March 12, 2021

The Senate has confirmed Merrick Garland as Attorney General by 70-30 (GOP leader Mitch McConnell was among 20 Republicans voting to confirm) and Martha Fudge as Secretary of HUD by 66-34.

I generally think that unless there are serious reasons to reject a nominee (like that Xavier Becerra is a vicious leftist partisan with zero qualifications for running Health and Human Services), then Presidents should be allowed to pick the people they want for their team. Elections have consequences, and this is one of them, as unhappy as it might be.

However, in these cases, the Republican confirmation votes are drawing heavy criticism.

Garland was so evasive and acted so clueless when asked about major issues he’ll be dealing with that he was either lying under oath or he hasn’t looked at a newscast in 20 years. Neither bodes well for his job. His refusal to say whether he would kill the Durham investigation or prevent its findings from being made public virtually insures that the only plotters of a genuine coup against the legitimately-elected government in the past five years will get off scot-free.

As for Fudge, as Matt Margolis recounts at the link, she carries more baggage than American Airlines. She has a long history of being a radical race-baiter, viciously insulting Republicans, and spouting insane racial conspiracy theories. And she got the votes of 16 Republicans.

Again, while I generally think Presidents should be allowed to pick their teams, both of these nominations could have been confirmed 51-50. It wouldn’t have prevented them from taking office, but at least it wouldn’t have given Americans the impression that these are acceptable, bipartisan, mainstream choices when they are anything but.

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  • Robyn Maslowe

    03/13/2021 12:37 PM

    God bless you and your family.
    God bless our Country while it is still our country. But what has happened to the Republican Party.
    To go along with the Demonkrats and accept those two is unbelievable. We the People feel the Republican Party is caving to the left. Trying to do away with our first and second amendments as well as our right to vote. What are the Republican Senators doing? I pray to God everyday that he will help our Great Country before it’s too late. God bless you for all you do. Love your Bible verses and newsletter! Thank you!

  • Bonuta Ensminger

    03/13/2021 11:43 AM

    This is just the blind leading the blind, because he would not commit to any of the important issues in our country and the majority of the Democratic Party are so brainwashed through the MSM and Media and Pelosi and Schumer so the y do not see the danger this party is bringing to this country. How can so many good people be so blind.

  • Anna Fletcher

    03/13/2021 11:22 AM

    Elections do have consequences, but this election was stolen by democrats and rinos. They should go back and hand count only legal votes so the true winner is put into office.

  • michael arp

    03/13/2021 12:52 AM

    Thanks Mike, for bringing great opinions along with the news! My point; I keep saying we need a new party, the Repub. party is too corrupted; RINOs and Trump haters and other corruption! "When you add clean water to dirty water, what do you get? Dirty water!!" Thanks again!

  • Noel Holub

    03/12/2021 02:34 PM

    I don't think our country can be rescued with the administration that is now in the White House. We can complain al we want but we aren't doing anything. The people leading the administration (and I don't mean Biden) are communists determined to make this country and the people in it their subjects. We will be slaves for them or dead.