Senate Judiciary Committee votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as AG — thanks to three Republicans

From: Hot Air, By Allahpundit at 1:21 pm on February 26, 2015, see the article HERE.

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Because the GOP has a majority in the Senate, it also has a majority on all Senate committees — 12 to 9 in the case of the Judiciary Committee. But since Lynch’s confirmation has become a referendum on executive amnesty and the GOP is riddled with amnesty shills, there was no doubt that a few would cross over and vote with Democrats today to send her through to a floor vote of the entire Senate.

The three defectors: Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham, both members of the Senate’s Gang of Eight on immigration, and Orrin Hatch, who sold himself as Mr. Conservative to Utah tea partiers in 2012 in order to avoid being primaried.

Democrats expressed dismay that Ms. Lynch, whose record they praised repeatedly, encountered so much opposition, especially since Republicans had cited virtually nothing objectionable in her background.

“If anyone deserves a unanimous vote, she does,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.).

The committee vote means Ms. Lynch will likely be considered by the full Senate in the coming weeks. There, she will need to win the support of at least four Republicans to be confirmed, assuming all of the chamber’s 46 Democrats vote for her.

Remember, there’s no filibuster anymore for presidential nominees except for Supreme Court vacancies. McConnell could have brought back the 60-vote rule for cloture on nominations that Harry Reid abandoned but he’s kept it in place. That’ll be useful to the GOP if/when a Republican president nominates someone “controversial” and the Democrats, eager to Bork him, run up against the now entrenched “simple majority” requirement for appointees. Until then, though, it’s a big help to Obama in reducing the leverage tea partiers have to block cloture on his nominees. With Flake, Graham, and Hatch all presumably set to vote for her, all Reid needs now is one more Republican to ensure Lynch is confirmed. (If the vote splits 50/50, Joe Biden would cast the tiebreaker.) Between the usual suspects like Mark Kirk, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Dean Heller, he’ll get it. Come to think of it, given his performance these past few weeks in handling the DHS funding debacle, the current rule is actually a big help to McConnell too. Imagine how jammed up the Senate would be if the filibuster was still intact and Ted Cruz was able to round up, say, 43 Republicans to oppose Lynch. McConnell would be humiliated by having lost his own caucus and paralyzed as Cruz et al. attacked him for being a RINO while the White House attacked his caucus for being racist in refusing to confirm the first black woman AG. Anything that reduces conservatives’ leverage in the Senate is good for Obama and McConnell, who’s eager to show voters that the party can govern smoothly, without shutdowns and filibusters.

Maybe I’m being unrealistic, though, in thinking conservatives could have blocked Lynch if the filibuster was still available. Lynch will probably end up being confirmed with less than 60 votes, not because lots of Republicans are strongly opposed to her but merely because, now that her confirmation is assured, the safe vote for a GOPer is to vote no and ingratiate yourself with the right. John McCain, for instance, now seems to be leaning against voting for Lynch after sounding positive about her initially, a rare case in which he and Graham are on opposite sides. Is that because Maverick, who’s been encouraging McConnell to punt on DHS funding, has some deep principled objection to executive amnesty? Of course not. It’s because he knows his vote won’t be needed to get Lynch to 50. If it was, he’d probably bite the bullet and vote yes; as it is, with a tough Senate primary in Arizona looming for him in 2016, he’s going to bank some goodwill with righties by voting no. If McConnell needed 60 votes to move Lynch through the chamber, I’m sure there would have been more than enough Republicans like McCain willing to help out, however reluctantly, to get him out of a jam. Lynch was always going to make it. The GOP simply doesn’t care enough about punishing Obama for his immigration power grab to try to stop her, especially given the easy racial narrative that the media would have fashioned from her rejection.

Exit question via DrewM: Why doesn’t McConnell simply refuse to bring Lynch’s nomination to the floor? If he’s serious enough about blocking Obama’s amnesty that he’d force a vote on the House’s DHS funding bill four times, he’s surely serious enough to bottle up Obama’s nominee for Attorney General. Right?


