Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Irritated Rubio grills Rex Tillerson on Russia: “Is Vladimir Putin a war criminal?”
At Hot Air by Allahpundit
Gotta say, although I think Rubio will cave and end up voting for Tillerson reluctantly, the palpable disdain he evinces here for the nominee really has me wondering. You don’t expect resolve from a guy who said in the primaries that Trump was unfit to command the nuclear arsenal and then endorsed him for president a few months later, but it’s hard logically to get from the point A of this clip to the point B of Rubio voting to confirm. And remember, his vote counts more than most: He’s a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will vote after the hearing on whether to recommend Tillerson to the full Senate. The GOP enjoys an 11-10 advantage on that committee. If Rubio flips and votes no, the GOP will need to flip a Democrat or else Tillerson will lose the committee vote. And it’s unusual for a nominee who fails in committee to be confirmed by the full Senate.