“I asked her point blank, ‘Why do you want this? Is this worth it?’ Because this has clearly been very hard on her as a nominee. And she paused and reflected a moment, and just spoke to how she feels called to serve in a very personal way that I thought was impactful.”

“I am going to give the benefit of the doubt to a woman who I believe has demonstrated throughout her professional career to be deeply, deeply committed to matters of justice.”

Wait, wait. So you’re saying that you voted for someone on their resume and qualifications for a job to which they had been nominated rather than simply voting against her because she is a Democratic nominee who might take positions you don’t like?

How, well, quaint!

It wasn’t all that long ago that senators tended to give deference to a president’s pick for Cabinet (and sub-Cabinet) posts — and even Supreme Court nominees.

Twenty years ago, John Ashcroft, a deeply divisive figure in American…

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