Not So Fast, Holder, Hagel, You’re Not Going Anywhere, Yet
Despite the Democratic majority in the US Senate that has existed throughout President Obama’s tenure, Senate procedures and the obscene ability of a minority of obstinate Senators to dictate what can be considered and what can be passed, and despite an actual majority of Senators who would vote for passage of specific bills and despite an actual majority of Senators who would vote to confirm presidential nominees, the Senate has been a wasteland of inactivity not quite at the level of the do-nothing tea bagger house, but close enough to wreck havoc on the orderly operation of government and on the needs of the American people.
|The President has nominated 36 individuals for seats on federal courts, including United States District Courts, US Courts of Appeals, and the US Court of Claims, whose nominations have yet to be considered by the Senate, some of which may soon have been pending for as long as one full year. Vitally important leadership positions, such as that of US Surgeon General remain empty, as the Senate has refused to consider the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy due to||
NRA opposition arising from his having said that gun violence has produced a national health crisis. Nominations for US Ambassadors to 47 foreign nations are sitting, waiting for action, including some ambassadorships that have already been awaiting action for as long as one-and-one-quarter years.
And then a couple of months ago, Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation as Attorney General, followed this past week by the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Each has said that he will remain in office until a successor is approved. Don’t hold your breadth, fellows, chances are very good that you’ll still be the in the cabinet until the next president is sworn into office.
|As bad as it has been over the past few years, once the new Senate takes its place in January, it will become immeasurably worse. Lunatic tea baggers such as ted cruz have said that the Senate SHOULD refuse to approve any and all Obama appointments, period. With the gop in power and with mitch mcconnell deciding what does and what does not get to the Senate floor, it is likely that
cruz will get what he wants – that such nominations as that of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch and whoever the President picks to replace Hagel, will never see a vote over the next two years. And, mcconnell and his cohorts in anarchy and treason might just do the same with the ambassadorships, judicial nominees, and the rest.
Hagel’s nomination was a major mistake and his performance was a disaster from the start, and keeping him in office at his level of incompetency [the Peter Principle] will serve to further harm the country, but the gop doesn’t give a shit about any of that, they only care about weakening the President and making a statement to their ignorant tea bagger base of 1% wannabees.