The Shameful Partisanship of the Pompeo Confirmation Vote (Scheduled For 5 pm Monday)

At 5 pm Monday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is poised to do something they’ve never done before: let a nominee for Secretary of State squeak through by the skin of his teeth rather than robustly confirm him. The pushback against current CIA Director Mike Pompeo is a bit baffling, writes syndicated columnist (and former George W. Bush speechwriter) Marc Thiessen.

For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president’s nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo’s record, but on the reputation of this once-storied committee.

There are no instances of a secretary of state nominee ever receiving an unfavorable committee vote since such votes were first publicly recorded in 1925 (before that, the committee voted in closed session). Democrat John Kerry was approved in a unanimous voice vote, including from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who opposes Pompeo. Democrat Hillary Clinton was approved 16 to 1, despite concerns about foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation. Madeleine Albright was approved unanimously, with the strong support of my former boss, the committee’s conservative then-chairman, Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., who called Albright “a tough and courageous lady” and voted for her despite saying that she was “sincerely wrong” in some of her foreign policy views.

There is simply no excuse for this. There are no ethical questions hanging over Pompeo’s nomination. He has engaged in no disqualifying personal conduct. And no one questions that he is extraordinarily qualified for the job. Indeed, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said that Pompeo “has a clear record of public service to his nation — in uniform, in Congress, and as the director of the CIA.” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he believes that Pompeo “will work hard to restore morale at State and work to supplement, not atrophy, the diplomatic tools at the Secretary of State’s disposal.” Yet both are voting against him. Indeed, nine of the committee’s 10 Democrats have already declared their opposition to Pompeo — including two, Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. — who voted for him to lead the CIA.

Their opposition came just as President Trump was preparing for a high-stakes nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo recently returned from North Korea, where he met with Kim and laid the groundwork for this historic meeting. Democrats ought to ask themselves how their actions will be seen in Pyongyang. To deliver such an undeserved rebuke to Pompeo at such a critical diplomatic moment would be a shameful abdication of the committee’s responsibilities.

As frustrating as it is, Sen. Rand Paul’s opposition isn’t that surprising. He’s consistent in his principled libertarianism, even if it doesn’t always make the most sense for the country and is clearly mostly about playing to his base. But to block Pompeo, as Paul and most Democrats plan on doing Monday, is playing fast and loose with an extremely important cabinet vacancy that needs to be filled yesterday. As USA Today notes, there’s a void at the State Department and Pompeo — while they acknowledge disagreeing with some of his more hawkish policy ideas — is not objectionable as a replacement for former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Unless a nominee has clear ethical or competency failings, presidents should be accorded wide latitude to select top aides whom they trust and agree with. Pompeo passes that test and merits approval.

Pompeo is no dummy — he graduated from Harvard Law School and at the top of his class at West Point. He served as a cavalry officer in Europe during the Cold War. Crucially, he has promised to reverse the damage done by Tillerson, who implemented a vacuous reorganization that drained talent and grew vacancies at State.

“I’m a talent hawk,” Pompeo testified. “I will find what I believe to be the best fit to execute America’s diplomatic mission around the world and I will encourage, demand, cajole them to come join the team.” Among the first positions to fill, he said, would be ambassador to South Korea.

As of Monday morning and early afternoon, West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin and Indiana Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly both announced their intent to back Pompeo, joining their Democratic colleague Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and very likely putting the nominee over the line toward confirmation.

But the partisanship displayed in blocking Pompeo is something that not enough Americans are privy to, especially when Democrats insist they are not obstructionists. Breaching, as Thiessen says, “two centuries of precedent in which the committee has carefully examined the credentials and qualifications of the president’s nominee for secretary of state [and acknowledging] that the president should have his choice of who should be his chief diplomatic adviser” proves that they are.

Kudos to Sens. Heitkamp, Manchin and Donnelly for putting country before party.

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John Kasich Seems To Think Liberals Will Just Embrace Him If He Runs

Very few things about John Kasich don’t irritate me.

He’s a lifelong politician. He claims to be a conservative despite holding as few conservative positions as possible and still get by. He maintains an unhealthy level of holier-than-thou-ism.

He’s like Jennifer Rubin, but somehow even hackier.

But, perhaps the most annoying thing to me is that he is under the mistaken belief that if he just attacks Republicans, conservatives, and Republicanism enough, he can somehow get elected in a bipartisan vote.

