Rex Tillerson, a lock to be confirmed as Sec. of State still had to go through the vetting process. Had to go before the Senate and take all the tough questions they can throw at him.
It’s good for democracy this questioning because it reinforces the checks and balances that make our system work.
But when the proceedings become petty politics, the public grows angry. This is important stuff, not for politics. Leave it to Hillary flunky Tim Kaine to do just that.
Kaine, fresh off helping Clinton get crushed in November, took a particularly vile approach to Tillerson asking him,
“I’m asking you whether those allegations about Exxon Mobil’s knowledge of climate science and decision to fund and promote a view contrary to its awareness of the science, whether those allegations are true or false.”
Tillerson pushed back on the question, saying he can’t answer it because he longer works for the company. He retired from his Exxon Mobil post at the end of 2016, following his nomination to become the nation’s top diplomat. But that didn’t keep Kaine from pressing further.
The Virginia Democrat then asked Tillerson, “Do you lack the knowledge to answer my question or are you refusing to answer my question?”
“A little of both,” Tillerson answered as the room burst into laughter.
Game. Set. Match.