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Senate Republicans Need Fortitude to Wait Until 2015 for Lynch AG Action

Loretta_Lynch

President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch as his new Attorney General.  This should not be a surprise.  Lynch was a close adviser to Eric Holder and reportedly Holder’s personal pick to replace him.

Once again, Obama piles more onto the news cycle, and tosses another pitch to the now-doomed Senate:  try to confirm Lynch before adjournment, or wait until the Republican majority takes over next year.  This, on top of Obama’s petulant decision to proceed with an executive order to create a new class of illegal alien para-citizen.  Almost a million and a half of these illegal immigrants will receive California drivers licenses after January 1, 2015, when a new law takes effect.*

The Senate could try to ram Lynch’s nomination through, which would not be surprising, with weak opposition by Republican leadership.

Senate Minority Leader [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ], R-Ky., who presumably will become the majority leader in the next session, issued a statement Friday night urging the Senate to wait until January to vote on the nomination.

“Ms. Lynch will receive fair consideration by the Senate,” he said. “And her nomination should be considered in the new Congress through regular order.”

[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] tweeted a response showing more backbone.

Based on Lynch’s history, I don’t see major opposition to her confirmation.   Her first task will likely be distancing the Justice Department from Holder’s scars, then defending Obama’s immigration actions against certain challenges.  She’s best known for her prosecution of several NYPD officers for the torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Loulma in 1997.  This case will be touted because of its connections to both immigration and to events in Ferguson.

When the field is burning, Obama continues to make hay.  Fortitude!  This is what the GOP needs.  With all the stacked-up inventory of scandal and woe:  Fast & Furious, Benghazi, and IRSgate (oh how quickly we forget the past), dropping everything to gather more hay in the twilight of Democrat control would be dumb with a capital Stupid for Senate Republicans.

Let’s make sure we call our Senators and tell them not to take this bait.  Wait for the new Congress, and deal with the issues.  One thing I’m sure of:  If confirmed, AG Lynch will have her hands full for the next two years.

 

*Of course, also by California law, anyone providing a driver’s license can register to vote (online or by mail).  Not that California requires any more demographic change to support Democrats.  But what happens when those newly-minted para-citizens move to another state?  A driver’s license opens many doors (and other states will have to deal with them).