Yeah, no, they figured out they had two votes to spare, and so two people get to pretend they’re making a principled stand, when either of them could singlehandedly have stopped the nomination. There won’t be a third defection, Pence will break the tie, and Department of Education will be in the charge of a woman who doesn’t understand a damn thing about how it works and will probably dismantle it so that children can spend more time doing educational coal mining.
I didn’t want to express a point of view in the OP, but I am hoping she doesn’t make it through. I’m not particularly in favour of most of the appointments but DeVos for Education and Pruitt for the EPA are particularly unqualified and loathsome. I do agree that this is certainly just political showboating. It would be just so great to have somebody else vote against. Just so very very great.
If somehow she doesn’t make it through I think Trump will be twittering about “betrayal”. It would get pretty explosive I’m sure.
She may be singularly unqualified, but she will also have Jerry Falwell, Jr., “one of the nation’s most prominent evangelical Christian leaders… to head a White House task force on reforming the U.S. higher education system”.
AFAIK, there’s a mechanism for the full Senate to approve a nominee even if it doesn’t have the committee’s approval. There was talk of that being the route they’d take if Rubio had voted no on Tillerson.
From a theoretical standpoint, I would accept that. The states are meant to be able to (largely) run the way they want to, to have their own moral standards, etc.
But from a practical one, I could only see that helping to divide the country, increase the red->blue brain drain, and consequently the economic disparity between the red and blue states (which then loops back in on itself).
Minus a few measures to keep the country somewhat balanced, it will divide. The DoE probably sits on the front line of that initiative.
I think that some Democrats will vote in her favour precisely because they believe that it won’t matter. That the writing is on the wall so to speak. If there’s strong local support for charter schools voting against DeVos could be a problem.
That will DECREASE the red-blue drain. It will only increase it if we allow it to be increase. There are other things that should be devolved to the states, too. Then we can stop hearing folks bitch and moan about “the read-blue drain”. Which, when all is said and done, is more about how many retired people live in the various states than anything else.
Although some of it could be due to the deteriorating climate due to the ban as you seem to impky, I think it also has to do with the fact that the first nominees to get votes were the least controversial (which is presumably why they got their votes so quickly). For example, having Mattis in as Secretary of Defense as a counterweight to Trump and Flynn may be the only thing that helps me sleep at all at night.