There is no possible way for Democrats to block the cabinet nominations of President-elect Trump, but that didn’t stop them from grilling each nominee for their own personal agenda. Grandstanding Democrats Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Pocahontas Warren (D-MA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) had no problem disconcerting themselves at the confirmation hearings.
Cory Booker breached hundreds of years of Senate decorum by becoming the first sitting senator to ever testify against a colleague at a confirmation hearing. Senator Booker said it would way on his conscious if he didn’t. Booker urged his colleagues to vote against the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, throwing around the term “racist” like it was going out of style (of course, with Democrats it never will).
This was nothing more than Booker setting himself up for a presidential run in 202, taking orders from the power players of the Democratic Party. He wants to be the next Obama, and so far, he’s living up to that legacy of ineffective hypocrisy.
Just last year, Booker said he was “blessed and honored” to have worked with Senator Sessions to honor civil rights marchers.
Republicans wasted no time going after Booker. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who is black, condemned Booker’s racist ravings, saying, “I have always respected Senator Booker as a colleague. This is not a decision I would have made.”
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) also weighed in, saying of Booker, “This hearing simply offers a platform for his presidential aspirations. Senator Booker is better than that, and he knows better.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren had no problem ripping into Housing and Urban Development nominee Dr. Ben Carson, asking whether any taxpayer HUD money would go to Trump and his family. President-elect Trump has not even taken office yet and Warren is already accusing his administration of creating an office full of corruption.
After receiving the question from Warren, Carson responded “I can assure you that the things that I do are driven by a sense of morals and values, and therefore I will absolutely not play favorites for anyone.”
Apparently her ears were filled with the sound of Indian war drums, because Warren continued to question, “Do I take that to mean you may manage programs that will significantly benefit the president-elect?” Dr. Carson, patient and kind as ever, repeated he would be fair to all Americans and not favor anyone.
Warren likes to think of herself as the champion of the little guy. In reality, she is a fraud. Remember when she lied about being Native American to secure a teaching position at Harvard making $400,000 for a single class?
I guess at this point we should just be thankful she wasn’t calling Dr. Carson a racist!
Senator Kamala Harris used her time in the hearing to question CIA nominee and former Congressman Mike Pompeo on whether he believed in climate change. Kamala brought up reports from NASA and current CIA director John Brennan which cited the scientific consensus on man-made climate change being a threat to the world.
Kamala asked, “Do you have any reason to doubt NASA’s findings?”
Pompeo responded, “Senator Harris, I haven’t had a chance to read those materials with respect to climate change. I do know the agency’s role there. Its role is to collect foreign intelligence, to understand threats to the world—that would certainly include threats from poor governance, regional instability, threats from all sources, and deliver that information to policymakers. And to the extent the changes in climatic activity are part of that of that foreign intelligence collection task, we’ll deliver that information to you all and to the president.”
Whether you believe climate change is a major threat to the world today or not, its foolhardy for someone like Kamala to say it should be the top priority of the CIA. Let’s let the CIA actually do its job, like fighting Islamic terrorism, keeping an eye on Russian relations, and gathering global intelligence.
Despite all three Democratic Senators efforts to enhance their public image, they’ve just wasted everybody’s time. Republicans will be able to pass all of these nominations with just 51 votes.