Tiger Beat on the Potomac alerts us that the Fix is on (emphasis mine):
“Senate Republican leaders are pressing ahead with plans for a floor vote on CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination as secretary of state as soon as next week, despite the prospect of his getting an unfavorable recommendation in committee.
“After a confirmation hearing marked by contentious exchanges with Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) — one of 15 members of the minority who backed Pompeo to lead the CIA — became the fifth Democrat on the panel to announce he would vote no. Coupled with opposition from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), unified resistance to Pompeo from the committee’s 10 Democrats would deal him an unfavorable recommendation, but top Republicans are still vowing to ensure his confirmation.
“‘He’s got the votes once he gets to the floor,’ Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 GOP leader, told reporters. ‘So I think it’s just a question of, you know, them having to report him out [of Committee].’”
So what’s the hurry, you ask?
“President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley” on CBS’s “Face the Nation… In the absence of a permanent secretary of state, Haley has been the face of American diplomacy.”
Leave No Skirt In Charge, in Comrade Grabber’s ‘Murika. Sweet Jeebus, he undermined his own UN Ambassador on the world stage to kiss Putin’s ass.