Once again the Republican-controlled Senate has surrendered its role as defender of the U.S. Constitution as it voted to confirm an attorney general who says illegal aliens have a right to work in the U.S. and partial-birth babies don’t have a right to life. The Senate took two votes on the nomination of Loretta Lynch: first, a “cloture” vote to end debate and allow a final vote on confirmation, and, then, the final vote itself.
Neither of these votes would have taken place had not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought her nomination to the floor for consideration. Thanks to a change in Senate Rule XXII that he and Senator Harry Reid pushed through in 2013, only 50 votes were needed instead of the historical 60.
A total of 66 senators voted for cloture — including 20 Republicans — despite a March 2015 Rasmussen poll showing voters were in no big hurry to name Lynch the next U.S. attorney general. In fact, jus’ 33-percent of those asked believed the Senate should confirm her.
At a confirmation hearing in January, Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions asked Lynch: “Who has more right to a job in this country? A lawful immigrant who’s here, a green-card holder, or a citizen, or a person who entered this country unlawfully?”
“Well, Senator,” said Lynch, “I believe that the right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here. And certainly, if someone’s here, regardless of status, I would prefer that they be participating in the workplace than not participating in the workplace.”
In 2006, Lynch signed a brief submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart, trying to overturn the law that Congress enacted in 2003 banning partial-birth abortion. She claimed the language — including the term “living fetus” — was too vague to be understood by those responsible for obeying it and enforcing it.
Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz opposed her conformation saying: “I would note there are more than a few voters back home that are asking, ‘What exactly is the difference between a Democratic and Republican majority when the exact same individual gets confirmed as Attorney General, promising the exact same lawlessness, what’s the difference?’”
Cruz however did not to vote, later saying “…if the Senate could get 60 votes for cloture, they could get 51 for final confirmation.”
In the end, they confirmed Lynch 56 to 43, with 10 Republicans voting for her.
The U.S. is now ruled by a mix of executive overreach, legislative complicity, judicial collusion, and journalistic dishonesty. All the traditional ways to save our country are blocked by political elitists unconcerned with the rule of law or the U.S. Constitution.
Welcome to the despotism of the de facto one-party state.