GOP Still Finding Its Way
By Ben Pershing
When you're on the tracks and a train is bearing down, there are three obvious choices: Get on board, get out of the way or get run over. But Republicans are trying to figure out if there is a fourth option, as President Obama and his huge store of political capital hurtle toward them.
How hard can the minority push against the new commander in chief and his stratospheric popularity? The GOP's handling of three high-profile Cabinet nominees yesterday provided a neat illustration of the balance the loyal opposition is attempting to strike.
Example A is Hillary Clinton, now Secretary Clinton after the Senate approved her yesterday, 94-2. Republicans had briefly resuscitated concerns about foreign donors to Bill Clinton's foundation, but her confirmation never really was in doubt and many in the GOP were fulsome in their praise for the former first lady.
Example B is Tim "TurboTax" Geithner, who is having a bit rougher time getting confirmed at Treasury. Geithner got a few hours of rough questioning from the Senate Finance Committee yesterday over his past tax mistakes. He should still be confirmed -- Republicans are too worried about the financial crisis to really sink him -- but he has been embarrassed in the process.
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