In another example of so-called “good conservatives” rolling over to give Obama whatever he wants, the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Common Core advocate and defender, Dr. John King, as Secretary to the Department of Education.
Michelle Malkin exposed the problem with Dr. King’s nomination; but Senator Mike Lee cut straight to the heart of the issue in his Senate floor speech opposing the nomination. Here are the Senator’s remarks, reported by Conservative Review:
“And more to the point, what matters isn’t the jobs that someone has held, but the policies they have advanced. This, Mr. President, is the problem with Dr. King’s nomination.
“Look closely at his record – especially the three and a half years he spent as New York’s education commissioner, where he forced on an unwilling school system unpopular Common Core curriculum and standards, an inflexible testing regime, and a flawed teacher evaluation system.
“All of this proves that Dr. King is the standard bearer of No Child Left Behind – the discredited K-12 regime that has become synonymous with dysfunctional education policy in classrooms and households across America.”
So which Republican Senators went along with Barack Obama’s nomination?
Lamar Alexander (TN)
Bill Cassidy (LA)
Thad Cochran (MS)
Susan Collins (ME)
John Cornyn (TX)
Orrin Hatch (UT)
Mitch McConnell (KY)
Every one of these GOP Senators who voted for the nomination is either retiring of was recently re-elected. Odds are that many GOP Senators supported the nomination, but their vote was not needed for passage.
Senators will commonly take turns taking the “tough votes” and the unwritten rule is that if Senator A is outside their election year, then Senator A takes the tough vote so Senator B (who is up for election), can get re-elected. Once Senator B is re-elected, Senator B returns the favor by taking the “tough votes” for Senator A.
In other words, it’s just business as usual in Washington, D.C. This cave-in by Republican Senators is another example why voters are beyond angry this election cycle. They’re tired of sending people to Washington to limit the size of government and reduce the spread of liberalism – when most of them just “go along to get along” and nothing ever changes.
Is it time to vote out every incumbent Senator and Congressman, and elect Donald Trump as President to send the GOP Establishment a message they won’t forget?