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Senate Rejects Obama Civil Rights Division Nominee

The Senate today by a 52-47 vote rejected President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division, with seven Democrats joining Republicans against the nominee because of his defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Democrats voting to block the nomination were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, John Walsh of Montana, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Chris Coons of Delaware. Coons, Pryor, and Walsh all face re-election this year.

Obama, in a statement, was hopping mad:

The Senate’s failure to confirm Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice is a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.  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 . . .

And now, Washington politics have used the rules against him.  The fact that his nomination was defeated solely based on his legal representation of a defendant runs contrary to a fundamental principle of our system of justice – and those who voted against his nomination denied the American people an outstanding public servant.

But law enforcement officials, Republicans and the widow of Philadelphia police office Daniel Faulkner, whom Abu-Jamal killed in 1981, waged a campaign against Adegbile because of his work with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund filing briefs and appeals on Abu-Jamal’s behalf.

Obama’s statement was no doubt less vitriolic than it might have been, given that the rejection was bipartisan.

But this was still the usual hubris, presuming that opposition to the Will of Obama cannot be based on logic and must be political or something worse. Such a statement is strikingly unpresidential, and, for Obama, entirely unsurprising.

20 Responses to Senate Rejects Obama Civil Rights Division Nominee

      • I totally agree. It never should have seen the light of day and it should have been a unanimous “No”. I’m just grateful for any victories, no matter how small the margin.

  1. Little wonder Barry nominated this person:

    “Through his extensive work at the NAACP and in arguments before the Supreme Court, Adegbile has made it clear he does not believe civil rights apply to whites.
    Not surprisingly, the mainstream media seems to be less interested in Adegbile’s radical ties and more interested in his role on Sesame Street as a child actor.”

    • In a press statement, The White House announces:
      “The Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I’ve just received word that the President has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away”.

    • A lot of people in the Senate though the years are forgotten.
      Harry Reid can only wish the reason he has been acting in such a fowl way, is that he just wants to be remembered. He wants a big spot in the History book.

  2. Finally some D’s are catching on that Obama ALWAYS selects third rate, oddball and off the radar nominees for important positions. It took them awhile, but they’re slowly getting there.

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