Of the 35 nominees included in POLITICO’s analysis, Gillibrand supported just one, Warren backed two and Booker and Harris gave their endorsement to three. Sanders, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, supported four Trump nominees while Merkley backed six. (Harris and Sanders both missed a confirmation vote each that could affect their totals.)
POLITICO’s analysis did not consider three nominees confirmed unanimously: Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and two members of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Few Democrats have the platform to showcase their opposition to Trump like members of the Senate, who have the power to filibuster legislation and give their imprimatur to hundreds of nominees across the administration. But this year’s resistant bloc of liberals stands out even among a deeply recalcitrant Democratic Caucus, which waged the first partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court candidate in history and launched numerous other wars over nominees — winning plaudits from a restless base that’s urging lawmakers to oppose Trump at every turn. In an interview, Harris also dismissed any notion that her recurring “no” votes have anything to do with potential national aspirations.