Good news for Al Sharpton, who can now end his faux-hunger strike. Good news, too, for the nation, which can soon relegate the disgraceful tenure of Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general to the history books.
Now for the bad news: The Senate this afternoon confirmed Loretta Lynch (aka, Eric Holder in a skirt).
Lynch’s confirmation was never in doubt after ten Republicans publicly announced their support for her, although there was always hope that at least 7 of the defectors would come to their senses. For the record, the ten include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucy, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Rob Portman of Ohio.
What is likely to happen next is same old, same old. Lynch has made it clear she supports Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. When it comes to race, she picks up where Holder leaves off, having spoken of the “prison of racism” that still holds back blacks in the country and has vowed to continue Holder’s battle against voter ID laws. On the subject of Islamic terrorism, she sides with the president, who would rather keep religion out of it.
But it was ultimately Obama’s abuse of executive privilege that led 43 senators to vote against her. John McCain said:
While her experience is extensive, both her judgment and independence were called into question by her expressed views on President Obama’s clearly unconstitutional actions on immigration, and this is something that cannot be overlooked when considering a nominee to be our nation’s chief law enforcement officer.
Georgia’s David Perdue echoed those sentiments:
The President’s actions exceed his authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion, and undermine the rule of law. I could not vote for an Attorney General nominee who supports those actions and would be responsible for their implementation at the Justice Department.
A supporter of Lynch who spoke from a position outside the Senate had effusive praise for her, saying:
Loretta Lynch is a gifted attorney, a consummate professional, and a dedicated public servant. I am pleased that the United States Senate has recognized her clear qualifications and the need for her confirmation as Attorney General of the United States.
The source of that quote was Eric Holder. That should tell you all you need to know about federal justice over the last two years of the Obama presidency.
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