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Senate’s Rejection Vote on Adegbile Shows Obama to be Tone Deaf

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 6, 2014

A few months ago Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used the so-called “nuclear option” and changed the Senate’s filibuster rule for presidential appointments.  Prior to Reid’s rule change, the filibuster rules required a 60 vote supermajority to approve presidential appointments.  This rule was in play for much of Senate’s history and was designed to give the minority party more of say in passing Senate legislation.

Reid’s gamble on the rule change set a dangerous precedent, significantly increasing the majority party’s power.  While that currently serves the interest of Democrats and their liberal allies, it guarantees that sometime in the future it will increase the power for Republicans.  This procedural change should concern any American who believes the country needs checks and balances to keep it from swaying too far to the Left or Right.

AdegbileEarlier this week the Senate handed Pres. Obama a stunning defeat when Democrats could not get even a simple majority to approve his nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division.  By a vote of 52 to 47, seven Democrats abandoned the President and joined all Republicans in blocking Adegbile’s nomination.

Obama’s Adegbile nomination was controversial from the start.  Adegbile spent significant legal effort supporting Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer in 1981.

Supporters of Adegbile claim he is being mistreated and that he was merely doing his job as a legal advocate when representing Abu-Jamal’s interests.  While that logic may be appropriate for many future employment opportunities, Adegbile’s past associations are fair game when seeking an important post within the Justice Department.

Even though seven Democrats joined Republicans in rejecting Adegbile, Obama was unapologetic labeling the vote a “travesty” based on “wildly unfair” attacks.  The President further stated:  “Mr. Adegbile’s qualifications are impeccable.  He represents the best of the legal profession, with wide-ranging experience, and the deep respect of those with whom he has worked.  As a lawyer, Mr. Adegbile has played by the rules.  And now, Washington politics have used the rules against him.”  History is littered with tales of many individuals who played by the “rules”, but took inappropriate actions.

During his first campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama promised to be the president for both blue and red states.  This was one of many broken promises by the President.  Many of Obama’s nominees are far to the Left of center politically, to the point of being radical.  However, to this president, people like Van Jones, William Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, and Debo Adegbile merely represent his own radical Leftists views.

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