Breaking: Senate defeats controversial Obama nominee to head DOJ’s civil rights division

posted at 1:21 pm on March 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

Wait a sec. Didn’t Harry Reid nuke the filibuster for presidential appointees a few months ago? Why, indeed he did, which means Republicans had no hope of stopping this confirmation by themselves. They’d need at least six Democrats to cross the aisle to get to 51 no’s. And given how humiliating that would be for The One, no one expected it to happen. Joe Biden was apparently standing by in the chamber today to provide the 51st yes, just in case five Dems got cold feet and the final tally ended up 50/50.

Eight Democrats voted no, although Reid was among them only to preserve his ability to move to reconsider the nomination later if need be. Nomination defeated.

Six of the key seven there make sense: Casey, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, Pryor, and Walsh are all either red- or purple-staters and therefore leery of cuddling up to a guy who’s known for having defended Mumia Abu-Jamal. Coons is the outlier. He’s from deep-blue Delaware and doesn’t face reelection for another two years. They didn’t even need his vote ultimately to kill the nomination. Can’t wait to find out what that’s about. Could be that the shooting of Daniel Faulkner was simply too close to home: It happened in Philadelphia, just across the border from Delaware. Delawareans may be liberal on most issues, but not quite all.

Another surprise is some of the red-state Democrats who did vote yes, including/especially red-staters who are up in November. What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, who’s rocking a 33 percent approval rating these days in North Carolina, thinking? Better yet, what were Obama and Reid thinking in forcing people like Landrieu and Hagan to choke on this vote when they weren’t sure they had 51 in the bank to confirm? Why not just pull the nomination and admit defeat? Something’s up here. Did a bunch of Democrats surprise Reid by switching at the last second? Or maybe Reid knew that some were on the fence but figured that they’d never, ever stab Obama in the back if he called their bluff and made them vote on it. Surprise.

In related news, Barack Obama is a very lame duck.

Update: There was indeed a last-minute flip. Who?


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Up next: Obama appoints him to a Recess Appointment, cites Senate restroom break as “adjournment”.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, who’s rocking a 33 percent approval rating these days in North Carolina, thinking?

They like voting for guys who defend convicted cop killers. Part of the Democrats War on Cops.

rbj on March 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

“Racists”

On more serious note, there are 49 criminals in the Senate.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Great comments from Cruz.

Glad this nominee was rejected.

Obama and his buddies sure love the Black Panther, skin color-obsessed, anti-white types.

bluegill on March 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Finally! A setback for the normalization of radical leftism. I fear it’s just a speed bump, but always, in the back of my mind, hope that it’s the beginning of a true reconsideration of the path we’re marching down.

SacredFire on March 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

“Racists”

On more serious note, there are 49 criminals in the Senate.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I know. Unbelievable.

KCB on March 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

GOOD!

This rotten Mother Effer can burn in Hell.

ToddPA on March 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Could be that the shooting of Daniel Faulkner was simply too close to home: It happened in Philadelphia, just across the border from Delaware. Delawareans may be liberal on most issues, but not quite all.

That’s exactly it. The vast majority of Delaware voters get their news from the Philly TV market. Everyone in New Castle County knows about Abu-Jamal, and I suspect most want him in the ground…

JohnGalt23 on March 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

In related news, Barack Obama is a very lame duck.

“I’m sorry I compared obama to a bunny-rabbit last night – bunny rabbits are way more agile” Ralph Peters, this morning.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Obama and his buddies sure love the Black Panther, skin color-obsessed, anti-white types.

bluegill on March 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

He actually DID learn THAT from his father. Before he abandoned him.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

He actually DID learn THAT from his father. Before he abandoned him.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Which one?

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

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Old Country Boy on March 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, who’s rocking a 33 percent approval rating these days in North Carolina, thinking?

Mark Warner, apparently, voted for this defender of cop-killers. And he is up in 2014. I hope he has a good excuse as he goes before law enforcement groups in the Commonwealth.

