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What's the Difference Between the Senate and a Glacier?

What's the Difference Between the Senate and a Glacier?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters following the Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol April 17, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon Saturday, 28 April 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Answer? The glacier is capable of sustained movement.

We now have confirmation that the Senate, under the leadership of Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell, is incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. Bob Corker — the Hokey Pokey senator: He’s in, he’s out… — told Newsmax that “many of President Donald Trump's key ambassadorial appointments are not getting confirmed by the Senate because Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has little interest in making them a priority.”

So what could be causing the holdup? Corker explains, “Mitch McConnell is going to take up judges — people who are going to be there for a lifetime — over ambassadors who will be there for a short time.”

The stunning portion of that remarkable statement is Corker evidently believes his lame explanation should satisfy everyone who is currently wondering why almost a year and a half into his administration the president’s appointees are still languishing in Senate committee purgatory.

The Senate of the United States, which pompously bills itself as "The World’s Oldest Deliberative Body," is unable to walk and chew gum. Why aren’t both varieties of appointment being confirmed, a restless electorate might ask?

Corker explains that internal club rules of the Senate, which appear nowhere in the Constitution or the laws of our great land, are being exploited in a calculated manner to delay Trump appointees indefinitely.

Democrats have put “holds” on almost every Trump nominee, which means 150 are waiting for an up-or-down vote in the Senate. As Newsmax explains, “Under current Senate rules and scheduling, it could more than a decade to confirm Trump's nominees.” And Curator McConnell has done exactly nothing to remove the delay.

Evidently McConnell is laboring under the false impression that he needs to save these roadblock rules for when he’s back in the minority — coming soon to a voting booth near you — and he wants to block the appointees of whatever leftist president the Democratic Party foists on us.

This is delusional and if McConnell doesn’t realize it, he’s not a well man. The last time Democrats were in power in the Senate, Harry Reed unilaterally changed Senate rules when McConnell tried a much milder form of delay tactics. If Chuck Schumer (D-NY) takes the gavel, he will vaporize those rules and McConnell will be sitting on a legacy of failure when Trump was president and impotence under Democratic rule.

McConnell needs to get off the dime and get to work. Republicans elected Trump and he, and his voters, deserve a chance to put his appointees into office to implement his program.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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We now have confirmation that the Senate, under the leadership of Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell, is incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.
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