Patterico's Pontifications

3/6/2014

Obama DoJ Nominee Rejected

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:42 am

Allahpundit:

Wait a sec. Didn’t Harry Reid nuke the filibuster for presidential appointees a few months ago? Why, indeed he did, which means Republicans had no hope of stopping this confirmation by themselves. They’d need at least six Democrats to cross the aisle to get to 51 no’s. And given how humiliating that would be for The One, no one expected it to happen. Joe Biden was apparently standing by in the chamber today to provide the 51st yes, just in case five Dems got cold feet and the final tally ended up 50/50.

Eight Democrats voted no, although Reid was among them only to preserve his ability to move to reconsider the nomination later if need be. Nomination defeated.

If the beef against him was simply that he represented a cop killer, I think that’s unfair. Representing unpopular criminal defendants must be done in our society.

That being said, this somehow doesn’t feel just like a lawyer doing his job. Probably a lot of that has to do with the bogus Ed Asnerish claims that “Mumia” was mistreated because of his race, together with the fact that this nominee worked for the NAACP and volunteered for the gig, together with the fact that other lawyers working with him were constantly playing the race card.

Let’s go Godwin for a second. If Hitler had been arrested and had a trial, he would need a lawyer. It would be wrong to vilify that lawyer simply for representing Hitler. But if Hitler already had a good legal team and then some Stormfront lawyer came riding in to help, with a team of other lawyers who were all vilifying “the Jews” as part of their defense . . . well, it would be hard to see the Stormfront lawyer as a guy you want going to DoJ.

That example is unfair to the NAACP, but only a little. It is still the group that applauded Shirley Sherrod before the section of her speech that supposedly (but not really) showed she wasn’t a racist.

My guess is that this Adegbile fella thought he was going to be applauded everywhere he went for doing this noble good deed. Now he ran into some people who don’t think it’s much of a good deed at all. Oh well. They’ll find some other hack for a position that is, after all, best suited to a hack. If it’s not this guy, it’ll be some other race hustler.

UPDATE: Pat Toomey at CPAC:

“This is not at all about the principle that every defendant deserves a competent attorney,” he said. “This was always about the principle that no one should be able to make a mockery of the criminal justice system, fan the flames of racial strife in America, join a dishonest international anti-American campaign, along the way drag the family of a fallen police officer through three decades of hell and then be confirmed to a high post of the Justice Department.”

Well said.

35 Responses to “Obama DoJ Nominee Rejected”

  1. There’s still an ember burning in the ashes?

    nk (dbc370)

  2. Patterico, if you have never read Tom Wolfe’s “Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers,” it helps illustrate what’s going on…from a long time ago.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  3. Sons and daughters of the new Southern Democrat confederacy.

    Colonel Haiku (a07071)

  4. What… you can’t shoot a cop in the back, stand over him as he’s helpless on the ground, shoot him in the face and get away with it!?!? I thought this was America.

    Colonel Haiku (a07071)

  5. I wonder how many of Mumia’s fans have considered that their hero killed because he was acting out the Black Revolutionary fantasies of a class of largely white liberal intellectuals.

    C. S. P. Schofield (e8b801)

  6. On target in all respects. “Mumia” lawyers have used the race card throughout. Furthermore, in the circles Adegbile (and Obama) frequent this was a POPULAR case to be in.

    DN (fe3f16)

  7. What Mumia did was absolutely horrible, and the evidence against him is very strong.

    I have never understood why the left made a hero out of Mumia. He’s an honorary citizen of Paris, has an honorary law degree, NPR tried to air his prison rants, etc.

    When I took 20th Century US History, we read Assata instead of discussing the Cold War or World War II. It was a cute attempt to simply refuse to educate the class.

    There is a deliberate poisoning of our culture, and examples like lionizing cop killing monsters like Mumia is the clearest example I can see. Morality itself is simply cancelled in the pursuit of ‘social justice’, which is an Orwellian expression if ever there was one.

    If you ever actually read or listen to Mumia (or Assata) the racism these people rely on for every decision is pretty amazing. Mumia is the same, in my eyes, as a racist slave owning American who kills a man for seeking his freedom.

    Dustin (303dca)

  8. Dhimmi’s are playing a very cynical game. But the Coons vote is evidence Reid and the WH are not perfectly aligned.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  9. because he killed a cop, Morton Halperin, father of Mark, defended Phillip Agee’s burning of Richard Welch, for no good reason, ostensibly he had worked against guerillas in South America,

    narciso (3fec35)

  10. I sent an email to Sen. Casey yesterday, thanking him for his willingness to stand up to Obama and Holder.
    It is likely true that when reelection time comes, Sen. Casey would rather have the support of the FOP and unions that would fall in line with the FOP, which he would have lost had he voted to confirm;
    that said, the FOP cannot help against the IRS, the FBI, and the rest of those ready to do the bidding of the one.

    Yes, this is/was not about the right for everyone to have competent counsel; this was about attacking victims of outlandish crimes for the purpose of race baiting.

    If “they” were about equal rights and justice, they would do better standing for equal rights and justice Martin Luther King, Jr. “content of character” style. Someone who kills another person for no good reason and brags/rejoices by shouting. “I killed the m-fer, I killed the m-fer” should be held accountable, no matter what color the perpetrator, what color the victim, what color the jury and prosecutor, what color the man on the moon.
    When people are held accountable for their crimes equally, that is when respect and confidence is won.
    But some are filled more with selfish ambition than a desire to do justice.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  11. 7. “If you ever actually read or listen to Mumia (or Assata) the racism these people rely on for every decision is pretty amazing.”

