Donald Trump won the elections and the Democrats lost leaving the left stunned and out of power. So,true to form, they turn to retaliation. They will shamelessly hurl accusations and innuendo at Senate hearings in vain attempts to block every nomination.
It’s all a show.
“He’s guaranteed to be confirmed,” he said. “Democrats know this. The point of this is to dirty up Sessions as much as possible … A lot of this is just performance art for their base that just can’t believe Trump won.”
Democrats Helpless as Sessions Heads to Hill
Liberals without the votes to torpedo AG confirmation prepare to ‘dirty up’ Alabama senator
From Polizette: By Brendan Kirby | Updated 10 Jan 2017
Sen. Jeff Sessions will be in the hot seat Tuesday as senators consider his nomination for attorney general — but, barring an unexpected revelation, Democrats appear to lack the ammunition to stop him.
Not that the Alabama Republican’s critics won’t try.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have already promised a thorough examination of his record, and Sen. Chis Coons (D-Del.) told CNN on Monday that there are “many areas where his votes and his record, from civil liberties to civil rights to torture to criminal justice reform to immigration are starkly different from my own.”
Sessions can expect grilling on all of that, as well as his relationship with President-Elect Donald Trump, his tenure as a prosecutor in the 1980s, and old allegations of racial insensitivity that sank his bid for a judicial appointment in 1986.
Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College in California, said the big question is whether the hearings will produce any information about the senator’s record that has not already been rehashed.
“If there isn’t any really new information, it’s hard to see how he loses,” said Pitney, pointing to the GOP majority in the Senate and former Democratic Leader Harry Reid’s decision to eliminate the filibuster for Cabinet appointments.
As long as the Republican caucus remains unified, Democrats are powerless to block Sessions. And it’s hard to see where those Republican defectors would come from. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the kind of party-bucking senator who might be a problem for Sessions, has spoken favorably about the nomination. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a vociferous critic of Trump, put out a statement in November supporting him.