Chuck Schumer’s First Fail

The new minority leader is likely to go 0 for 8 in opposing Trump nominees.

Perhaps the warning sign was that actual sign—the poster board that stood beside Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi Jan. 4. “Make America Sick Again,” it blared. Democrats had intended to mock Donald Trump. Instead, some neglectful aide had made the incriminating text about Republicans on the sign too small for the cameras.

Twitter had a field day, circulating a photo of the nation’s top two Democrats trumpeting their wish of ill health on the nation.It was an inauspicious start for Mr. Schumer, and things haven’t improved. Looking to step grandly into Harry Reid’s hobnailed boots, the new Senate minority leader publicly set for himself as a first task the takedown of eight of Mr. Trump’s nominees. These “troublesome” picks, suggested Mr. Schumer, would have a hard road to office.

Two embarrassing weeks later, as Mr. Trump stands to take the oath, he instead looks set to become the first president in decades to pull off a perfect nomination performance.

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