This Just In: Betsy DeVos is the “Most Jeered” Nominee in Mr. Trump’s Cabinet… and Arguably the Least Competent
The NYtimes ran an article today by Dana Goldstein that catalogues the opponents to the nomination of Betsy DeVos and offers counter-arguments from the opposition with statements from groups who support her nomination. Unsurprisingly, the opponents can offer a litany of reasons to oppose her, most of which are drevied from her abysmal performance in front of the HELP committee and her inaccurate responses to questions posed by Senators on both sides of the aisle. The predominant argument FOR her runs along these lines:
Grover J. Whitehurst, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former Education Department official under President George W. Bush (said) “There was a deference to the president and his ability to have his cabinet appointments, and an institutional respect in the Senate. That has evaporated.”
“Poor Mrs. DeVos is a victim of her poor performance in her hearing,” he said, “but also of broader political theater.”
Mr. Whitehurst’s argument in a nutshell is this: if the President wants a person to serve as a Department Head, Congress should go along to get along. It’s the same argument that is used to get a whole list of poor choices for Cabinet positions in place… and democracies suffering as a result.
Welcome to the plutocracy…