Democrat senators boycotting Trump’s nominee hearings were singing a very different tune when it was Obama’s nominees who needed confirming.
- Sen. Diane Feinstein: “We have always had the tradition of moving these nominees as quickly as we possibly could.”
- Sen. Patrick Leahy: “My idea would be to go boom, boom, boom, boom, boom with them, so the American people get a package as a whole. And I’d like to do all that, of course, before the inauguration.”
- Sen. Tim Kaine: “I think we owe deference to a president for choices to executive positions, and I think that is a very important thing to grapple with. The American public choose someone to be president, they’re giving that individual the mandate to govern, and that mandate includes the assembly of a team that the president feels is the appropriate team.”
- Sen. Sherrod Brown: “The confirmation of all these important people–the attorney general, the treasury secretary, the secretary of state, and so many other important Cabinet officials–all that is so important.”
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden participated in the boycott, despite having loudly condemned obstructionist tactics when Obama was president.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “It is time to get over the fact that they lost the election. The president is entitled to have his Cabinet appointments considered. None of this is going to lead to a different outcome.”