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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Now It's Price's Turn

Today, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Dr. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Barring the unexpected, Price will be confirmed and then sworn in this evening.

Probably the most notable thing about this process is that the Democrats didn't hold one of their all night speech parties in the Senate chamber.  We got an all-nighter for Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions.  I hope Dr. Price is not insulted that he did not merit another big wasted effort by the senate Democrats.

I wonder if the Democrats are just tired of futile gestures that keep them up past their normal bed times?  Who knows, maybe the fund raising numbers after the second all-nighter fell off dramatically from the cash the Democrats raised off their first batch of late night speeches.  Remember, Dr. Price will be a key player in the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, something that is supposed to be the Democrats' biggest achievement of the Obama years.  I doubt that the Democrats would concede that the Price nomination is just not that important.

The sad thing about this ongoing delaying campaign by the Democrats is that it has absolutely no chance of success.  This week, the Senate has wasted countless hours on nominations that clearly should have been quickly approved.

It's a very bad thing for the country to have a political party that delays just for the sake of delay.  There are times when delaying tactics might make sense to achieve a political goal.  This is not one of those times.  All the Democrats have succeeded in doing is demonstration to the country that they are impotent in the face of a unified GOP and that they still have nothing positive to propose.  The Democrats have really become the "party of no".

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