Ann Althouse, a retired law professor, captured Hatch's new attitude with this headline:
"I don't care what they want at this point," said Orrin Hatch.This is a new and refreshing attitude for Republicans, well in keeping with President Trump's demeanor.
"They" = Senate Democrats.
Democrats have been throwing post-election tantrums for three months now.
It is time to ignore their belligerence and incivility.
Hatch heads the finance committee which needed to vote on Steve Mnuchin before the Senate can vote to confirm him as Secretary of Treasury, and on Tom Price as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Cheered on by a complacently liberal media, Democrats boycotted the meeting, in an effort to avoid confirmation. Committee rules require at least one Democrat be present before a vote occurs.
Hatch had his committee waive the rule.
"This is all approved by the Parliamentarian," Hatch said. "I wouldn't have done it if it hadn't been."
He could have sent the Senate's sergeant at arms to force Democrats to attend the hearing. He did not.
Hatch chuckled when confronted by questions from reporters about the little notice that the public received about Wednesday s meeting. "You were scrambling? Well, you know, that's neither here nor there," he said.
The chairman also said that he had not yet spoken with the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Ron Wyden, Wednesday morning. "I don't feel a bit sorry for them," Hatch said.This is a refreshing new attitude, long overdue.
For decades, Democrats have gotten away with strong-arm tactics with complaint from the scribes.
Well, that changed on 20 January, did it not?
CNN huffed about this:
Democrats asked that Price offer clarify on "inaccurate and misleading answer to questions about privileged and discounted access to stocks," and wanted Mnuchin to address "inaccurate and misleading answer to questions about the potentially illegal process known as robo-signing," among other things.
But with the two nominations already having been sent to the full Senate, Republicans are unlikely to cooperate.
"I don't care what they want at this point," Hatch said.Ha ha ha.
But what about comity?
What about the long-term implications?
What about straining relations between the parties?
Don't care. Democrats have never cared. Why should Republicans?
Democrats tried this crap in Wisconsin in February 2011. Remember the shouting mobs Democrats sent to the Capitol in Madison? Meanwhile, Democrats left the state to try to stop the vote in the legislature.
But Republican Governor Scott Walker did not bend, and he became the first governor in our nation's history to survive a recall election.
And in November, Wisconsin flipped red in the presidential race for the first time since 1984.
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