"Our ethical standards will wither, and that will be one of Donald Trump’s first legacies as president."

[Content Note: Racism.]

I've got a massive new piece at Shareblue, on incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's attack on Senate Democrats during the Trump transition press conference this morning, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer's subsequent presser during which he called out in no uncertain terms which party it really is behaving abysmally during these confirmation hearings.

There is a lot of video, all with complete transcripts, as well as my commentary, so head on over to read the whole thing. Here's just a brief excerpt:
The Democrats did not have a "political hit list." They had documented which proposed nominees they knew to have records about which they were gravely concerned. And they did not consider Chao, Carson, or Haley "consensus candidates," but candidates about whose records they were merely less concerned — and, because the Democrats did not treat their confirmation hearings like a formality, but instead an opportunity to do serious vetting, they exposed some remarkable weaknesses in those candidates' qualifications, too.
Also: The Trump transition presser? Aired live by cable news. Schumer's presser? Streamed on C-SPAN. So, you know, SHARE THIS.

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