Republican leaders made their hopes clear last month. Sitting at a long senate dais, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt held up four fingers, noting that Elaine Chao had made her way through the confirmation process multiple times over the decades "without a dissenting vote on the Senate floor."
On Tuesday, Chao was confirmed as secretary of Transportation, bringing extensive government experience to a Trump administration seeking to spur a massive infrastructure effort and shake up Washington's ways. It was a major step for a familiar Washington figure with friends on both sides of the aisle.
But unanimity was not to be.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,...