Don’t blame Mike Enzi for trying to block ambo to Russia confirmation


Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As we reported late Thursday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez moved to bring up several ambassadorial nominees, including John Tefft to Moscow, a fairly significant post — especially these days — that’s been vacant since February.

That effort, and subsequent ones to confirm just Tefft, were initially shot down.

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) objected because Senate Democrats took away the GOP’s “minority rights” by limiting the ability of Republicans to block nominees via filibuster.

Don’t be too angry with Enzi. He was probably just going through the motions.

We can’t say for sure, but we think that Enzi’s heart wasn’t in it and he was just jerking Menendez’s chain. It’s impossible to believe that Enzi, from the state that gave us our favorite senator ever, Alan Simpson, would approve of a mystifyingly dumb hold-up of an ambassador to Moscow, especially at this time in America’s dicey relationship with Putin and co.

That would be like grounding your kids to punish them because the neighbor hit your car.

So Enzi critics should lighten up. And everything worked out in the end. At least Tefft eventually got confirmed.

 

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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