The left thinks Character assassination helps their cause. All it does is make them look small
January 18, 2017 | by Arthur Seaton
Even though Republicans don’t employ character assassination in the questioning of a Democrat President’s cabinet nominees, Democrats have no problem attempting to destroy the reputation of Republican nominees.
The political theater from Democrats is once again on display with President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. Democrats have pulled out their decades old playbook of name calling, personal attacks, character assassination and accusations that the nominee is racist, sexist or any other derogatory name they can think of, all with no basis in fact.
Some of the questions being asked of Trump’s Cabinet nominees make it apparent that Democrats aren’t interested in fair hearings, but rather a political agenda.
Questioning the incoming President’s nominee for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), freshman Sen. Kamala Harris,(D-Ca.) didn’t ask Pompeo about ISIS or terrorism or national security. No, she asked his views on topics she apparently thinks are important for the role of the director of the CIA, to like global warming, Islamophobia and abortion rights. She had not one question about what he would do to protect the country from terrorism or cyber warfare. Few questions from Democrats pertained to CIA activity. Most attacks as usual, were on the nominee’s character.
In the Senate Health Committee, Rep. Tom Price,(R-Ga.), Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services Secretary, faced the same dilemma with Democrats focused on irrelevant questions. Sen. Al Frankin,(D-Mn.) was interested in Price’s stock holdings. Frankin grilled Price on his tobacco stock, saying that he found it counter-productive that a doctor would own stock in “big tobacco.” Price replied that like most people who have mutual funds, he didn’t know which stocks are in his portfolio.
Failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the socialist Senator from Vermont, asked Price if he thought everybody deserved health care. When Price replied that America is a compassionate country, Sanders spent the rest of his time loudly ranting that the “U.S. is not a compassionate country.” Republicans, for their part asked relevant questions that relate to the job of the HHS secretary.
Every confirmation hearing that’s taken place since the election has been the same. Democrats offer up talking points on social politics and left-wing ideology.
They want Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions,(R-Ala.) to recuse himself every case that the left demands him to. Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Secretary of State nominee, needs to tow the Democrat line and answer only to them. It’s almost sad seeing grown men and women acting like complete idiots on national TV, asking asinine, irrelevant questions, but they think they’re asking the important questions that need to be asked.
The grandstanding and attacks on a nominees character may make self serving Democrats feel important, but all it does is expose the lack of moral character they themselves possess.