Every Other Senator Abandons Mike Lee’s Nominations Tantrum | Earlier this year, President Obama used his recess appointments power to thwart a Senate Republican effort to sabotage agencies they disapprove of by refusing to confirm anyone to lead them. Almost immediately after the president took action, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) threw a fit, promising to oppose every single one of President Obama’s nominees in retaliation. Lee, however, never found even half a dozen fellow senators who were willing to join him in this tantrum, and he now is reduced to pitching his fit without any allies at all. Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Judge Brian Wimes to a federal court in Missouri. Lee was the only dissenting vote.