By Cara Murphey
April 19, 2015
Obama said “Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote, get her confirmed, let her do her job. This is embarrassing.” He also call the senate “dysfunctional” and said they have gone too far. He chalked it up to “political gamesmanship” (a phrase he is very familiar with). He was so embarrassed that he took the opportunity to inappropriately reprimand and berate the Senate Republicans publicly during a joint press conference on foreign policy and the threat of ISIS with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The holdup is being blamed on Anti-trafficking legislation that had bi-partisan support until the democrats decided they did not like the abortion language within the bill. Senator McConnell is using the Lynch confirmation vote as political leverage to encourage democrats to pass the Anti-trafficking bill without alteration. Thank you Mitch, nice to see you acting like a republican! It included the same language as the 1976 Hyde Amendment which restricts funding for victims’ abortions except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother which is standard in this type of bill. But this is a problem for the democrats. Why? Because they refuse to negotiate on ANYTHING! Why would the taxpayer be required to pay for an unwanted pregnancy because the mother failed to use birth control? The vote is expected to happen in the next few days.
But forget about that, blocking appointments and legislation is a political strategy used by both parties. I want to talk about the hypocrisy that is DC. The hypocrisy that oozes out of our Politicians mouths when the very strategy that they use is used against them or their cause. The hypocrisy of the narcissistic rational of “its fine when I do it but not when you do it.”
When President Obama was a member of the “dysfunctional “senate he took an active role in blocking many Bush judicial appointments. But now when it does not serve HIM, “enough is enough”? I realize there is a huge difference between judicial and cabinet appointees. The point is, both parties find it perfectly fine to employ whatever strategy necessary as long as they can publicly lambaste the opposition when they use the same ploy.
For example, Dick Durbin. A Politico piece (among others) from 3/18/15 reports Durbin’s statement regarding the Lynch stall. “Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar.” Oh yes, there it is…the race card. So Durbin is implying that the Republicans are stalling the vote because Ms. Lynch is African-American. He knows that is untrue but the average MSMBC viewer doesn't. Score 2 for Durbin! But what about the time Durbin and the democrats blocked the Estrada vote? A memo from Senator Durbin’s office was leaked that referred to George W. Bush judicial nominee, Miguel Estrada as, “especially dangerous, because he has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment.” See this piece from Judicial Watch. Ummmm… that sounds a wee bit racist to me.
For that matter, what about the entire 2003 democrat “memogate” scandal? The controversial plot by several ranking democrats to block all of Bushes Judicial nominations in order to appease their liberal special interest groups and big campaign donors? Here is a time line published in 2004 by Free Republic. Thousands of memos were exposed between the Democrat Senators offices that reveal they were more beholden to handing out favors for friends than their own ethics. The scandal fizzled when the focus went from the content of the memos to the legality of how they were exposed. Typical DC…bait and switch! And this obstruction went on throughout the entire Bush presidency! See this July 7, 2008 piece by CNSN news.
The bottom line…if you are going to play dirty okay, fine, whatever. It is American Politics and we have all become accustom to the bully, whiny, dirty and sometimes mobster style tactics used by our legislators. But for goodness sake, when you are the victim of “what goes around comes around” please sit down and shut up! It is just embarrassing.