Wow. It trurns out there is a price paid by Democrats refusing to give Trump and his 63 million voters in 30 states (and part of Maine) the peaceful transfer of power they deserve.
Obstinacy is exhausting.
And that is good for the Republic.
The Senate remained in session for 57 consecutive hours to confirm those two nominees, wearing down lawmakers and staff. But the collective exhaustion could open the door to negotiations on a broader deal to confirm Trump’s Cabinet.
The GOP is seeking to approve Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as Health and Human Services Department Secretary as soon as Thursday afternoon, senators said. If Democrats continuing resisting, that vote wouldn't occur until around 2 a.m. Friday morning.
Republicans said privately they believed the chamber could adjourn for the week on Thursday afternoon.
“I think Dr. Price will be voted on this afternoon, hopefully,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). “If we stay on regular order we’ll be here through Saturday, but if experience is any indicator we’ll come to some agreement to shorten that. We just don’t know know yet. But the outcome isn’t going to change.”
That could push the confirmation of Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary into early next week. But David Shulkin, the nominee to lead the Veterans Department, could be confirmed imminently, facing little opposition from Democrats.President Trump (with an able assist from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) is wearing the senators out.
That's a good thing, considering 20 of the 100 senators are older than President Trump, who was the oldest man ever sworn in as president.
FDR was president when 19 of these birds were born.
Maybe working this hard -- at a pace that Trump has worked for the last 50 years -- will tire them out and convince it is time to retire.
Maybe next year, Dianne Feinstein won't seek another term that will end when she is 91.
Maybe Orrin Hatch will make the same decision.
Maybe Bernie Sanders.
Maybe Bill Nelson.
We don't need term limits.
We need time limits.
Anyone 80 or older should not be in the House or Senate, or serving on the Supreme Court. I don't care how mentally sharp you are or physically fit. The time has come to go. A new generation awaits. It may be the worst generation ever, but it is their time.
So please, Senate, keep putting in marathon sessions that last until the next afternoon. Wear yourselves out. Make being a senator as unpleasant as it can be. And maybe then, John McCain, Patrick Leahy, and yes, even Mitch McConnell will realize the need to retire already.
"Trump the Establishment" is an account on how the Establishment used the media to stop the Trump Train in the general election by constantly badgering him on personal issues, often petty. But Trump prevailed based on his abilities as a CEO, and his stances on the real issues of the economy and national security, which I also delve into.
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This is the sequel to "Trump the Press," which covered the nomination. It is available on Kindle, or in paperback on Create Space.