Senate Democrats Grow an Inkling of Spine
Watch this video at around the 8:00 mark:
I watched this yesterday, and saw the crowds basically revolting against a Senator and thought, “Jesus, what Republican is that?”
It’s not a Republican. It’s Senator Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, who is being flayed by a liberal crowd demanding to know why he voted for Mike Pompeo, and insisting that he vote no on the rest of Trump’s nominees. After hemming and hawing, he basically concedes to their demands, too.
This is what’s happening around the country for Congresspeople of both parties right now: Democracy is harassing the sh*t out of them.
It’s working, too. It took 4 million people marching two weekends ago, and hundreds of thousands more marching this weekend to finally get Senate Democrats to listen, but they’re listening and pulling some Mitch McConnell shit on the Trump cabinet nominees. It’s a beautiful thing.
This morning, Senate Democrats boycotted the confirmation hearings for Price and Mnuchin, blocking their votes.
The GOP is not happy.
“Some of this is just because they don’t like the president,” Orrin Hatch said. Later, he said of Democrats: “I think they ought to stop posturing and acting like idiots.”
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), one of the other Republicans in the room, agreed: “I think this is unconscionable.”
“We did not inflict this kind of obstructionism on President Obama,” added Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), the only other senator in the room.
The fuck you didn’t.
Meanwhile, the Democrats are also pushing a new scandal on Betsy DeVos, who clearly plagiarized many of her answers. The 48 Dems have already decided to vote no on her confirmation, and two Republicans may be joining them:
Murkowski seems to be following Collins' lead: Will vote #DeVos out of committee, but hasn't decided what she'll do on Senate floor.— The Education Trust (@EdTrust) January 31, 2017
She did pass the committee vote this morning, but she still has to withstand the full Senate vote.
Meanwhile, Democrats are also at least putting up a fight where it concerns Jeff Sessions, debating about whether he would follow the law or if he’d follow orders from the President, a particularly touchy issue after the firing of Sally Yates last night, and this exchange between Sessions and Yates from the archives:
Will it mean anything a week or two from now, after most of these folks have been confirmed? I don’t know. I hope so, but also, it shows that the Senate Democrats stood up for something. Right now, that’s what matters, because we’re going to need a lot more of this in the coming months. We had to basically drape them over ourselves and give them piggyback rides, but they finally have our backs.
Hell, if this 70-year-old woman with a hip replacement can stand up and protest the confirmation hearings, it’s the least the Dems can do.
“I've got a hip replacement! I'm 70 years old,” protester says as she's dragged out of Sessions hearing pic.twitter.com/4gME2wUgii— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 31, 2017
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