The Liberation of Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch and some guy hanging out.

After being held hostage by a ruthless Republican majority for an absurd 164 days,  Loretta Lynch,  President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder at the Justice Department was easily confirmed by the Senate by a margin of 56-43 with ten Republicans voting for the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States.

And it’s about damn time.  Lynch’s wait was longer than the last seven Attorney Generals combined.   Normally, I despise The Huffington Post, but give the devil his due; they were right on point with how ridiculously excessive the delay was for Lynch.

Look at Lynch’s predecessors. John Ashcroft waited 42 days to get confirmed as President George W. Bush’s attorney general. Janet Reno waited just 29 days to be confirmed as President Bill Clinton’s attorney general. If you add up the number of days the previous seven U.S. attorneys general waited to be confirmed, and combine them, that’s still less than 163 days.

“Gazillions of mosquitoes were born, lived to be old in mosquito years and died in less time than Lynch has been waiting. Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Dennis Rodman all got married and filed for divorce in less time — combined! For the love of God, Earth was created in less time.

There was NO justification for the Senate holding Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be Attorney General hostage. Absolutely none. Lynch waited 10 times longer than the average attorney general nominee and had waited longer than the first 54 a.g. nominees combined from the presidencies of George Washington to Woodrow Wilson.

Both sides of the Senate share the blame for the historical delay. Harry Reid could have pushed for Lynch’s hearings and floor vote to be conducted while Democrats still controlled the Senate, but he punted to Mitch McConnell, who proceeded to put the nomination in the deep freeze while Republicans squabbled with Democrats over the unrelated sex-trafficking bill.

Lynch’s nomination was supported by wild-eyed liberals like Jeb Bush, Rudy Giuliani, former FBI director Louie Freeh and former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. This was a moderate and mainstream career prosecutor President Obama selected, but from the shabby way the McConnell Senate treated her you would have thought she was the second coming of William Kunstler.

Finally on the job.

Obama did not choose Lynch to provoke the Republicans.  Anyone he nominated would do that.   It doesn’t take much to set off nuts like Ted Cruz.   Never one to pass on an opportunity to throw bloody chunks of red meat to his brain-dead devotees, he denounced Lynch as “lawless” and then was the only senator to skip the vote.   What an asshole.

It was not about partisanship, but pragmatism that led Obama to tap Lynch to be Holder’s successor.   She is not a committed Leftist, progressive or liberal. She’s a career prosecutor with impeccable legal credentials. Not being an ideological purist made her confirmable and even then she faced an unprecedented degree of stonewalling and footdragging from the obstructionist Republican-led Senate and all this for a job she won’t even have in two years.

Lynch will likely be a less controversial A.G. than Holder who never backed away from a fight with Republicans on the Hill whom  are probably toasting his departure.   Will Lynch handle the harassment from Congressional Republicans as well?   She’ll likely get her as the GOP have plenty of investigations planned for the last two years of the Obama Administration.

I’m past the point where putting a person of color or woman in a place formerly occupied exclusively by straight, Christian White males is a reason to raise my glass.   Under Holder and Obama, the Justice Department has declined to indict anyone for violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.   Will Lynch be any different in the cases of Tamir Rice or Walter Scott?  I’m keeping an open mind, but my expectations are low.

I take pride in Loretta Lynch becoming the nation’s first female African American Attorney General, but when I disagree with her decisions, it will be no different than when I disagree with the first African American President.

Bow Down Before the One You Serve

You don’t see President Obama publicly lose his famous cool, but there was no mistaking his anger at the stinging defeat handed to him and the majority of the public who wanted to see even a watered down bill mandating stronger background checks for guns.    Unfortunately, 46 Senators chose to heed the call of their NRA masters over preventing more Newtown, Aurora and Tuscon shooting sprees.

And Obama was appropriately pissed off about it.

“Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders not just to honor the memory of their children but to protect the lives of all of our children,” the president said,  A few minutes ago a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it.”

“All in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,”  a frustrated Obama said.

Among those shameful cowards were four gutless wonders laughingly called Democrats, all from conservative red states and three up for reelection next year.   The Senate voted 54-46 to scrap a proposal by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), that was both modest and somewhat watered down, but even that was too much for the gun lobby.   They pulled the chain and four Democrats (Max Baucus, Mark Pryor, Mark Begich and Heidi Heitkamp) side with the majority of Republicans to send the bill down to defeat.   This was a tough vote for Democrats running for reelection in conservatives states, but Sen. Kay Hagen and Sen. Mary Landrieu found a way to get behind the Manchin-Toomey compromise.

Trying to do something in a do-nothing Congress.

Trying to do something in a do-nothing Congress.

Even if the four Democrats found the balls to join with the president and their party, the vote would have still fallen short by two votes of the margin needed to get to the stupid 60-vote super majority necessary to pass it.    But the defection of the four Democrats still stung.

I placed calls to five of the U.S. Senators who bowed down to their NRA masters and stood against the will of the American people by opposing gun background checks.

Senator Portman’s office (R-OH) took my call and so did Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, one of the four Democrats that voted with the GOP. Senators Max Baucus and Mark Beigich’s phone lines were either jammed or their voice mails full. I left a message for Sen. Mark Pryor expressing my disappointment and disgust. All three are up for reelection in 2014 and not a one of them will see a dime from me in campaign contributions.

Profiles in Cowardice

Profiles in Cowardice

Collectively,  all four of them  can go to hell but first they can fail next year in their reelection bids.   What’s that you say?   Am I going to support Republicans over Democrats in 2014.   Highly unlikely.  I would  simply prefer to have these cowards  go down in  flames.  I would rather have a Republican I know I can’t trust than a cowardly Democrat with no spine, no heart and no balls.

I will only make my campaign contributions directly to the campaigns of the candidate.   The DSCC can go screw and when they ask me why Baucus, Begich and Pryor are dead to me i won’t hesitate to tell them my reasons.

I would prefer to deal with a real Republican than a fake Democrat.  I will not compromise my principles any longer for the sake of political expediency or misplaced party loyalty.   When it serves their purposes the Democrats use fear of Republican extremism as a scare tactic for ignoring the wishes of their constituents.   While I’m lining up asses to kick, I can’t forget most useless politician in Washington,  the craven Harry Reid,  who rejected the opportunity for filibuster reform out of a deluded sense of Senate congeniality.  Yeah, Harry,  weak and wimpy Democrats in Name Only like you do not deserve my support  either.

They won’t get it any longer. The Democratic Party is simply a vehicle for liberalism. It is not liberalism and we need all to get over the notion liberalism lives and dies based on the fortunes of the Democratic Party.

As for Heidi Heitkamp, I  invite her to go ahead and cross the aisle and caucus with Ted Cruz if she’s going to vote with him.

There is a lesson to be learned here and it’s that the fear of defeat moves more votes than the courage to do the right thing and most senators are more cautious than they are brave.   This should remind the Left what they shouldn’t forget:  The Democrats Need Liberals More Than Liberals Need the Democrats.    What Baucus, Begich, Pryor and Heitkamp  understand is fear and they need to have the fear of God put into their empty little hearts.

When the DINOs fear their own constituents more than the lobbies and possible challengers that’s when they will really start voting to protect their interests.    We are not at the day yet.