CNN: ‘Hostage Crisis’ in Obama’s Cabinet as NRA Set to Block Surgeon General Nominee?

President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next Surgeon General, Vivek Hallergere Murthy, appears unlikely to be confirmed for the post on Monday. A CNN panel confirmed that even Senate Democrats are wary of voting to confirm Murthy because, as CNN anchor John King put it, “his only crime is he agrees with the president” and the National Rifle Association opposes his nomination. King asked if Obama’s cabinet is now in the midst of a “hostage crisis” with the NRA as captors.

King began by noting that Republicans are being joined by a number of Democrats openly opposing Murthy’s nomination. “Dr. Murthy’s crime is he agrees with the president that you need more gun controls,” King observed. “He can’t get a vote because the National Rifle Association has served notice it will punish anybody who supports him.”

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“Why walk the plank if you’re a red state Democrat when the NRA is actually scoring this vote?” asked POLITICO’s Manu Raju. “[Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid (D-NV) wants to protect his vulnerable Democrats in tough races.”

“The question is, if you’re in the Obama cabinet, is it now a hostage crisis?” King asked. “And you can’t lead because you can’t get your replacement confirmed?”

Watch the clip below via CNN:

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