Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed Democrats on Wednesday for sandbagging Donald Trump and forcing him to take office with a skeleton crew. McConnell said only three of Trump’s Cabinet nominees would likely be confirmed by the time Trump is sworn in – a far cry from the seven nominees the Senate had in place for Barack Obama in 2009.
“It’s safe to say the Democrats are in a bad mood,” McConnell told USA Today. “You can see that in the way the confirmations process is going on in the Senate. We are getting off to kind of a rough start.”
He said it was ridiculous for Democrats to expend so much political capital on what was sure to be a failed effort to block Trump’s picks.
“I remember, frankly, being appalled at some of Barack Obama’s appointments but my attitude was he won the election and that is what comes with winning the election,” McConnell said.
What a novel concept.
Of course, there are some differences. For one thing, McConnell was probably not shocked in November 2008 when Obama defeated John McCain. Democrats, on the other hand, still have no idea what happened just two short months ago. They may be present, physically, in the confirmation hearings, but their minds are still re-living November 8th – still trying to cope with an outcome they thought was impossible.
And it’s not just about Trump, though that’s the largest part of their hysterical opposition. It’s also about the smoldering wreckage of their liberal agenda. They thought they had everything in place for a generation of political dominance. The Supreme Court would tilt their way. Their policies on immigration, criminal justice reform, and the economy would give them an unbreakable voting alliance, and the country’s natural demographic shift would take care of the rest. The Republican Party would either have to lunge to the left or be consigned to the dustbin of history.
Now they’re staring down the barrel of a future they never imagined in their worst nightmares. A future where the U.S. turns back to the principles and policies that made America the greatest nation to ever grace the planet. A future filled with patriotism, pride, and opportunity. A future where people rely on their own unique talents and abilities instead of the gracious hand of the federal government. A future where Americans have little use for liberal Democrats.
At the end of the day, Democrats on Capitol Hill aren’t just rooting for Donald Trump to fail; they have a vested interest in making sure the country fails under his watch.