And BTW, Ted Cruz rocks!

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, who’s rocking a 33 percent approval rating these days in North Carolina, thinking?

At least they have black constituencies to play to. What about Begich?

Bitter Clinger on March 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Don’t forget that this Diabole went to Paris, to celebrate the naming of the street, after the cop-killer in question.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

In related news, Barack Obama is a very lame duck.

But very lame ducks with a pen, a phone, and massive contempt for the Constitution still can cause a lot of damage.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

If I understand the rules properly, the recess appointee only serves until the end of the current Congress. That’s 12/31/14. And he technically cannot get another recess appointment for the next Congress.

So, there are limits for 7 Senate Democrats….and let’s not forget about the vile one’s who voted to confirm this apologist for a cop killer.

Athos on March 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, who’s rocking a 33 percent approval rating these days in North Carolina, thinking?

They need the black vote to win in November.

They don’t want to piss them off.

sentinelrules on March 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Finally, albeit small, some good news.

MaiDee on March 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan… thinking?

That they will need 0bama to give them a job next January.

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

And yes, I meant this attorney, not Jamal…..

…he should’ve been beaten to death years ago by Philly
cops using baseball bats..

ToddPA on March 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

That’s exactly it. The vast majority of Delaware voters get their news from the Philly TV market. Everyone in New Castle County knows about Abu-Jamal, and I suspect most want him in the ground…

JohnGalt23 on March 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

So does Carper feel insulated enough to vote for confirmation?

Bitter Clinger on March 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Old Country Boy on March 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Oh, grow up! I use ad block and have never seen a pop up.

Blake on March 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

War for the oaf, who’s chief, on the domestic and foreign fronts.

Kindergartners, rejoice!!!

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

“I’m sorry I compared obama to a bunny-rabbit last night – bunny rabbits are way more agile” Ralph Peters, this morning.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

If Obama were an animal he’d be a skunk. They don’t see very well, get lost easily, and their only ability is to emit a noxious smell that can’t be ignored.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Adegbile began his career as an aide to Pat Leahy. Reid went ahead with this vote as a courtesy to Leahy, I’m sure. He must not have whipped this too hard.

Mildly surprised at Coons voting No, though a lot of Delawareans get their news from Philadelphia, where this nomination was highl;y publicized and heavily opposed (other than the morons at the editorial page of the Inquirer. )

rockmom on March 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

The Danny Faulkner Story

Danny Faulkner was a young man with clear goals and dreams. He truly represents an American Story and the best traditions of our nation. He was raised in a loving family and was building his own family with the same love and determination with which he had grown up. He took time to serve his country. He was bright and energetic—caring and giving to his neighborhood, to his friends and to his profession. Mumia Abu-Jamal did not just kill a cop. He murdered a loving husband, a caring son, a brother to all around him and a friend to those he served. Mumia shot and killed a piece of America, a piece of America we would all like to see more of today.

kcewa on March 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

If I understand the rules properly, the recess appointee only serves until the end of the current Congress. That’s 12/31/14. And he technically cannot get another recess appointment for the next Congress.

Athos on March 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

What’s to stop him from ignoring that law too?

He’s done far worse than THAT and gotten away with it.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Now we need Ds w/ cajones to take down O-No-Care. Or something.

22044 on March 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Come on AP, Coons is up THIS YEAR. He filled the remainder of Biden’s term from 2010-2014.

Coons’ vote is SMART politics b/c of local media coverage in the PHL market.

More of a question: why did Hagan, Begich, Udall, and Landrieu not switch their vote when they saw the nomination going down? Money from the Left? Black vote? That would account for Hagan and Landrieu but not Udall or Begich.

Reid was insane to put them out on a limb.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

The nominee will get a recess appointment.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

“This is just another time that Obama has prevailed. Is the King dreamy or what?”
Fluffers in the MSM

jukin3 on March 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Oh, grow up! I use ad block and have never seen a pop up.

