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Pointing to Pence's tiebreaking vote, Democrats and teachers' unions have tried to paint DeVos as an extremist. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mike Pence just made mundane history.

On Tuesday, the vice president cast the deciding vote to confirm Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for education secretary. It’s the first time any vice president has resolved a tie on a Cabinet nomination and that fact is little more than presidential trivia.

After two Republicans defected and Senate Democrats launched a 24-hour debate on a school night, journalists hungry for color have made the VP vote the capstone of their coverage. Pointing to those events, Democrats and teachers’ unions have tried to paint DeVos as an extremist.

“It’s telling that even when Trump had full control of the legislative and executive branches, he could only get DeVos confirmed by an unprecedented tiebreaking vote by his vice president,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation for Teachers. “That’s because DeVos shows an antipathy for public schools.” While that makes a good soundbite, it’s the wrong answer.

DeVos is only the most controversial Cabinet nominee since Nov. 21, 2013, when Senate Democrats went nuclear.

Before Chuck Schumer’s predecessor pulled that trigger, the previous nine education secretaries sailed through the Senate. Five of them were confirmed by either unanimous consent or voice vote and the other four by overwhelming margins. The position only became controversial after Democrats forced confirmation politics into the classroom.

That makes Pence’s vote a first but not one worth memorizing.

Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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