How can a general fight with no army?
Democrats have a majority in the Senate….
It’s slim to none….
But it still a majority….
And President Biden has a shitload of cabinet people he needs standing around twiddling their thumbs…..
The problem appears to be the worst it has ever been. A year after Mr. Biden’s inauguration, only 41 percent of his nominees for Senate-confirmed posts have been approved, according to a new analysis by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan group that seeks to make the federal government more effective.
Mr. Biden, for his part, has issued nominations at a faster pace than President Donald J. Trump did, but slower than Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, according to the analysis. Regardless, it has taken an average of 103 days for the Senate to confirm Mr. Biden’s nominees — about a month longer than in the Obama administration, about twice as long as in the Clinton administration and nearly three times as long as during the Reagan era.
“You’re seeing a broken system breaking down even further, and in an election year it’s not going to get better,” said Max Stier, the Partnership’s chief executive. “We need a political Geneva Convention, to distinguish between legitimate partisan differences and the destruction of our core government infrastructure.”….
“The truth is that some Republicans’ unprecedented obstructionism is straining the system to the breaking point,” Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey and the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said on the Senate floor last month, adding that the situation was forcing the president to operate without critical national security officials in place, “leaving our nation weakened.”
Charts supplied by a staff member for the committee’s top Republican, Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, suggested the committee was moving faster on nominations than in the previous Congress, when Mr. Risch was the committee’s chairman.
But more than 15 other Senate committees have jurisdiction over some nominations. And the foot dragging extends beyond blocking committee hearings on nominees….
This month, the White House resubmitted more than 100 nominations after the Senate adjourned for the December recess without taking action on them. Some of those nominees have been waiting nearly a year to begin work…