Loretta Lynch meets Ted Cruz. A grand old time is had by all

posted at 8:01 am on January 29, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

We’ll start off the day with some video goodness for you. As previously noted, confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder, got underway this week. One of her inquisitors was Senator Ted Cruz (R – Tex) who had plenty of questions, many related to the performance of the current Attorney General and how her approach might differ, if at all. The conversation would, in my opinion, be described as polite and professional, while still being confrontational. This first section (which starts in the first couple of minutes in the video below) deals with the limits of discretion in prosecution.

With regard to the limits of executive power, Sen. Cruz asked, “Let me ask about your understanding of prosecutorial discretion. Would it allow a subsequent president… to state that there are other laws that the administration will not enforce – labor laws, environmental laws – would it allow a president to say every existing federal labor law shall heretofore not apply to the state of Texas because I am using my prosecutorial discretion to refuse to enforce those laws? In your judgment, would that be constitutional?”

Nominee Lynch responded, “Again, I would have to know what legal basis was being proposed for that.”

Sen. Cruz continued, “I find it remarkable that you are unable to answer that question. I can answer it straightforward. It would be patently unconstitutional for any subsequent president to refuse to enforce the tax laws, or the labor laws, or the immigration laws for the very same reason that President Obama’s actions refusing to enforce immigration laws are unconstitutional. And it is discouraging that a nominee who hopes to serve as attorney general will not give a straightforward answer to that question.”

Here’s that first video:

There was additional goodness, involving everything from drone strikes to free speech and whether or not the office of the Attorney General should act as an independent agent in upholding the constitution or as a political arm of the White House. Follow the next two links for the videos of those. Not much more to say here, other than noting that these are the distilled good bits from a long day on CSPAN. (Please note that these videos are not in chronological order.) Enjoy.

Second video.

Third video.


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I heard on FOX & Friends that the Dems intend to crank up their “War on Women” machine again. If Lynch is not confirmed you can bet that will be their first shot in their renewed war.

With some “racist” hand grenades tossed in for good measure.

Flora Duh on January 29, 2015 at 8:18 AM

Dems are already doing that.

Also, isn’t that the Dems’ default complaint when they are not indulged?

It’s like saying, “yo momma!” Or “neener, neener, neener” if from a White Liberal.

OF COURSE the Left will scream (and already is screaming) “racist, war on women, racist” at even the slightest critique of Loretta Lynch.

NO WHERE IN THE JOB REQUIREMENTS does it ever state that “one must be either Black and/or female” to be President, AG, hold any office, be employed in the government.

It’s time to regard the “you’re a racist” and “war on women” taunts as foolish and ill-thought-out as they are. In other words, they’re meaningless words in these contexts.

People in Congress and other branches of govt. have to stop cowing down to these meaningless taunts. Let them fly, they’re the taunts of creeps.

Lourdes on January 30, 2015 at 2:51 AM

Go to any interview and dodge every direct question the way she just did, and your pathetically unqualified butt would be kicked out the door.

Which is why she works in govt, where such evasiveness means you iz smaht.

Smegley on January 29, 2015 at 8:31 AM

Yes, well said.

Lourdes on January 30, 2015 at 2:53 AM

Loretta Lynch is not the AG this nation needs nor deserves.

It’s painful that, especially now after the Holder messes, we have to even consider such a person as his replacement.

No one Obama nominates, either, is going to be an improvement over either. I think DoJ should maintain without an AG until we elect a different, and far better, President. Congress should come up with a plan to help the DoJ do that: maintain without an AG until we have a better President.

Lourdes on January 30, 2015 at 2:56 AM

What’s next, Al Sharpton as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs? Maybe Treasury Secretary?

Lourdes on January 30, 2015 at 2:57 AM

It’s truly remarkable that, out of the entire nation, the most qualified candidate for the job of Attorney General in the Obama administration is another black person, much less a historic black woman.
 
Gosh, what are the odds?
 
(BTW, I haven’t checked, but is it a Harvard or Chicago connection?)
 
rogerb on January 29, 2015 at 8:47 AM

 
When have political appointments ever been a pure meritocracy? The ideal of appointing the most qualified person for a position is nice in theory but in practice political appointments have always been a hybrid of political expediency and competence. Or do you believe that Mike Brown was the most qualified man for FEMA?
 
Ric on January 29, 2015 at 4:52 PM

 
Wow. So
 
1) BOOOSH!
 
2) You, not the general “you” but you, Ric, personally don’t see or aren’t aware of the weight difference between non-cabinet level administrative positions and this?
 

The Judiciary Act of 1789 created the Office of the Attorney General which evolved over the years into the head of the Department of Justice and chief law enforcement officer of the Federal Government.
 
http://www.justice.gov/ag/about-office-0

 
And, other than the vice president, the only cabinet position that doesn’t have the word “secretary” in the title.
 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/cabinet

 
Ponder that for a bit. Or don’t, whatever. Because historic.
 
3) Having enough vague awareness of Mike Brown’s performance to make the reference in regards to this historic and statistically impossible back-to-back extra-minority appointment to the position of chief law enforcement officer of the United States, you support identical approaches and, one must assume, outcomes for her?
 
4) Having enough vague awareness of Mike Brown’s performance to make the reference in regards to this historic and statistically impossible back-to-back extra-minority appointment to the position of chief law enforcement officer of the United States, you support identical approaches and, one must assume, outcomes for us?
 
Yikes.

rogerb on January 30, 2015 at 5:54 AM

The Left cannot be defeated without defeating their media propaganda machine.

justltl on January 30, 2015 at 7:43 AM

PWNT!

Decoski on January 30, 2015 at 8:59 AM

If we didn’t have a one party system, they’d bork this biatch.

Decoski on January 30, 2015 at 9:01 AM

She seems to well spoken to work for Obama!

Obamatrix on January 30, 2015 at 11:25 AM

She seems to well spoken to work for Obama!

Obamatrix on January 30, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Uppity, stupid, lying and loud…she’s practically his soulmate.

LawfulGood on January 30, 2015 at 11:53 AM

One thing about Holder:
He has removed from the Dem quiver any complaint about using the DoJ towards political ends by future GOP Presidents. The GOP can just point to Holder/Obama, and Kennedy/Kennedy.

Another Drew on January 30, 2015 at 1:03 PM

Of course Republicans will confirm her, with the mistaken belief that this will make Liberals, (especially the MSM) like them.

Alabama Infidel on January 30, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Dodging Ted’s questions show me that she would not make a good Attorney General at all. Too much double talk from her. Would be as bad as the current Attorney General. Hope she is NOT confirmed.

Amazingoly on January 30, 2015 at 4:18 PM

…Or do you believe that Mike Brown was the most qualified man for FEMA?
 
Ric on January 29, 2015 at 4:52 PM

 
…4) Having enough vague awareness of Mike Brown’s performance to make the reference in regards to this historic and statistically impossible back-to-back extra-minority appointment to the position of chief law enforcement officer of the United States, you support identical approaches and, one must assume, outcomes for us?
 
Yikes.
 
rogerb on January 30, 2015 at 5:54 AM

 
All done again (and again and again and again), Ric?

rogerb on February 1, 2015 at 5:57 AM