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Democrats embarrass themselves at Confirmation hearings, other venues

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., nominee for attorney general, reads his opening statement on Capitol Hill on Jan. 10, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

January 15, 2017 | by Arthur Seaton

Republicans have always followed the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. When Barack Obama became president, his nominees for Cabinet positions and judgeship’s were confirmed without much fanfare. Democrats on the other hand, have waged war on every nominee that a Republican president has nominated, making unsubstantiated and false claims and accusations in an attempt to discredit and defame the nominees.

Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution

The hearings this week on President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees have been no different. Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have been accusing Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions,(R-Ala.) of being racist and that he can’t be trusted to protect the rights of blacks and other minorities.

Sen. Cory Booker,(D-NJ.) broke with Senate tradition by testifying against Sessions, saying “The next attorney general must bring hope and healing to this country, and this demands a more courageous empathy than Sen. Sessions’ record demonstrates,” though Booker didn’t elaborate on what empathy had to do with job of the AG. Booker’s testimony was said to be nothing more than an audition for a presidential run in 2020.

Rep. Cedric Richmond(D-La.) railed about being “forced” to testify on the last day of the confirmation hearing, saying it was akin to being forced to “sit in the back of the bus” and “Jim Crow.” Throughout the two day hearing, the race card was played over and over, with no regard for the truth or facts. Rep. John Lewis(D-Ga.) also testified, as did other members of the CBC, all of whom made accusations of racism their central theme, of course.

In a later interview with Chuck Todd of MSNBC, Rep. Lewis said that he didn’t consider President-elect Trump a “legitimate president.” Trump responded and a firestorm of indignation from the Left erupted. The Left apparently doesn’t think that Trump didn’t have the right to respond to criticism from a person of Lewis’ “stature,” or any other naysayer for that matter.

Newly elected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) demanded that Trump CIA director nominee Rep. Mike Pompeo,(R-Ks.) answer to the threat of climate change during his questioning. Pompeo appeared confounded that Harris was asking him about the so-called catastrophic weather prediction many Republicans consider a hoax. Harris also grilled Pompeo about gay rights and his voting position on gay marriage. She also took the time to ask Pompeo about Muslims in the CIA. She didn’t take the time to ask about ISIS or Iran or terror attacks.

Every confirmation hearing that took place this week was the same. The nominees were all racists, sexists, homophobes and any other insulting term or phrase the Democrats could come up with out of their decades old playbook. Democrats didn’t ask any questions that were relevant to the jobs the nominees were nominated to do.

After decades of using the same playbook, one would think that Democrats would at least come up with some new unfounded insults to throw around. The confirmation hearings this week shows they haven’t. And they wonder why they’ve lost over 1,000 seats from the statehouse to the White House. It’s surprising they haven’t complained about the name of the Executive Mansion being racist.