Jeb Bush says that the Senate should confirm the nomination of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s choice for attorney general. A number of Senate Republicans oppose her nomination.
“I think presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said, according to reports of his stop at the “Politics and Pie” forum in Concord, New Hampshire, on Thursday night.
The former Florida governor made sure to get in a few digs at current Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that Republicans should consider that the longer it takes to confirm Lynch, the longer Holder stays.
With Bush’s polling dropping faster than Bill Clinton’s pants at a sorority house (or maybe a Girl Scout camp) one would think Jeb Bush would be mending fences with folks who will have to vote for him in a GOP primary. It is hard to think of too many more gratuitous slaps he could take at conservatives than to advocate for the Senate to confirm a party hack like Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’S001141′ ] (R-AL) called on his fellow Senators to oppose President Obama’s nominee for attorney general, pointing to her support for the president’s executive amnesty.
“What I want to say, colleagues, is the attorney general played a key role in this presidential overreach,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Monday. “It was the attorney general’s office that approved this overreach and so this nominee says she believes this was correct. She indicated and I’m sure will defend it in every court around the county and advocate for it.”
According to the Alabama conservative, while people argue the attorney general works for the president, the nation’s top law enforcement official in fact works for the people.
“Her salary comes from the taxpayers of this country. Her duty, on occasion, is to say ‘no’ to the president. To try to help him accomplish his goals like a good corporate lawyer would — but at some point you have to say, ‘Mr. Corporate CEO, Mr. President of the United States, this goes too far, you can’t do this.’ So she has indicated she is unwilling to do that.”
Sessions pointed to one of his major issues with President Obama’s executive amnesty, specifically the issuance of millions of work permits to illegal immigrants and how that could serve to undermine the job prospects of Americans and legal immigrants.
He highlighted a portion of Lynch’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in which she said that illegal immigrants had a right to work in the United States.
“I believe that the right and the obligation to work is one that is shared by everyone in this country, regardless of how they came here,” Sessions quoted Lynch. “And certainly if someone is here regardless of status. I would prefer that they be participating in the workplace than not participating in the workplace.”
Sessions points out how “stunning and breathtaking that is for the top law enforcement officer in America to say that a person has a right to work in this country, regardless of how they came here.”
I don’t know any other way to interpret than through the lens of his earlier statement of political philosophy
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Monday laid out a simple, yet very challenging strategy for a Republican who hopes to win the 2016 presidential election: A successful candidate, Bush said, must be willing to “lose the primary to win the general.”
Speaking at a CEO forum sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, the son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush reaffirmed that he is considering running for the White House in 2016, and said he will make a final decision “in short order.”
“I don’t know if I’d be a good candidate or a bad one,” Bush told attendees. “But I kinda know how a Republican can win, whether it’s me or somebody else.” A winning candidate “has to be much more uplifting, much more positive, much more willing to be practical,” than recent Republican presidential nominees, he said. The candidate should also be willing “[To] lose the primary to win the general, without violating your principles,” Bush said.
I think it is becoming increasingly clear that Jeb Bush is out of touch with the political landscape of the nation and the party he hopes to lead. That isn’t his fault, many well-intentioned plutocrats are completely out of touch. But it is becoming a reason why he should be shunned as a political candidate.
A president is entitled to his team within the confines of “advise and consent” by the Senate. Lynch, in her testimony, demonstrated that she has no respect for the law and will do whatever she is told to do. So replacing Eric Holder with Eric-Holder-in-drag is not an improvement and clearly moves the decision beyond the notion of the president forming his own team. That Bush can’t understand that and that he can’t understand why conservatives are opposed to her he really has no business in politics because we are simply not worthy of his high-mindedness.