The Democrats pledged to fight Donald Trump’s nominees tooth and nail.
First came Betsy DeVos. The Democrats crowed about how she was unqualified. Longtime charter school advocates Elizabeth Warren and Corey Booker decided that political grandstanding was suddenly more important than providing educational opportunities to poor kids. Liberal Republicans sold out their party for teacher’s union cash. Those same unions mounted an epic campaign on social media targeting vulnerable conservatives.
The Democrats failed. Vice President Mike Pence cast a tiebreaking vote and DeVos was confirmed. Then they had a temper tantrum.
Then it was time for Jeff Sessions to be confirmed. Democrats attacked Sessions from every angle. They accused him of being a racist, dredging up old lies. Senator Elizabeth Warren broke rules on the Senate floor and insulted him, and then liberals tried to make it about women’s rights. Well, not really. They basically held up Sessions nomination to hold a Liz Warren fundraiser on the Senate floor.
At the end of the day, it was all worthless:
Now, after weeks in limbo, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has been confirmed the 84th Attorney General of the United States in a 52-47 vote. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) broke with Democrats to vote for Sessions.
Sessions’ nomination was to be voted on first after getting the nod by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins (R-ME) decided to break ranks from the GOP on Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be education secretary.Her nomination also passed the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on a 12-11 party line vote. That forced her nomination to be pushed up on the docket.
There’s no other way to say this: Donald Trump is kicking the Democrats ass up and down Capitol Hill. Now with two nominations approved, Democrats will have to somehow recover enough hysterical energy to take down Tom Price, a man with a wealth of experience and no skeletons, real or imagined, in his pocket. A man who will be the key to repealing and replacing Obamacare.
So we ask: Are you sick of winning yet? Because we’re not.