The left is claiming that it is completely unprecedented to block a Cabinet level appointment and that the Republicans have reached a new low in partisanship.
Unfortunately for them, that just isn't true.
John Bolton, Dirk Kempthorne, William Verity, John Tower.
Maybe it just doesn't count as precedent if Democrats block Republican nominations.
Read more here.
And just a quick thought, what's the point of having the Senate advice and consent if they aren't allowed to oppose a nomination? This idea that somehow the President has a "right" to every one of his nominations is ridiculous (and does it need to be said that this is only mentioned by the media when the President is a Democrat?)