Democratic Senator’s have made it known that they were going to obstruct President Trump’s cabinet nominee’s. The effort was to hinder and hurt the Trump Administration from functioning. Well, it has backfired on them as Senate Republican’s put the President’s cabinet confirmations into overdrive. During a hearing Sen Orrin Hatch, R- Utah said the Democrat boycott is:
“The most pathetic thing, we took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues.”
The Democrats are in a struggle with their base who wants them to fight everything the Trump Administration does, however they are struggling with losing capital with the average American. NPR reported that:
While the Democrats boycotted the Price and Mnuchin committee votes, they did allow other panels to move ahead on Trump nominees including Betsy DeVos for education secretary, Rick Perry for energy secretary and Ryan Zinke for interior secretary.
Most feel that a fight will ensue for the confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick. Today President Trump in a statement said:
“If we end up with that gridlock I would say if you can, Mitch, go nuclear,” Trump said of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “That would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was caught up in the web. It’s up to Mitch, but I would say go for it,”
The nuclear option is a term to describe when a simple majority passes a confirmation or bill. Under the leadership of Senator Harry Reid during President Obama’s tenure Democrats used the “nuclear option” to pass some of their agenda.
Elected Democrats are starting to understand that they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they continue to fight the Administration full bore every time, they run the risk of losing credibility. However, if they cave some of the wealthy donors may not contribute to their re-election. On the other side if Republican’s continue to ram everything through including legislation it will be interesting to see how the public will react. How do you feel about the Republicans pushing to get things done?