Blake on March 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

What does my growing up have to do with the problem? Why don’t you learn to contribute?

Old Country Boy on March 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, who’s rocking a 33 percent approval rating these days in North Carolina, thinking?

…heh?

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The arrogant affront of obama to even consider this thug is breathtaking.

RIP, Officer Fauklner. May this bring some peace to his widow.

Fight the thugs of the land as she does.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Sorry

RIP, Officer Faulkner.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Heh
Made my day but the lsm will focus on the Cummings rant instead methinks

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Upcoming Headline: Tea-Party-led Congress leads racist attack on black civil rights icon

faraway on March 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

If Obama were an animal he’d be a skunk. They don’t see very well, get lost easily, and their only ability is to emit a noxious smell that can’t be ignored.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

No, not a skunk. People who have kept skunks as pets report that they are loving animals. If Obama were an animal, he would be a naked mole rat. Naked mole rats live in the animal version of a communist commune.

thuja on March 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Thank God for a semblance of sanity in this Congress. However, expect scummy Holder/Obama to pick up the rock, scrape it, and come up with an even more vile, more anti-American, more Muslim sympathizer than this tool just to tick off main stream America. The community divider in chief and Holder don’t operate any other way.

DebraChicago on March 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Why don’t you learn to contribute?

Old Country Boy on March 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

My contribution to your piece of mind.

Haven’t had a popup or self start vid in I don’t remember how long.

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

What’s to stop him from ignoring that law too?

He’s done far worse than THAT and gotten away with it.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

So Obama will leave the post open until early 2015 and the rancid nominee can serve on our payroll for 2015-16.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

More of a question: why did Hagan, Begich, Udall, and Landrieu not switch their vote when they saw the nomination going down? Money from the Left? Black vote? That would account for Hagan and Landrieu but not Udall or Begich.

Reid was insane to put them out on a limb.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Expect to see some new Bridges in CO and AK

kcewa on March 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Great news. Any victory over Obama should be celebrated.

Jack_Burton on March 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Scott Brown is a happy man today!

scarchin on March 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

The arrogant affront of obama to even consider this thug is breathtaking.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

It’s purely political, and purely predictable. This keeps up the Right is Racist meme.

faraway on March 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Old Country Boy on March 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

OCB, have you tried Ad Block Plus? It works for me (I’m using Chrome as my browser).

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on March 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Is this racism or bipartisanship?

Just kidding, it’s straight up racism.

jukin3 on March 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Old Country Boy on March 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Here

kcewa on March 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

It would be nice if Mrs. Faulkner, the cop’s widow, would cut some ads to run against Landrieu, Hagan, Udall, Shaheen, Begich etc.

She might do it given the mental anguish she’s endured with this affrontery. And IIRC she wasn’t allowed to testify in the Judiciary Committee against this nomination.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Glad it turned out this way but what I would like to know is WHY, of all people, was this snakey attorney nominated in the first place?

To get a rise out people? Therefore, being able to scream RACIST? A poke in the eye to anyone that has an ounce of decency?

For the life of me, I find this nominee completely a BS one, just to irk half of the population.

tru2tx on March 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Coons is the outlier. He’s from deep-blue Delaware and doesn’t face reelection for another two years.

Proximity to the Philly area and the inevitable bad press that would have resulted from a “yes” vote explains everything.

steebo77 on March 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Obama is disgusted by his white heritage and goes out of his way to embrace and identify with his blackness. We have a racist, anti-white as president. But apparently racism against whites is a-okay.

bluegill on March 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Even libs on politico agree with this gop on this one….

Surprise surprise surprise…..for Harry

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Send that racist SOB packing.

Murphy9 on March 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

So Obama will leave the post open until early 2015 and the rancid nominee can serve on our payroll for 2015-16.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

He could always make him a Czar and he’s on our payroll.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Obama is disgusted by his white heritage and goes out of his way to embrace and identify with his blackness. We have a racist, anti-white as president. But apparently racism against whites is a-okay.

bluegill on March 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Sure, it’s one of the few respectable prejudices left.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan… thinking?

