Remember back in the olden days when Republicans were consistently willing to set aside petty partisanship and perpetual grievance in order to ensure that only the most qualified individuals were given top government posts?

Yeah, me neither.

Before we get to the current minority party obstruction, let’s all hop in the Wayback Machine to 2017, when Donald Trump was filling his swamp with alligators—some of whom were blessed with walnut-sized reptile brains and some of whom could only aspire to such rarefied intellectual heights.

In the closest confirmation vote ever, the Republican-controlled Senate rubber-stamped Trump’s choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, even though she knew demonstrably less about rudimentary education policy than about random grizzly bear attacks.

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