Still to come: more thunder over such Trump nominees as Scott Pruitt for the Environmental Protection Agency, Andy Puzder for Labor and Steve Mnuchin for Treasury. Maybe, just maybe, Democrats will derail one of them — but the important thing is that Warren and other lefties are raising big money with these stunts.
Ironically, one of Puzder’s biggest problems is that he once (unknowingly) hired an illegal immigrant — an odd thing for a 21st-century Democrat to pretend is outrageous.
At this point, anyway, it seems the Senate minority will try to “run out the clock” on Trump’s pick to run Veterans Affairs — and Dr. David Shulkin is an Obama holdover.
Perhaps the sound and fury will cease by the time Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination comes up. At least nine Democratic senators have said they oppose a filibuster, and that includes well-left-of-center types like Chris Coons (Del.), Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.).
On the other hand, the party’s base hasn’t yet started demanding scorched-earth tactics on the high-court fight, and the senators have plenty of time to “discover” reasons to change their minds.
Until top Democrats are willing to stand up to the angry left, the kabuki theater will continue.