Well, there’s your problem right there. You expected them to think.

Myron Falwell on March 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Constantine I was just thinking that….he’ll assign him to a non senate approval desk job

cmsinaz on March 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Up next: Obama appoints him to a Recess Appointment, cites Senate restroom break as “adjournment”.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Rebplicans have a restroom.
Democrats have a bathhouse.

TX-eye on March 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM

read Adegbile’s bio…nigerian father, irish immigrant mother, born in the US and raised by his single mother…..hmmmm…

gracie on March 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM

It’s purely political, and purely predictable. This keeps up the Right is Racist meme.

faraway on March 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

No way, this was a mistake by Reid. A BIG MISTAKE. Sympathy toward a cop killer steers a lot more votes than the “Right is Racist” meme.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Coons is the outlier. He’s from deep-blue Delaware and doesn’t face reelection for another two years.

Mike Castle is still unemployed.

blammm on March 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Sure, it’s one of the few respectable prejudices left.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Particularly white male Christian heterosexual Republicans.

Bitter Clinger on March 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM

What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan?

NOLA and Charlotte, respectively.

blammm on March 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Coons is up in 2014. AP is incorrect.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Great news. Any victory over Obama should be celebrated.

Jack_Burton on March 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

here, here!

DebraChicago on March 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

He could always make him a Czar and he’s on our payroll.

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Or Holder could hire him as a ‘consultant’.

Athos on March 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, who’s rocking a 33 percent approval rating these days in North Carolina, thinking?

They like voting for guys who defend convicted cop killers. Part of the Democrats War on Cops.

rbj on March 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Blacks run the vote-theft machinery in the corrupt Democratic inner cities. Landrieu and Hagan may be past an honest election win, but perhaps they haven’t given up on just stealing it, Al Franken-style.

slickwillie2001 on March 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Glad it turned out this way but what I would like to know is WHY, of all people, was this snakey attorney nominated in the first place?

Because this is who Obama is, and they thought they had the votes.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Proximity to the Philly area and the inevitable bad press that would have resulted from a “yes” vote explains everything.

steebo77 on March 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I wouldn’t be worried about the Philly press when they excuse things like this:

Made in America featured some of music’s biggest stars. One of the more controversial acts – Public Enemy, known for being political and outspoken – took a Philly-centric approach, displaying a “Free Mumia” banner.

I would, however, be worried about the Philadelphia FOP doing a GOTV effort in Delaware.

blammm on March 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller
Pres Obama calls it “a travesty” that Senate failed to confirm his nominee to head the Civil Rights Division at Justice, Debo Adegbile.

Mark Knoller @markknoller
In a statement, Pres Obama says Adegbile was the target of “wildly unfair character attacks against a good & qualified public servant.”

Mark Knoller @markknoller
“As a lawyer, Mr. Adgebile has played by the rules,” said POTUS. “And now, Washington politics have used the rules against him.”

Mark Knoller @markknoller
Pres Obama says opposition to Adegbile because of a client he defended “runs contrary to a fundamental principle of our system of justice.”

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

If no nuke option, Rs would have been blamed for filibuster. Now vulnerable Dems had to vote.

The very definition of hoisted on your own petard.

Eat it Dingy Harry!

The schadenfreude is strong with me today.

neyney on March 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller
Pres Obama calls it “a travesty” that Senate failed to confirm his nominee to head the Civil Rights Division at Justice, Debo Adegbile.

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

“whaaaaa whhaaaa”, paging Schad…:)

MontanaMmmm on March 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Obama and Reid have to overreact now with racism and hyperbole, b/c they stupidly and needlessly forced Hagan, Shaheen, Landrieu, Warner, Udall, Begich and others into a very precarious vote.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

So Dirty Harry gets to bring up the vote again later on after some arm-twisting (aka bribes).

