Schumer on Confirmation Hearings

The White House pushed yesterday to hold the confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary appointee Robert Gates before the newly elected Democratic Senate comes into session.

I asked Chuck Schumer today how the votes might go in a Democratic chamber.

“Gates is hardly a new visionary thinker,” he said.

Still, he would probably get through.

“I think our inclination would be to approve him, because you tend to give the President executive appointments unless it is in egregious or unusual circumstances. One of the things I want to know,” added Schumer “Does he listen to other views and get moved by them, which Cheney and Rumsfeld were notorious not to – four star generals told me that.”

–Jason Horowitz