Republicans try to capitalize on their political momentum. “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.”
Eight years ago, when the roles were reversed, with Barack Obama taking office and an all-Democratic Congress, Republicans were mostly deferential to the incoming president. On Obama’s first day in office, the Senate confirmed seven of Obama’s Cabinet nominees. By the end of that week, it had cleared more than a dozen senior-level positions, all without dissent except for Hillary Clinton’s nomination to be secretary of state, for which the GOP demanded a roll call. Trump almost certainly won’t be receiving similar treatment.
“There should be recorded votes, in my view, on every one of the president’s Cabinet nominees,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “Having all of these hearings before the inaugural in a thorough and fair fashion seems very difficult to do.” Republicans are already chafing at the prospect of Democrats drawing out the confirmation process.
“It is always the intention, at the start of a new administration, to have a smooth transition. That’s something President Obama recently called for and that Democrats always say they want,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell. “When the shoe was on the other foot, Republicans worked with Democrats to confirm the president’s Cabinet in a very, very timely manner.”
Some appointees, like Elaine Chao’s nomination to lead the Transportation Department, are unlikely to be delayed. But Democrats will force retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to get 60 votes for a legislative waiver to become secretary of defense, and they’re singling out at least four other nominations for strict scrutiny. Trump has made selections for fewer than half of his Cabinet and senior-level positions, though he’s vowing to name the rest within a week.
Democrats are likely to require roll call votes and possibly delay the nominations of Betsy DeVos to be secretary of education and Tom Price to to be Health and Human Services secretary, in addition to Mattis, Mnuchin and Sessions. The attorney general nominee looks like he’s in for an especially rough ride. Brown said Sessions “was dissed by the Senate once for his racism,” a reference to his rejection by the chamber 30 years ago to become a federal judge.
Historically, the Senate began hearings before Inauguration Day for every attorney general nominee from a newly elected president since Dwight Eisenhower, with the exception of a nominee carried over by George H.W. Bush from the Reagan administration who was approved without a hearing. Incoming Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she highly doubts Sessions will be confirmed on Inauguration Day. She, like other Democrats interviewed for this story, said that Republicans’ treatment of Garland is impossible to forget. “Past is present, and what goes around comes around. Now, those are pretty hackneyed sayings, but those are really true around here,” Feinstein said in an interview.
Not all Democrats are on board with a strategy of delay. Informed that Democrats might hold up Sessions and other nominations past Jan. 20, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia responded: “That’s just bullshit.” “My God, I think we should have an attorney general in place on Jan. 20. I sure do believe that,” added Manchin, one of five Democratic senators up for reelection in 2018 in states that overwhelmingly supported Trump. But because of Senate rules, there’s little Manchin or other skeptical Democrats can do to stop individual lawmakers intent on drawing out the confirmation proceedings.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), a former teacher who does not sit on the committee that will vet DeVos for education secretary, said he would wait to make a decision on her until “I bring her into my office” to discuss rural schooling issues. “I’ve heard no conversations about the kind of obstruction that Mitch McConnell specialized in,” said another endangered Democrat, Claire McCaskill of Missouri. “But there may be some where there are real questions about their qualifications and some of the things in their backgrounds.” Democrats are hoping to avoid the obstructionist label by picking their fights carefully. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Trump should be able to assemble his team and called Friday for swift installation of a secretary of state. But that doesn’t mean Democrats will rubber stamp all of the president-elect’s picks, he said.
And what is Smidge’s response to Schumer’s stance? McConnell said he “hoped” Schumer and the Dems would “cooperate”, recalling that the GOP confirmed many of Obama’s Cabinet picks before Inauguration Day. Oh, Smidge: Remember what King Putt said: “They bring a knife to the fight, you bring a gun”.
McConnell finds himself in an awkward and unfamiliar position: Near-total control of the Federal government. It’s pretty obvious that Smidge does not believe in Trump, nor in Trump’s approach to governance, nor in the whole concept of a true representative democracy. McConnell likes things the way they’ve “always” been, with him leading the Official Opposition in their pretend assaults on the Democrat battlements — just to turn back, tail between legs, any time victory was in sight.
We have four years to defeat, or at the very least cripple, the leftist statist agenda. Cabinet and Supreme Court nominees are just the beginning. Battles must be engaged on many fronts, from control of schools, to repeal of burdensome regulations, to freeing up the energy sector, to repealing Roe v. Wade, to permanently protecting our nation’s Constitution and its amendments. Schumer, Pelosi, Ellison, and the rest of the Dem asshats can burn through those four years with obstructionism and opposition tactics …. and then what will we have to show for the Trump era? A red ball cap with “Make America Great Again” hanging in the back closet?
McConnell must prefer his days kowtowing at the altar of The Magic Negro (tm reg) as opposed to supporting an accomplished and successful private sector leader who believes in the potential of America. McConnell still does not get it. His trembling, oh-so-cautious-and-polite approach to the most dangerous and radicalized Democrat party seen since the days of Woodrow Wilson, tells me that Smidge has yet to understand what GOP voters are telling him.
President Trump had better watch Smidge the way a hawk watches a squirrel. McConnell acts and thinks like a coward …. or like one who is afraid to lose his personal power and privilege. The Senate Majority leader has tremendous power to move an agenda — IF he wants to. McConnell does not seem comfortable with using that power. And that’s exactly why he is a major obstacle to the success of Donald Trump.
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