What ever happened to Dirty Harry’s much vaunted “Straight up and down vote”?

GarandFan on March 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Coons is the outlier. He’s from deep-blue Delaware and doesn’t face reelection for another two years. They didn’t even need his vote ultimately to kill the nomination. Can’t wait to find out what that’s about. Could be that the shooting of Daniel Faulkner was simply too close to home: It happened in Philadelphia, just across the border from Delaware. Delawareans may be liberal on most issues, but not quite all.

In addition, about 70% of the population of Delaware is in greater Wilmington, just across the border from Philly, and probably watches Philly TV. Coons was probably very sensitive to their votes, whereas the more rural southern part of Delaware tends to vote Republican.

Casey (D-PA) is even more directly affected, since Philly is a huge part of the Democrat base in his home state.

Glad to see that enough Democrats in the Senate were principled (or scared) enough to kill this nomination. Obama might have to be more careful with his future nominations, even if Reid has nuked the filibuster. Then again, the way Obama thinks, he might try to rush some more radicals into his Administration before the Senate turns red in November…

Steve Z on March 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

What ever happened to Dirty Harry’s much vaunted “Straight up and down vote”?

GarandFan on March 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

If it weren’t for his double standards, the pederast wouldn’t have any standards.

Athos on March 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Well that was a fun first big vote for Walsh.

MontanaMmmm on March 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Bad week so far for Dear Leader…but wait! He don’t need no stinkin’ Senate approval…

d1carter on March 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller
Pres Obama calls it “a travesty” that Senate failed to confirm his nominee to head the Civil Rights Division at Justice, Debo Adegbile.

Flora Duh on March 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

When the chip on your shoulder does all the thinking for you.

saltwaterfree on March 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Send that racist SOB packing.

Murphy9 on March 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

You’ll have to be a lot more specific than that. Which racist SOB? There are so many.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Some Dems are feeling the full wrath of Dear Leader and his kneecappers about right now..!

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Doomberg on March 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Reid probably intends to put his own pressure on behind the scenes. He might even pull the nomination back to the floor AFTER midterms but before his colleagues who lost leave town.

It boils down to just how determined Obama is to put the absolutely most radical person he can find in every single position, while he can.

Adjoran on March 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

What on earth were Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, who’s rocking a 33 percent approval rating these days in North Carolina, thinking?

They like voting for guys who defend convicted cop killers. Part of the Democrats War on Cops.

rbj on March 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Hagan might be wanting revenge on those Duke lacrosse players who were exonerated of “raping” a black stripper found drunk and unconscious before she fabricated her charges.

Landrieu might be trying to shore up her base in Chocolate City, even after the former mayor was run out of town for corruption…

Steve Z on March 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Kay Hagan, you are so TOAST!

maryo on March 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

they stupidly and needlessly forced Hagan, Shaheen, Landrieu, Warner, Udall, Begich and others into a very precarious vote.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Mark Warner is going have some fun times with VA law enforcement groups after this vote. I somehow don’t think that they’ll consider the defeat of a racist douche defender of cop-killers to be a travesty or unfair.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Mark Warner, apparently, voted for this defender of cop-killers. And he is up in 2014. I hope he has a good excuse as he goes before law enforcement groups in the Commonwealth.

And BTW, Ted Cruz rocks!

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Warner only needs to concern himself with the Dc suburbs in VA…he doesn’t give a hoot about those “rubes” in the SW of the state…

ladyingray on March 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Kay Hagan, you are so TOAST!

maryo on March 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

She was toast before this vote. At 33%, she’s already lost a hunk of the black and liberal vote…

ladyingray on March 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Maureen Faulkner needs to move back to PA and run for Congress in Philadelphia. I know it would bring some personal pain back, but it would be for America’s good.

either orr on March 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM

When you nominate a turd, don’t be surprised when you get one thrown back at you.

