Soon-to-be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s expected approval by the Senate Tuesday has just hit a small speed bump that could delay her appointment for a day.
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, the incoming head of the GOP’s Senate campaign committee, has penned a letter to the incoming SoS saying he’s “deeply troubled that America’s foreign policy and your diplomatic mission will be encumbered by the sweeping global activities of the Clinton Foundation.”
Like Dick Lugar, John Kerry and David Vitter, Cornyn wants increased transparency of Bill Clinton’s charitable fundraising. Oklahoma Republican Tom “Dr. No” Coburn — who might try to block Hilda Solis’ appointment as labor secretary — has also reached out to Clinton’s office to express his disatisfaction.
Cornyn can’t permanently block Clinton’s appointment, but he could object to a unanimous consent motion allowing Clinton to be approved by a voice vote. (This will) push the vote back to Wednesday, when the upper chamber reconvenes for regular business.
Unanimous Voice Approval of a President’s nominees is traditional; so Cornyn’s dissent sens a strong message. (Note to John McCain: Watch and Learn, John. This is how you NOT Roll Over.)
longislandlol : these repubs are toxic
kellygrrrl : can’t imagine anything more insultive (sic) than being called a Texas Republican
banja : Cornyn is another shameless bitter rethuglican (sic) making a conservative partisan point. He knows he can only delay the inevitable, he just had to throw an unfair parting shot, very classy.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. All the Clintons had to do was stop accepting foreign donations and everything would have been fine. But Billy-Bob wouldn’t do that, would he? Hillary disingenuously said during her confirmation that “No other President has had to disclose their contributors before.” Well, yes, but no other First Lady has ever been nominated for Secretary of State before, either.
Different standards for higher office. Get used to that “ethics” thing, Hillary. We’ve got your number now, lady.
Hillary Clinton and John Cornyn, who’s delaying her floor confirmation vote, have been having a fairly heated (that is to say, intense but cordial) discussion just out of earshot under the Washington statue in the rotunda. Lots of hand gestures, back and forth and her squeezing his forearm.
Two feet away Chelsea Clinton is joking with John McCain and his wife, Cindy.
UPDATE: A Cornyn spokesman took a bit of umbrage, e-mailing us to say: “Carl Cameron reported on Fox a little while ago that while he couldn’t hear their conversation, it appeared to be warm and cordial.”
We don’t disagree with the “cordial,” but “warm” is debatable