The Senate today – after a months-long delay- confirmed Loretta Lynch as the new Attorney General of the United States. Only 10 Republican senators voted in favor and, of course, Alabama Senators Sessions and Shelby voted no.
Initial bi-partisan enthusiasm seemed to make Lynch a slam dunk, but she barely squeaked through the Senate Judiciary committee, gaining only 3 Republican votes: including Orrin Hatch (UT), Lindsay Graham (SC), & Jeff Flake (AZ). What happened? The GOP sensed yet another way to “say no to Obama” and senators looked for reasons to oppose her nomination.
But many Republicans are expressing concerns about Lynch's stance on immigration and what they suggest is a lack of “independence” from the White House.
Lynch’s confirmation was pushed back by two weeks Thursday amid “anonymous” objections from some Republicans. But Democrats say they are dragging their feet.
“What we’re trying to do is get an indication from her of the independence that she’s going to have from the White House,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Hill.
The problem, you see, is that during her confirmation hearings, she failed to denounce the President's immigration policies. Although why Republican senators think that a president of either party would nominate anyone who disagrees on basic policy issues to any high-profile cabinet position (let alone AG) is anybody's guess.
Here's what Senator Richard Shelby & Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III had to say today to AL.com.
“The Senate must never confirm an individual to such an office as this who will support and advance a scheme that violates our Constitution and eviscerates established law and Congressional authority. No person who would do that should be confirmed. And we don't need to be apologetic about it,” Sessions said during the vote.
“I have personally expressed to Ms. Lynch that I feared she would interpret her position as the attorney for President Obama, not the United States of America. One of my greatest concerns with Ms. Lynch is her stance on the President's action to unilaterally grant executive amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants,” Shelby said.
There you go. An experienced, respected prosecutor can't take the job as Attorney General because of the President's immigration policy. If only she had denounced him, things would have been different! Yeah. Like she wouldn't have been nominated in the first place.
Using the Sessions/Shelby logic, the country would have just made do with Eric Holder (who they also dislike) for the rest of Obama's term, or the country would be without an AG until 2017.
No action, no vote is too extreme if it allows them to oppose President Obama apparently. Some of these guys apparently never got out of junior high school.