The excuses for Democrats to oppose Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State are getting weaker and weaker.
After news broke of Director Pompeo’s meeting with Kim Jong Un, members of the media and even some Democrats are praising Pompeo for his diplomatic efforts.
A CNN foreign policy panel this morning praised Pompeo for his “high stakes” meeting and stated he deserves enormous credit for pulling it off.
Former Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis said “you’ve got to give full credit” to Pompeo for doing the nation a “great favor” in pulling off this meeting.
"If you don't confirm Pompeo, you have a set back in the North Korean Talks" --@PhilipRucker I think this is the undeniable conclusion and will weigh heavily on @SenateDems and even @RandPaul: If you want a denuclearized Korean peninsula w/o conflict, how do you take Pompeo out?— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) April 18, 2018
Senators Blumenthal and Murphy even admitted this morning that Pompeo’s meeting was a good thing and the “preparation is certainly welcome.”
Rep. Adam Schiff said the meeting was “good news for diplomacy and I'm glad that the meeting took place. Look, it's much better than the footing we were on before.”
To be clear, Democrats who oppose Pompeo are taking a position to the left of the Washington Post editorial board, which urged Senators to confirm Pompeo last week, writing, “rejecting or delaying his nomination, as Mr. Trump juggles multiple crises without adequate counsel, probably would make an already parlous situation worse.”
As Senator Tom Cotton pointed out last night, secretary of state confirmation votes typically are near unanimous. Even Hillary Clinton received over 90 voters for confirmation. Democrats are setting a dangerous precedent and opposing Pompeo in a blind obstruction effort, even if it would mean leaving America’s top diplomatic post open.
Democrats need to put the partisan games aside, and confirm Pompeo.
John Kerry Was Confirmed Secretary Of State By The Senate By A Vote Of 94-3. (Kerry Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 113: Approved 94-3-1: R-42-3; D-52-0-1, 01/29/13)
Hillary Clinton Was Confirmed Secretary Of State By The Senate By A Vote Of 94-2. (Clinton Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 111: Approved 94-2-2: R-39-2; D-57-0-2, 01/21/09)
Condoleezza Rice Was Confirmed Secretary Of State By The Senate By A Vote Of 85-13. (Rice Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 8: Approved 85-13-2: R-53-0-2; D-44-31; I-0-1, 01/26/05)
Colin Powell Was Confirmed Secretary Of State By Unanimous Voice Vote. (Powell Nomination, Voice Vote: Approved By Voice Vote, 01/20/01)