I had to double-check this story because I couldn’t believe what I was reading at first. Relatively quietly, Samantha Power has been confirmed for a position by the Senate again. Power was a former Obama official who unmasked Michael Flynn, among hundreds of other requests she claimed to not recall. It was less than a year ago that I wrote on her probable lying under oath to Congress on the Flynn issue (see It Sure Looks Like Obama Official Samantha Power Lied Under Oath).
Samantha Power lied pic.twitter.com/z5fcpCaVfE
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 13, 2020
Despite the political polarization surrounding her past activities, somehow she managed to secure a new post with USAID. Worse, more than a handful of Republicans actually voted to confirm her. Among the names are Mitch McConnell, Ben Sasse, John Cornyn, and Lindsey Graham.
Here’s the roll call: McConnell, Romney, Sasse pic.twitter.com/Zhmn4GPKr7
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) April 28, 2021
In total, over 20 Republicans voted to put Samantha Power back into a position of power within our government. That comes after she never provided a reason for why so much unmasking took place from her office. In fact, Power showed no contrition at all, instead, spending the Trump years throwing bombs and simping for John Brennan.
And Republicans saw fit to reward that for some reason. Yet, these people want you to put them back in power. They want you to get out and vote, give them money, and sing their praises, but they can’t even be counted on to do something as simple as opposing a nominee like Power.
Honestly, I’m at a loss. I knew the GOP Senate was full of cowards and insiders, but I thought for sure they’d at least fall in line for something this simple. It is not difficult to not reward former Obama officials who were at the center of the Michael Flynn unmasking scandal. Power was also close to the Trump-Russia investigation. But almost half the GOP senate voted to confirm her anyway. It’s astonishing.
It’s also going to cost them in the long run. Voters are sick of this kind of cowardice and Republicans deciding to play by the other side’s rules. This would be like having almost half of Democrat senators vote to confirm Stephen Miller to a job in 2024. Anyone think he could garner even one vote? Of course not, because Democrats play for keeps. Republicans don’t, and they will pay the price for that if they don’t change.