Loretta Lynch & The Senate GOP: Bringing a knife to a gunfight

Yep. Indiana Jones showed us all how foolish that strategy can be.

Democrats have, for decades, made mincemeat out of GOP nominees simply because they disagreed with them.  Clarence Thomas.  Robert Bork. Samuel Alito.  (Remember Mrs. Alito running out of the hearing room in tears during her husband’s confirmation to the Supreme Court?) lynch

They play hardball.  Our guys play softball.  Republican majorities have given overwhelming support to Clinton and Obama nominees that have helped tilt the federal judiciary significantly to the left.  Obama’s two Supreme Court nominees — both approved with significant GOP support — had highly dubious qualifications for membership on the high court.  Yet, the GOP threw down their cloaks in the mud puddle like Sir Walter Raleigh and escorted those two ladies across the finish line.

Now comes Loretta Lynch — the nominee to replace Eric Holder at the Department of Justice.  She is a sorority sister of Holder’s wife, a long time Holder family friend and adviser, and is often referred to as “Holder in a dress.”

THAT should be setting off all kinds of alarms in the GOP caucus.  Yet, we’ve only got Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Lee (UT)  and Jeff Sessions (AL) making any kind of stink about Lynch.  Lynch’s confirmation hearings have been very fluffy and softball. (Lindsey Graham has already publicly poo-pooed the efforts by Session and Cruz.)

thompointThere is a lot out there to raise red flags over.  Lynch’s leading advocate with Obama has been none other than Al Sharpton.  She’s made speeches suggesting that most cops are corrupt, and that blacks are being held down by a “prison of racism.”   She’s expressed a belief that voter ID laws are an attempt to reverse the gains won by MLK and his allies in the 1960s.

She appears to find the death penalty racist.  Lynch has defined Obama’s executive action on amnesty for illegal aliens as constitional and legal.  She’s also made statements that illegals have just as much of a right to work in the US as legal citizens do.    Lynch has been a big fan of the theory of disparate impact — suggesting that something is bad and racist just because the percentage of blacks benefiting is not as high as she would like it to be.  It doesn’t matter if there is evidence of racism. She’s used this disparate impact line to go after banks’ lending practices AND the criminal justice system. mcobama

EVERYONE is predicting smooth sailing for this nomination through the GOP-controlled Senate.  People like Lindsey Graham have clung to what they see as Lynch’s qualifications for the job.  Well, scores of sabotaged GOP nominees raked over the coals by Democrats were highly qualified for their posts.  They got shot down over ideology.  Robert Bork was immensely qualified to serve on the US Supreme Court.  What was done to Clarence Thomas was downright shameful.   I am not suggesting that the GOP needs to jump into the slime too.  Work their nominees over.  Force them to moderate their picks — just like they do to GOP presidents.

Lindsey Graham and John McCain are already swooning over Lynch.  So, Richard Burr cannot be too far behind.  I saw Thom Tillis questioning Lynch the other day during the confirmation hearings.  He focused on whether (1) she was going to keep pursuing the voter ID suit against North Carolina that names HIM as a defendant, and (2) how she will prioritize things around her office.  (Will her business card holder be on the left or the right side of the desk calendar?)  Not exactly hardball there. She basically ignored him and gave non-answers.  Thom will still voter for her, though. 

Again, explain to me the value of a GOP majority in the Senate if they are going to simply roll over and give BarryO exactly what he wants? 

 

9 comments for “Loretta Lynch & The Senate GOP: Bringing a knife to a gunfight

  1. Raphael
    February 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Those GOP surrender monkeys in the Senate who voted for Holder, in spite of knowing of his radicalism, sometimes had it show up as a liability in their subsequent primaries. One GOP state AG in Nebraska who endorsed Holder to the Senate committee had in bite him in the rear end in his primary when he later ran for US Senate, and it had a lot to do with Debra Fisher’s victory over him.

    Now, there is even more known about Lynch’s radicalism. Any Republican Senator with pay the price for voting to confirm this radical leftist. She is a particular focus on Obama’s power grabs due to her support of them.

    But Republicans still have a ”surrender caucus” in the Senate:
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/30/judson-phillips-loretta-lynch-and-gop-surrender-ca/

    Loretta Lynch is clearly unfit to be Attorney General, and any Republican who votes to confirm her is unfit to be in the US Senate. Voting to confirm Lynch would be showing support for Obama’s power grabs including his unconstitutional amnesty decree

    Tillis still has almost 6 years before he will face a primary again, but Burr comes up next year. If they betray GOP voters by voting to confirm Lynch, then they should be voted out of office at the next opportunity

    In the past, we had NC Republican Senators like Helms, East, and Faircloth, who we always knew we could count on. Now, you always have to wonder whose side our ”Republican” senators are really on. We need to do a lot better in vetting our candidates.

  2. Tim
    February 4, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Tillis and Burr had better oppose her, or they are both gone. She is no better than the lawless Holder.

  3. Common Sense
    February 5, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Most in the GOP lack courage to do the right thing for the country. They fear the racism and war on women charges to come if they fail to support Lynch. Her statements supporting executive amnesty alone should disqualify her. Illegals have a right to jobs just like citizens, she will be no different than Holder and we know no matter who Obama nominates they will be of his same ideology.

    Graham and Burr seem to believe POTUS should get who he wants, advise and consent to them is nothing but a rubber stamp.

  4. Frances
    February 5, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Our Founding Fathers are surely rolling over in their graves. They set up safeguards in the constitution but apparently the elected officials that have been sent to DC by their constituents are totally clueless of what The Constitution says or how it should be interpreted. I took numerous political science courses in college and no where did it say or recommend that they sell their souls to the devil to get their point across.

    • Frances
      February 5, 2015 at 2:22 am

      Loretta Lynch is or could be possibly worse than Holder. Arggg!!!

      • JBP
        February 5, 2015 at 11:36 am

        Or she could be even better than Holder. Woohoo!

        • Raphael
          February 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

          But then again, you probably would have enjoyed Stalin, JBP.

  5. No Left Turn
    February 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Senator Rand Paul will give Lynch the thumbs-down, too:

    “New York U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch’s support of civil asset forfeiture as a “wonderful tool” during confirmation hearings, among other positions, has cost her the support of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). He announced today he will not vote for her as a replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder.”

    http://reason.com/blog/2015/02/04/rand-paul-says-nope-to-ag-nominee-lorett

    • Raphael
      February 5, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      This vote on Lynch will separate the men from the boys, or more particularly the real Republicans from the poseurs. Burr and Tillis will have a chance to show whether they support their grassroots constituents back home who are disgusted with Obama’s power grabs and vote against Lynch or whether they have sold out to the Washington liberals and vote to confirm Lynch. It is as simple as that and it will send a powerful signal to the grassroots concerning their future races. The ball is in their court.

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