The back-and-forth over when to hold a confirmation hearing for Eric Holder, President-elect Barack Obama‘s choice for attorney general, isn’t simply a matter of saving a date on the Senate calendar. It’s an early test of strength for minority Republicans on the eve of one-party Democratic rule in Washington.
By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer
Even with a Democrat in the White House and strong Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, Republicans are making clear that they won’t be ignored — and warning Obama that he shouldn’t expect swift confirmation of Holder or any other Cabinet choices.
“It’s not a coronation,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said of Holder’s confirmation hearings.
Senator Charles Schumer (L) (D-NY) meets with U.S. Attorney General nominee Eric Holder on Capitol Hill in Washington December 10, 2008.REUTERS/Mitch Dumke (UNITED STATES)
To anyone who understands political lexicon, his comments and those of a parade of other Judiciary Committee Republicans were clear warning shots fired from a fading Congress toward the Democratic leaders of the next one — for the benefit of anyone who believes one-party rule will mean quick or easy governing.