January 25, 2005


Senate Democrats Speak of Slowing Confirmation Votes (CARL HULSE, 1/25/05, NY Times)

Trying to show that they remain a force despite their reduced numbers, Senate Democrats on Monday threatened new hurdles for President Bush's cabinet choices and expressed deep misgivings about the planned Social Security changes at the heart of this year's Republican agenda.

Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota said he was mulling whether to try to stall consideration of Michael O. Leavitt, Mr. Bush's choice for health secretary, unless Mr. Dorgan was guaranteed a vote on allowing importation of cheaper prescription drugs.

In addition, a growing number of Democrats are raising issues about the selection of Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general, a nomination initially headed for quick approval.

The political problems for the nominees arose after Democrats last week blocked a quick vote on the approval of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state. As many as a dozen Democrats intend to use the Senate floor on Tuesday as a platform to lay out their objections to Ms. Rice, tying her to what they see as the administration's mistakes in Iraq.

Okay, you can muster twelve votes against her, from the whacko fringe of your party as it drifts further and further from the mainstream--but what's the point?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2005 7:07 AM

Maybe Rove can convince the Dems to filibuster Rice and Gonzalez.

Posted by: Peter at January 25, 2005 8:22 AM

After all, obstructionism worked so well for Tom Daschle.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 25, 2005 9:26 AM

Once again, the Dems demonstrate their unfitness to govern. Beginning with the nomination of the supremely unqualified Senator Edwards to be vice president and continuing with the ludicrous sniping over the war and the refusal to confirm speedily the President's selection for Secretary of State in a time of war, the Democrats again display an interest not in governing but in raw power. This is a group that cannot be trusted and it will behoove the President to insure that the Republican Party remains the governing party in both the Congress and executive branch.

He has certainly made a heck of a start on that goal with increased Republican majorities in both houses of Congress.

Posted by: Morrie at January 25, 2005 9:37 AM