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President-Elect’s Appointees May Not All Be Coronated

December 12, 2008

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 ... 
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.

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