All the characters in the Democratic Party made an appearance at today’s Senate confirmation hearing for Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State. Pointless, pink protestors made a half-hearted attempt to disrupt the start of the proceedings. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)—another symbol of unpunished, arrogant Democratic corruption—badgered Pompeo about conversations he had with the president about the firing of James Comey and the Russia investigation.
The vanquished vice presidential candidate everyone forgot about, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), challenged the nominee on Iran and then told CNN he has serious doubts about Pompeo, even though Kaine voted to confirm him as CIA director just 15 months ago.
Potential 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker (D-N.J.), last seen publicly berating a female Trump advisor, pressed Pompeo about the world’s most urgent diplomatic question: Is gay sex a perversion?
But the current star of the Democratic Party, the hero the party hails as its ticket back to power, was only there in spirit. Pompeo was repeatedly asked by nearly every Democratic senator about his views on Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) asked Pompeo whether he would resign if Trump fires Mueller. (Pompeo said no.) The hearing presaged what voters can expect to hear from this cast of characters during the midterm election season: Everything, even the serious issue of national security and diplomacy, will somehow connect to the Mueller investigation. A one-act show stuck on repeat.