Senate Democrats have officially turned this into the most drawn out Cabinet confirmation process since George Washington set up the original in the 1700’s. It has been a case of obstruction for the sake of obstruction, a political temper tantrum. They have known from election night that all of Trump’s picks would get confirmed, and there was nothing they could do about it. They are the ones who made this possible, after all, by deploying the ‘nuclear option’ for the benefit of Obama’s Cabinet appointees.
That was a crucial moment in our history, one that I think we will look back on and regret. In today’s political climate, there is too much emphasis placed on immediate gratification, and not nearly enough thought is given to the long-term consequences of what the government is doing. Voters are encouraging, or demanding in some instances, this bad behavior by our legislators, behavior that will be replicated by the opposing side when the roles get reversed.
Yes, the rioting, protesting, and marching is emboldening Democrats to delay the inevitable, but to what end? Do liberals really want to see a repeat of these actions the next time they win the White House? What happens if the next Democratic president takes office with a Republican controlled Senate? This would likely be the case if Democrats win in 2020. If the Republicans act like the Democrats have been acting, they could hold up nominees indefinitely.
I would encourage current Republican leadership to not flippantly tear up the remaining filibuster rules. Don’t be so short-sighted. With Obama, we saw how close the Left is to tyranny. You cannot further erode the system of checks and balances or you’ll have no weapons with which to fight when it’s time for battle.
In terms of dragging this Cabinet issue out any further, liberals, both voters and legislators, need to suck it up and get over the fact that that they lost (everything) in November. I know that this was supposed to be the election where the Right would be vanquished forever, and a new socialist utopia was going to be ushered in. Unfortunately for the Left, that didn’t happen. So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, dry those tears, and get back to the business of running the country. Fight what is possible to fight, and by all means don’t become a rubber stamp. Just don’t waste your time or ours playing the martyr in these faux battles that you cannot win. It’s embarrassing for you to pile up loss after loss, and it’s annoying those of us who want to see the country move forward.
– Jeremy Hobbs