There isn’t any adult supervision in the Democrat Party at this point, and it’s not getting better.
Senate Democrats on Tuesday refused to attend a committee vote on two of President Trump’s more controversial nominees, effectively delaying their consideration.
Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes to advance Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and Steven Mnuchin, his selection to head the Treasury Department. The pair had been among some of the more contentious selections to join Trump’s Cabinet.
There is zero reason why Tom Price should be “contentious” as the DHHS Secretary. He’s a medical doctor who built one of the largest private practices in the South, and he’s been a member of Congress for quite a while. Price has a specific plan to replace Obamacare, though, and for some reason the Democrats have hope to preserve Obamacare against Republican attempts to repeal or replace it. That’s why they’ve invented this spurious charge that Price’s investments in medical device companies make for ethical issues, a charge which was soundly debunked here.
As for Mnuchin, there isn’t a whole lot about him conservatives would like, and if he wasn’t confirmed it probably wouldn’t hurt too many feelings. But the Dems are missing something important where he’s concerned – he’s spent most of his career as a Democrat, he’s raised and given a fortune to Democrat politicians, he worked for George Soros and financed movies made by Democrats…what makes them think they’ll get a Treasury Secretary friendlier to their concerns if they block him?
You need at least one opposition-party member in the room for a committee to have a vote. Boycotting the vote means holding up the confirmations indefinitely.
Republicans expressed outrage at the move, while Democrats gathered outside the Senate Finance Committee hearing room to outline their gripes with the selections.
“I can’t understand why senators, who know we’re going to have these two people go through, can’t support the committee,” said Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
“I’m very disappointed in this kind of crap. … Some of this is because they just don’t like the president.”
“This is the most pathetic thing I’ve seen in my whole time in the United States Senate,” he added.
Hatch is one of the Republicans opposing the use of the nuclear option, and the Democrats have rewarded his moderation by cocking up the functioning of his committee.
One wonders if the response to these tantrums and obstructionism on the part of the Democrats would be to change the rules and ram all of the nominees through without regard to the opposition party. That’s not what you would expect from a Mitch McConnell-led GOP majority, but everybody has a breaking point eventually.