“There are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far,” he said in a Friday news conference, according to the Los Angeles Times. “This is an example of it. It’s gone
too far. Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed.”
He described the five-month delay as “political gamesmanship” and called the process “embarrassing.”
His “mini-rant” wasn’t necessarily a tantrum. Rather, it was likely warranted considering the delay is “the longest in decades for any nominee for the top law-enforcement job in the nation,” per the LA Times.
As the article noted, the delay is not over conflict of her qualifications, but because “the nomination was caught up in philosophical debates about immigration reform and abortion.”