Call me crazy, but I think it’s going to be very difficult to be post-partisan and get all cozy with Republicans when the master of divisiveness, Karl Rove, is setting the GOP strategy. He’s took the lead on the opposition to Eric Holder and the GOP Senators dutifully followed:
What was considered a smooth path to confirmation has recently been complicated as signs of hostility toward Holder have increased over the past month. Political operative Karl Rove and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), for example, singled out the longtime Washington lawyer as the candidate who would face bruising questions.
“The attorney general nominee, Mr. Holder, has got serious questions to respond to with regard to his role in the . . . pardons at the end of the Clinton administration and some other matters,” McConnell said yesterday. “Beyond that, I don’t anticipate trouble for the new president’s nominees.”
This is a made up controversy, designed to show the new president that the 41 GOP Senators have some clout. Obama and the Democratic Senators need to roll them. Over and over and over. If McConnell wants to make this session about the GOP filibuster, let him try. But, the Democrats better make the GOP fail on this first one.