On June 14, cloture was invoked on Executive Calendar #501, the nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador, upon reconsideration, by a vote of 62-37. The Senate subsequently confirmed the Aponte nomination by voice vote.
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Holy mother of goat and all her crazy nephews at the Senate!
The Senate thumbed down this nomination in December 2011 so when her recess appointment ran out, she left El Salvador in January 2012. Which probably meant she spent her holidays packing out. So then she got back to the U.S. and presumably had to wait weeks for her household effects to arrive from San Salvador. Then she had to spend weeks unpacking all the boxes and putting stuff away. And just as she was done with that, the Senate decided to confirm her. And so she’s going back to El Salvador. Which means, she’s going to be packing out again. And unpacking once she gets to San Salvador. And who knows what happens in November 2012?
What a wasteful group of people working for us in the more deliberative and more prestigious body in the Congress. All that cost money, you guys! Couldn’t you have made up your mind in December and saved on shipping boxes and relocation expenses?
Ambassador Aponte’s nomination was previously held up by Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). DeMint was demanding more information about Aponte’s ancient boyfriend (see Ambassador Aponte’s Nomination “DeMinted” Over Old Boyfriend, LGBT Op-Ed, and [Fill in the Blank]. Marco Rubio apparently had some issues with WHA policies.
In the June 14 vote, Marco “if I do a good job as vice president” Rubio switched sides and voted for Ambassador Aponte’s confirmation. Don’t know why. Must be because the Rubio hold forced the Obama Administration to change its WHA policies. Quit laughing, yep, that must be it. Senators Lugar, McCain, Ayotte, Graham also voted for Aponte’s confirmation. Senator DeMint got tired of holding the Senate hold (like the figure four leglock), so he and 36 other GOP senators voted against confirmation.
Would it be too much to ask for our Senators to cast their votes based on the qualifications of the nominees instead of a party line vote? After all, the person we’re sending out to represent us is out there representing the United States of America, not Blue America or Red America.
Ambassador Aponte has not changed in six months. She’s still the same person with the same baggage of an old boyfriend, and her LGBT op-ed has not been rewritten to be more palatable. So nothing has changed except the Senators’ minds and the games they play.
- Kristian Ramos: Ambassador Aponte and the Incredible Shrinking Marco Rubio (huffingtonpost.com)
- Obama-Rubio duel to end in Senate showdown (politico.com)
- El Salvador Ambassador Confirmed at Last (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Hispanic caucus wants Rubio to deliver on Aponte confirmation (tampabay.com)
- Rubio to help Obama on confirmation (thehill.com)