At first Trump critics were saying that Trump was taking longer than most president-elects to make many of his Cabinet and administration nominations. Now Trump and Congress are being criticized for trying to rush confirmation hearings.
A blizzard of confirmation hearings. President Obama’s farewell speech. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s first news conference since July. And, yes, something called a “vote-a-rama” in Congress.
In the throes of a chaotic political moment by any measure, the coming week stands out as especially — and, perhaps, strategically — overstuffed.
Here is a taste of what might come, with Mr. Trump’s inauguration less than two weeks away:
Rarely could anyone in Congress stand accused of moving too quickly. But the slate of confirmation hearings on several of Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees will test the reflexes and editorial judgment of even the most experienced C-Span crews.