There was quite a collective meltdown on social media Tuesday after Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education, which had some fretting that her policies would kill children.

Two Republican senators joined the Democrats in voting no, leaving it up to Vice President Mike Pence to step in as president of the Senate and break the 50-50 tie.

Opponents of DeVos had been lobbying hard in an effort to flip one more GOP senator and avoid a tie-break, with actor Mark Ruffalo tweeting Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and others, and singer Katy Perry urging her 96 million Twitter followers to get on the phone Monday night.

The effort went down in flames Tuesday, but Igor Volsky of the Center for American Progress Action Fund found a bright side in the fact that two GOP senators had joined the Democrats in a bipartisan effort to stop DeVos, calling it “a big win” for the resistance movement.

People don’t seem to be buying that “big win for the resistance movement” thing.


About that bipartisan opposition and being exposed: only two Republican senators voted against DeVos’ confirmation — both recipients of thousands from teachers unions — and neither was able to convince that critical third member to join them.

This reminds us of that piece in Lena Dunham’s newsletter that spun Hillary Clinton’s election defeat as a win, since the presidency would have been too small for “an epochal heroine far too extraordinary to be contained by the mere White House.”