( - promoted by Matt Glazer)
Maybe this isn't the very definition of irony, but on a day of happiness centered around a theme of unity, change, and bipartisanship, I guess someone had to bring a little black raincloud on this otherwise beautiful day.
And that someone is John Cornyn. (although a shout out to Rick Warren's gray cloud, too*)
As just reported by CNN,Texas' junior senator has placed a hold on Hillary Clinton's nomination to Secretary of State. She will not be confirmed with the rest of the cabinet later this afternoon, but rather, later tommorow. He supposedly has problems with Bill Clinton's financial disclosures
This strikes me as the worst kind of partisan dick move. It is both ineffectual and either completely partisan or personal, as she will be confirmed, merely delaying the inevitable, and therefore begs the question: why? And why Cornyn? If the GOP leadership really wanted to hold up her nomination, even for one day, let David "yes i wear diapers and visit prostitutes" Vitter do it, as he was the lone person who voted against her confirmation in committee.
Now you can certainly vote against Hillary Clinton's nomination if you wish. But to delay her confirmation? Cornyn is denying the incoming administration of a key member if its national security team at a time when we are dealing with two wars, a simmering invasion in Gaza, a newly aggressive North Korea, "Putin rearing his head" by shutting off natural gas shipments to Eurpoe, and various other emerging threats. (Can you tell I've waited several years to play the "Republicans are putting our country at risk by being partisan" card for a while?)
In any case, thanks John Cornyn, for letting the country know that on a day like today, you can still count on Republicans and Texas to be a little dickish.
* - This gray cloud's silver lining? that Warren's invocation was forgettable and banal while the benediction was the second best part of the entire Inauguration, slightly above John Roberts screwing up the Presdidential oath and Obama correcting him.