The red emphasis in the above article was mine. Surprise, surprise, surprise! The Republican Party’s resident traitors, democrats, squishes, RINOs, etc. Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, and Orin Hatch will vote to confirm Lynch. She only needs ONE MORE turncoat from among Mark Kirk, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Dean Heller to be confirmed. You can bet the farm that she’ll be confirmed. In fact, with this bunch of WORTHLESS senators supposedly representing the Republican Party, they’d vote to confirm Eric Holder all over again if they could.

And to make matters worse, Bitch McConnell could have brought back the 60-vote rule for her confirmation (as Harry Reid would have done for a Republican candidate), but he didn’t. He is almost as worthless as Obama himself. The conservatives in the Senate could have prevented her confirmation by gathering a simple majority, but NO, McConnell couldn’t have that. What worthless “leaders” we conservatives (not Republicans) have to “represent” us. Just think of what the Senate would be like with Mike Lee or Ted Cruz as Senate Leader.


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16 Responses to Senate Judiciary Committee votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as AG — thanks to three Republicans

  1. Uriel says:

    Well. Maybe these guys need her witch hunt to check and illegally grab all their assets for back taxes in IRS since that has been from all articles one of her flagship goals for Pbama.

    • Garnet92 says:

      You give them too much credit Uriel, that group of ne’er do wells will always vote against whatever conservatives are for – it’s in their DNA.

  2. Kathy says:

    No doubt they were counting on the racism playing a factor when she was chosen.

    With McConnell being a doormat for the democrats it’s business as usual, as if the November elections never happened.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Business as usual is right Kathy. I just got fed up with McConnell and did a quick piece in which I related my true feelings about Mitch McConnell – worthless doesn’t do him justice.

  3. Hardnox says:

    My level of disgust with the Rinos is off the charts.

  4. captbogus2 says:

    Orin Hatch?
    Et tu, Brute????

  5. Garnet92 says:

    He needs to be put out to pasture just like McConnell, McCain, Graham, Snow, et al.

  6. Grouchy says:

    I guess I was kind of “Pollyanna-ish”, hoping to see a resounding defeat of this nomination when it hit the Senate floor. Reading this sure dashes that hope.

    We Are Totally Screwed, Blued and Tattooed.

    Are there no longer men and women in leadership who know the meaning of Integrity, and demand same from others???

    • Garnet92 says:

      Someone characterized Loretta Lynch as Eric Holder with different plumbing. She is sure to follow in his footsteps, nose firmly buried in Obama’s posterior.

      I too thought that we might be able to hold up her nomination Grouchman, but we’ve got too many squishes in the party to do anything noble or with integrity. When is the last time that McConnell, McCain, Graham, Hatch, Snow, et al have taken the right course on any issue? They are NOT dependable to uphold any constitutional point.

  7. tannngl says:

    No surprise there. Republican Big Governement Elites have turned their other face around since the election. Twas necessary to look like the wanted what we wanted til after election day. Now it’s back to their power/money grubbing filthy tactics.

    Did you hear Lindsay Graham on Kelly Files last night?
    *chuckle* He’s going to run for president.

    • Garnet92 says:

      I did – can you imagine – Lindsay Graham as PRESIDENT? God help us! That only goes to show how warped his view of the world is – that he believes that he even has a miniscule chance to get ANY votes at all – that blows my mind!

  8. Russ R says:

    I agree with Garnet, Hatch is in the same class as McConnell, McCain etc. I moved to Utah about 1.5 yrs ago and quickly realized that in the opinion of the Utah Republican Party the most pressing issue facing our Nation is trying to get rid of Mike Lee. Sickening RINOs.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Oh God help us! Utah Republicans trying to get rid of Mike Lee and keep Hatch? I hope that you can help influence some of your fellow voters to see the error of that position, Russ. We need another 70 or 80 Mike Lees in the Senate!

  9. Uriel says:

    One thought on this though. If she werent approved. Holder would still be AG. Right?? Second. Where will obamas strong arm be now. That is worrisome

    • Garnet92 says:

      Yes Uriel, according to what I read, his departure was dependent of there being someone in that position, so while he has resigned he wasn’t going to “clean out his desk” until a new AG was in place.