Mattis Easily Clears First Hurdle

The Senate today voted to waive the waiting period for retired General James Mattis so that he can serve as secretary of defense. The vote was 24-3 in committee and 81-17 from the floor. All the nay votes were from Democrats. A confirmation vote still needs to be held, which Mattis is expected to win easily.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York called Mattis’ confirmation “a historic mistake.” She pushed the point of civilian control of the military, but failed to address how Mattis is still too connected to the military to be considered a civilian. She just highlighted that he is still with-in the waiting period and therefore nothing further needs to be examined. She was careful not to criticize Mattis, but by doing so she ended up not making much of a case at all.

Here is a list of the 17 Democrats who voted against the Mattis waiver (you can expect their presidential exploratory committees to soon follow):
Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Sen. Richard Blumenthal
Sen. Corey Booker
Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Sen. Dick Durbin
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Ed Markey
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Sen. Chris Murphy
Sen. Patty Murray
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sen. Jon Tester
Sen. Tom Udall
Sen. Chris Van Hollen
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Ron Wyden

trump-and-mattis.