TRUMP WON, YOU LOST, WE NOW SET THE RULES; LIKE IT OR NOT.
After more than two years of putting up with the Democratic “resistance,” SenateRepublicans finally had enough this week. They voted to curtail abuse of Senate prerogatives and restore the principle that most presidential appointees can be confirmed with a simple majority vote.
In other words, most people nominated by the president for government positions will now actually get a fair up-or-down vote, just as the framers of the Constitution envisioned.
In most previous administrations, the Senate has confirmed almost all political and judicial nominees. The Senate’s confirmation power was intended to stop only those who were patently unqualified.
But Democrats enraged by the 2016 election have sought to obstruct the smooth functioning of government at every turn. This was a fundamental – and unpatriotic – break with the past.
Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, have been extremely hesitant to change Senate rules and traditions. But this week they finally had enough. The Senate narrowly voted 51-48 for the change. All but two Republicans – Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine – voted for the change.
UP-CHUCK SCHUMER IS BESIDE HIMSELF. Constituents confirmed that his face turned red and pants brown. He was visibly upset according to eye witnesses.