Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND (Nick Wass/AP Images for United Way Worldwide)
Confirming Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State is proving to be much more theatrical than confirming him as CIA Director.
Today Pompeo got a little closer to being confirmed and tackling the many geopolitical problems that America faces, when North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp said she would vote to confirm Pompeo.
Full Heitkamp statement on her decision to vote YES on the Pompeo nomination. This just about pushes Pompeo across the finish line (depending on Flake), with a handful of other Dems still making up their minds: pic.twitter.com/vwWQV1t9EJ
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) April 19, 2018
Heitkamp is, so far, the only Democrat to confirm Pompeo as both CIA Director and Secretary of State.
Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Senator Jeanne Sheehan of Minnesota have announced that they have changed their minds on this confirmation vote. Even if Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, who abstained during Pompeo’s last confirmation, voted to block him it still would require a significant number of Republicans to flip.
I cannot support Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to serve as Secretary of State. My statement: pic.twitter.com/F9U3tMDWGR
— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) April 17, 2018
That is unlikely as Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee who is easily one of President Trump’s biggest critics said he will also vote to confirm.
Barring some crazy event it appears as if the President has the numbers to get his nomination through the Senate. To be perfectly blunt, Mike Pompeo scares all the right people and his arrival could not come at a better time.