So-called “Charm Offensive” is offensive
Politico reports on the one-on-one private sessions Loretta Lynch, Obama’s choice for U.S. Attorney General, is having with members of the U.S. Senate. Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York is the hand-picked successor to Eric Holder, who is resigning from the administration’s top law enforcement post after a tumultuous term.
Reports of the preliminary meetings sound like an effusive gush-o-ramas with smitten senators pledging their support.
Although Republicans vowed to use the nomination process to take on Obama over his executive actions nomalizing million of illegal aliens, in which he flagrantly bypassed congress, Lynch’s success serves as an early indicator she will sail through the confirmation hearings. This comes despite revelations of her controversial background which includes membership in a radical, anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist group while at Harvard Law School. The activities of the Black Law Students Association were condemned by the Harvard Crimson.
“I want to see what happens in the hearings,” Sen. John McCain unconvincingly droned. His following words were more honest, as he said, “But certainly I’m supportive.“ McCain and his senate doppelganger Jeff Flake said they have met with Lynch privately and are inclined to vote in favor of her nomination.
What a surprise. Don’t expect any tough questions from the always eager to acquiesce to the Left Arizona senators.
This Aug. 2012 post is a reliable remainder of the numerous liberals whose nominations John McCain and senate seatmate, Jon Kyl previously supported. They were solidly onboard voting to confirm leftist federal judges, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (senate roll call vote) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (senate roll call vote). The duo was likely in the tank for Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security, although there was a sly omission of an on-the-record roll call vote for that contentious vote.
After the November shakeup in which Democrats were soundly defeated, Senate Republicans pledged to make their mark when they take control of the chamber in January. Making good on their pre-election promises appears unlikely given the current warm climate surrounding Loretta Lynch.
When immigration issues surfaced during her meeting with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lynch told him she agreed with an opinion from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel that found Obama’s executive action on immigration was legally sound, telling the senator the opinion was “well-reasoned.”
“We didn’t get into the details, but she’ll have to explain what that means,” Graham said. But “I’m not going to just say that anyone who disagrees with me about a particular legal issue is not qualified to serve.”