Friday, September 26, 2014

Political Drama Brought To Us By Both Parties...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

The Washington Post- President Obama has yet to reveal his choice to succeed Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., but already the Senate confirmation process has begun its march toward contentiousness.

With Nov. 4 midterm elections potentially tipping the balance in the Senate, some Republicans immediately called for a delay in the hearings and votes on the new attorney general until January, when the possibility of a GOP majority in the Senate might give Republicans almost total control of the outcome.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) issued a political call to arms for conservatives, saying that outgoing senators should not vote on the nominee during the post-election lame-duck session. “Allowing Democratic senators, many of whom will likely have just been defeated at the polls, to confirm Holder’s successor would be an abuse of power that should not be countenanced,” Cruz said in a statement.

Democrats argued that Republicans should step back and allow Obama to select his own cabinet without GOP obstruction.

“This is going to be the first real test, whether it’s in the lame-duck or early in the new year, whether our Republican colleagues are going to continue to obstruct,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday in an interview. “Every president deserves to have his attorney general.”

Political drama. Planned and executed by both parties. And for a very definite purpose.

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.

UPDATE, From Cato Institute. Commentary is short and as expected.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Cruz is dead wrong. The so-called "Lame Duck" Democratic Senators in Congress are duly elected representatives, and have every right to vote as legislators until replaced by those newly sworn in (or otherwise specifically removed from office). On everything, in every way. They'd be remiss, and shirking their oaths if they refused to.

    (I remember similar claims to Cruz's, leveled by Democrats when Michigan lame duck Republicans voted to protect workers from being forced into unions against their will. The same goes there. Consistency, not partisanship.... on my part, anyway).

    Now, as for criticizing Obama, he will deserve this if he does not name Holder's replacement ASAP. It would show he was asleep at the switch again, if he delays. It's negligence not to have a back up ready to replace anyone in the Cabinet.

    Back to Cruz:

    "Allowing Democratic senators, many of whom will likely have just been defeated at the polls"

    Want to bet dollars to donuts that when/if Cruz gets defeated, and is in a lame duck session, he will sing an entirely different tune on this?

  2. I doubt the Obama administration is considering Webb. And I doubt Webb would want the job. As far as I know, Eric Holder has practiced the law his entire career - and Jim Webb has not.

  3. You have to admit, Will, Mr. Webb does indeed have a very thin resume when it comes to experience that would prepare him for the AG position.


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