Another Drew on March 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller
Pres Obama says opposition to Adegbile because of a client he defended “runs contrary to a fundamental principle of our system of justice.”

Who does Obama think he’s kidding? Adegbile wasn’t some court-appointed lawyer for Mumia. He was the head of the local NAACP litigation office, and he voluntarily initiated a PR campaign to try and convince the public that Mumia Abu-Jamal was some kind of political prisoner and “victim” of a raaaaacist justice system, rather than the vile, remorseless cop killer that he really is.

Mumia Abu-Jamal was a member of a Philadelphia black nationalist group that advocated violence against police. When he got the chance to act on his beliefs, Mumia Abu-Jamal deliberately shot a bullet into the head of a young white cop as he was lying in the street — injured, unarmed and defenseless. At trial, when the young cop’s bloody shirt was being offered into evidence, Mumia Abu-Jamal made a point of turning around and smirking triumphantly at the cop’s grieving widow. There was an abundance of evidence — forensic evidence, witnesses, even Mumia Abu-Jamal’s own confession — at trial that proved Mumia’s guilt. The jury correctly concluded that this scumbag deserved the death penalty.

Adegbile hasn’t acted as a lawyer in this case; he has acted as a race-baiting PR flack. He has spent years trying to deceive the public about the actual facts of the case. Adegbile is almost as despicable as his vile client. That he was even considered for this nomination is an outrageous insult to every American, but particularly so to those in law enforcement. Thank goodness at least a few Democrats had sense enough to recognize this fact.

AZCoyote on March 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Warner only needs to concern himself with the Dc suburbs in VA…he doesn’t give a hoot about those “rubes” in the SW of the state…

ladyingray on March 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

He’s already got the DC suburbs. Those rubes, IMO, are going to run him out of office when combined just how quickly the Richmond has alienated Virginians (refusing to defend normal marriage, gun grabbing, Medicaid expansion looming).

In short, it is early but Warner’s seat isn’t as safe as he thinks it is.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

In short, it is early but Warner’s seat isn’t as safe as he thinks it is.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Hopefully, the GOP nominee won’t be an idiot.

ladyingray on March 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Per the WaPo article moments ago:

“The decision by seven Democrats to buck their party leadership and the White House caused a rare split in the Democratic caucus, which usually votes in lockstep on Obama’s nominees. A senior aide to one of the senators who voted against the pick said several offices were “very angry” with the White House for moving ahead with the Adegbile nomination even though they knew it created an unnecessarily uncomfortable and politically treacherous vote for several vulnerable Democrats in tough reelection races this year.

“It’s a vote you didn’t have to take. It’s a 30-second ad that writes itself,” said the aide, who asked for anonymity in order to speak frankly.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

“whaaaaa whhaaaa”, paging Schad…:)

MontanaMmmm on March 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

:)

Be well, my friend.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Landrieu might be trying to shore up her base in Chocolate City, even after the former mayor was run out of town for corruption…

Steve Z on March 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Miss Piggy’s equally shifty brother Mitch was re-elected several weeks ago though her big bundler Harrah’s is about to be sold off by Caesar’s.

Harrah’s-New Orleans has become increasingly unpopular not only because of the Landrieu sleaze and the usual vice component but also the large number of “Jackpot” winners denied their winnings under the guise of gaming machine “malfunction.”… and to think NOLA’s historic Rivergate building was torn down to make room for Harrah’s den of hookers, hustlers and one-armed bandits.

viking01 on March 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

obama’s white half is just as racist.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Too many posters are missing the point. The Dems in all these tight states already had the Black vote and the Progressive vote sewn up; they didn’t want or need this vote to reinforce anyone or get anybody agitated.

Instead, Obama and Reid have put them in a needless and stupid position by making them walk this plank.

There is NO upside for Landrieu, Hagan, Shaheen, Warner, Udall, Begich in any of this.

matthew8787 on March 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Not a lame duck, A LAME CROOK.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

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