Do not despair about Trump’s awful nominees getting confirmed. In all of U.S. history, only 9 cabinet nominees have ever been voted down by the Senate. The last time a Senate of the same party as the president rejected a president’s cabinet pick was 1925.
The fights are nonetheless important for setting down markers. Betsy DeVos, for example, will not be able to do as much damage as otherwise because the public will be watching carefully, and Senate Democrats on the Department’s authorizing committee will keep her on a short leash.
If Jeff Sessions gets through as Attorney General, the public and the press will now know of his questionable racist past, his white nationalist leanings, and his contempt for the Voting Rights Act. This won’t make him a better Attorney General, but it will make more of the public vigilant to assure he’s not as terrible as he might be.
Keep your eyes on the big ones: Trump’s unconstitutional conflicts of financial interest, his Russian connection, his trampling on religious liberties, his big lies and denigration of the press, and his overall fascistic tendencies. These will bring him down.
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