ELDER PATRIOT – The Senate voted 56-43 to advance Rex Tillerson’s confirmation vote to be President Trump’s Secretary of State. The vote reveals just how weak a position Democrats now find themselves in as they try to find a path to block the president’s America First agenda.
This leaves Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer with few options to stop Trump’s plans to steamroll the Democrats’ Marxist-Globalist policies of the past century.
Schumer had hoped to persuade Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham to find a third member of their party and join him in blocking Trump’s anti-globalist agenda. With the Republicans holding 52 seats that is the minimum number of Republican defectors Democrats need to shut down any of Trump’s initiatives.
Yesterday’s vote delivered a cold dose of reality to Schumer when three Democrats and one of the Senate’s two Independents joined in voting with the Republicans.
This was not unexpected because Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) are up for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won by significant margins. Mark Warner (Va.) also broke ranks. He may be looking ahead to the revelations that Trump’s voter fraud investigation is likely to yield. Keep in mind that Virginia Governor and Clinton sycophant, Terry McAuliffe, played fast and lose with qualifying voters for the 2016 election.
These are not the only Democrats facing re-election in states that Trump carried meaning others will have to tread lightly on stonewalling the popular president as well.
The Democrats only have themselves to blame for the situation they find themselves in today because they implemented the “nuclear option” three years ago in order to get Barack Obama’s extreme radical nominees approved. The nuclear option refers to the reduction in the need for sixty votes to shut down a filibuster to a simple majority.
These defectors, and the fact that we can expect more vulnerable Democratic Senators to join them, leave McCain and Graham with no option but to support President Trump. Voting otherwise would be fruitless and leave them isolated from Republicans who are committed to working with the president to make America great again.
Schumer and the Democrats are refusing to acknowledge they are holding a losing hand and have resorted to walking out of committee meetings today in order to delay votes on other Trump nominees.
Trump and the Republicans will call their bluff and just like poor poker players, the Democrats who are overplaying their losing hands they will find themselves poorer and weaker in the long run for their intransigence.
Adults would state their objection clearly and move on so that they might refer back to them in the future if it would benefit them to do so at that time. Avoiding stating their objections is what is motivating them at this time because they know after Trump’s agenda has been implemented any objections they declare now can and will be held against them during a future re-election effort.
Even former president Barack Obama would disapprove of Schumer’s strategy if he weren’t busy advising differently now:
When Barack Obama and the Democrats had control of Congress they shut the Republicans out of the legislative process. Obama infamously told Republicans to “deal with it because elections have consequences.”
It’s now the Democrats turn to accept the facts of political life.