Today, Kasich’s anti-Republican crusade is against guns.

“In too many communities, convictions aren’t uploaded to the National Criminal Background Check system as they should be. This afternoon, I’ll take action to help close this gap to keep weapons out of the wrong hands in our state,” Kasich tweeted.

Asked for further details, Kasich’s office declined to elaborate Monday morning and pointed to the governor’s afternoon news conference, where he is expected to address the measure.

The announcement comes amid a national debate over gun control sparked by several mass shootings. Earlier this year, Kasich urged President Donald Trump to take action in the wake of a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Amid the reaction to Parkland, he also softened language related to the Second Amendment on his campaign website.

I cannot wait for Kasich to make his announcement, whatever it is, and look around expecting praise for “taking action” on guns. His head is already dangerously large, and today could be the day it explodes.

What is truly hilarious about Kasich’s dreams is that he somehow truly believes that the Democrats will embrace him as though he’s never held a problematic position.

Kasich, for all his faults, is pro-life. That alone will bring down every Democratic group against him with ads across every platform. That makes him anti-woman, you see.

Any Republican position he’s ever held will make him un-electable in Democrats’ eyes. He won’t win. And yet, he seems to firmly believe that it is attack Republican positions that will make him America’s Savior. He thinks the media coverage is great when in reality he’s being used as a token anti-Trump Republican and they’ll drop him as soon as Trump is no longer a thing that is happening to us.

His Messiah Complex is so misguided that it’s would be humorous if it weren’t so annoying to see him Holier-Than-Thou-ing all over the place. Please, someone, make it stop.

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Starbucks is Currently Learning that You Can’t Please SJWs the Hard Way

Starbucks can’t catch a break lately, but that is 100 percent their fault as they fed the social justice monster hoping it would eat them last.

For those not up to date on the coffee chain’s drama, Starbucks called the police on two black men who had not ordered anything, but were instead sitting in their store. Police arrived and asked the men to leave, but police say the men were being uncooperative and arrested the duo.

This, of course, sparked national outrage and social justice protesters stormed the Starbucks where the two men were arrested. It was there that a poor worker named Kevin received the brunt of the mob’s outrage despite his innocence.

Starbucks whose CEO Kevin Johnson immediately pulled out all the stops for damage control. He visited the two men to apologize personally, and instituted a rule that all Starbucks employees must be trained to deal with their own racial biases.

Of course, none of this has the social justice crowd satiated. They don’t just want an apology and a solution, they want Starbucks’ soul.

The Omega Psi Phi fraternity whose fraternity brother, Rashon Nelson, was one of the persons arrested in Starbucks, held a rally attended by some 100 protesters demonstrated against “racial injustice” at the same Starbucks on Sunday. It was there that a city councilman gave a speech demanding more from Starbucks.

According to Yahoo News,

“The actions of the Starbucks corporation are totally unacceptable,” Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson told protesters Sunday. “We know they said they’re going to move forward and specifically focus on a training that deals with unconscious bias, but that’s a one-day training.

“We want to see how they’re going to change their culture as it relates to racial insensitivity and also diversity and inclusion as it relates to making sure that everyone who comes to a Starbucks store that lives in the city of Philadelphia should feel welcome,” he added.

In social justice speak this typically means that they want Starbucks to alter their business in some way that will make it more SJW friendly. This usually involves irrational demands that Starbucks corporate will try to meet, and upon doing so will watch as their business starts to lose money and customers. How remains to be seen, but that’s not the point.

The point is, as I’ve highlighted before, that SJWs cannot and will not be pleased. What Starbucks corporate essentially did is hand their business over to the SJW mob, who will in turn dictate how the company proceeds forward in the future. The demands for making everyone who comes to Starbucks feel welcome may start out small, but rest assured it will get more absurd over time. They will create positions within the company that will help them “move forward” in a more “progressive” direction in an attempt to placate the mob.

Many a social media company has attempted to do this, and now YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook are all facing troubles of their own like depleted user bases and the threat of a new IP rising to overtake them in the drop-off. Comics, video games, and movies also suffer from SJW input as no one wants to show up to consume a product that attempts to push a message they don’t want to hear over it.

Rest assured, placation will never happen. There is no such thing as a pleased SJW. They need to be victims, and Starbucks just told them they were victims, and victims at their own hands no less.

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