One of the many things politicians have to deal with is hypocrisy, they fight against something while in opposition, but when they are ruling, they try to promote such things. And the same can be said of McConnell, his latest actions have resulted in the uprooting of some comments he made back in 2009.
Before all nominees for political offices take charge of their respective offices, they have to undergo compulsory ethics reviews, and these include their pasts, finances, and many other things. Well, when there were moves to hasten the process back in 2009, Republicans fought very hard to ensure that things go by order.
With the day getting closer, the Republican-controlled US senate is now trying to move ahead with confirmation hearings for many of those nominated to be part of Donald Trump’s cabinet and other executive positions.
According to the Deputy Senate Majority Whip, John Cornyn, “they’ve made it pretty clear they intend to slow down and resist and that doesn’t provide a lot of incentive or demonstrate good faith to negotiate changes. So I think we’re going to just be plowing ahead.”
McConnell had stated that it was the duty of his party to conduct “the appropriate review” of presidential nominations consistent with long-standing and best practices of committees, regardless of which party is the majority.”
Well, McConnell has constantly had a change of opinions when it comes to the senate’s “advice and consent” process ever since Trump won the election. For someone who went as far as not allowing a confirmation hearing for Obama’s supreme court nominee for about a year and even refusing to commit to a confirmation vote should Clinton win, this is a pretty risky reversal of the ideals that he held so strongly.
Well, even in the face of tough challenge from Democrats, McConnell may be going ahead with this move. This is what he said in an interview on Face the Nation, “what did we do? We confirmed seven cabinet appointments the day President Obama was sworn in. We didn’t like most of them either. But he won the election. So all of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustrations.” In order words, he is telling Democrats to grow up.