In a tweet sent on Saturday, President Trump made it clear that he’s getting frustrated with the Senate’s plodding pace when it comes to confirming his nominees and judges.
“Waiting for approval of almost 300 nominations, worst in history,” he wrote. “Democrats are doing everything possible to obstruct, all they know how to do.”
Trump held a lunch with senior Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday, where is was widely expected to pressure Mitch McConnell to change the rules so that his nominees could be pushed through to a vote. As of now, the president is waiting an average of more than 80 days PER NOMINEE, which is far longer than any modern president has had to wait.
This is no accident. This is not (as some liberals would have us believe) the result of Trump choosing uniquely unqualified candidates. This is the Democrats playing a game that crosses the line from political war to outright unpatriotic dereliction of duty. You may not like Donald Trump, you may not agree with his agenda, but you have a sworn duty to help him fill out his administration. This has gotten ridiculous.
Last month, Republicans on the Senate Rules Committee drafted a measure that would shorten the amount of time lawmakers have to debate on any particular nominee, but Democrats have not given the proposal any support. And with Republicans only enjoying the slimmest of majorities in the upper chamber, that’s the whole problem. Without Democrat support, it’s difficult for Republicans to push through any rule changes, much less any of Trump’s nominees. As long as the party thinks there is political merit in being obstructionists, they’re going to keep doing it.
We would marvel at the way the media has utterly failed to call Democrats out on their obstructionism after doing NOTHING BUT THAT during the Obama presidency, but we’re not the least bit surprised by the Fourth Estate’s hypocrisy anymore. They’ve made their allegiances abundantly obvious.
What remains true nonetheless is that Chuck Schumer has allowed 194 of Trump’s nominees to languish in the Senate without confirmation, and that’s ridiculous. It’s time for McConnell to do something about it, even if he has to threaten liberal lackeys like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski with a primary challenge to get it done.