    Possibly instructive for our side.

    Wise as serpents, innocent as doves’

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  12. #2, SJ, yes, I read Tom Wolfe’s book shortly after it was published, a life-long liberal recommended it and I’ve been grateful ever since.

    Combine Wolfe’s insights with leftist efforts to manufacture events which demonstrates our institutions are antiquated and incapable of functioning properly and the purpose of their otherwise inexplicable sabotage operations is revealed.

    ropelight (e66ef7)

  13. Every now and then one can read about a really foolish judicial ruling handed down by an appointee of…Jimmy Carter, who left office over 30 years ago

    I cringe to think what joys and wonders will be coming out of the judiciary based on all the mischief (or crappola) emanating from Obama.

    His appointees will be a gift that keeps on giving, far into the future.

    Mark (dfd2c4)

  14. With Obama, one can focus on both what he says and what he does. He talks about his disdain for partisanship and how he’s reached across the aisle to bridge the divide and the next day vilifies the political opposition as racisty devils out to enrich the 1% at the expense of the folks who only need a hand to realize their full potential. His picks for unvetted czars and those that have to be confirmed like this particular poor choice tell the true tale of his core beliefs. Obama has characterized the Senate’s rejection of his poor choice as a “travesty”?

    I call it a traveshamockery… and it’s a beautiful thing.

    Colonel Haiku (a07071)

  15. I have a patent on that phrase colonel.

    narciso (3fec35)

  16. This piece of human filth was a willing, ethusiastic co-conspirator in the 30-year effort to torment Officer Faulkner’s family. They care nothing of truth or justice.

    Robert Parry (50d7c5)

  17. narciso my friend
    “traveshamockery” mine
    I’ll see you in court!

    Colonel Haiku (a07071)

  18. This son of a jackal claimed Mumia was “a political prisoner.”

    A man who confessed to shooting a defenseless and unarmed police officer in the head as he laid on the ground before him. There was never any question the filthy scum was guilty, but no one would have objected to him having a lawyer for appeals.

    Just because you’re a lawyer doesn’t give you a blank check to hold pep rallies for cop killers.

    And the Mumia case is just the most prominent of his anti-American race-baiting.

    I know lawyers stick together like feces in a septic tank, but there comes a time to choose a side.

    Estragon (ada867)

  19. Hey, not all lawyers applaud this kind of behavior.

    rochf (f3fbb0)

  20. So the letter writing, or e-mail writing campaign worked after all!

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  21. 7. …I have never understood why the left made a hero out of Mumia. He’s an honorary citizen of Paris, has an honorary law degree, NPR tried to air his prison rants, etc.

    Comment by Dustin (303dca) — 3/6/2014 @ 8:24 am

    I’ve always understood perfectly why the left made a hero out of Mumia.

    But then, I had the advantage of growing up on the fringe of a very leftist college town. So I’ve had the opportunity to study the vile, craven bastards since childhood.

    As the saying goes, I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here quick as I could. I figure my role is to say, “this is how they start” when the blue states become so intolerable they move here and try to s*** where they eat.

    Steve57 (2991b6)

  22. Just to be clear, Mumia lived the left’s fantasy.

    Something they don’t have the guts to do themselves.

    Steve57 (2991b6)

  23. So, Slow-Joe was in the Chair, and ready to cast the tie-breaker.
    And 7 Dems (representing the heart of the Old Confederacy) voted NAY – plus Reid in a procedural move.
    Can’t Reid’s whips count?
    Why in Hell would you bring this to the floor if you knew you were going to lose?
    Or, which Senator lied to Reid about how they would vote?

    I blame Reid’s IBS.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  24. IBS-related dementia… for that Sonuvabitch of teh Desert.

    Colonel Haiku (5063d5)

  25. Really, Steve… how is that difficult to understand? It’s what the Left has been all about for decades.

    Colonel Haiku (5063d5)

  26. I have read a well reasoned argument that, had Obama appointed him to a non civil rights post, there would have been less opposition. But, of course, Obama couldn’t resist the thumb in the eye.

    Mike K (cd7278)

  27. As the saying goes, I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here quick as I could. I figure my role is to say, “this is how they start” when the blue states become so intolerable they move here and try to s*** where they eat.

    Comment by Steve57 (2991b6) — 3/6/2014

    Amen, man.

    Dustin (303dca)

  28. So, Slow-Joe was in the Chair, and ready to cast the tie-breaker.
    And 7 Dems (representing the heart of the Old Confederacy) voted NAY – plus Reid in a procedural move.
    Can’t Reid’s whips count?
    Why in Hell would you bring this to the floor if you knew you were going to lose?
    Or, which Senator lied to Reid about how they would vote?

    I blame Reid’s IBS.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 3/6/2014 @ 4:35 pm

    Here are the Democrats who voted no:

    Chris Coons (Del.)
    Bob Casey (Pa.)
    Mark Pryor (Ark.)
    Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)
    Joe Manchin (W.V.)
    Joe Donnelly (Ind.) 
    John Walsh (Mont.) 
    Harry Reid (Nev.)

    With the exception of Arkansas, how can anyone call these Democrats representatives of the “sons of the confederacy”?

    Tanny O'Haley (c0a74e)

  29. i love lists

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  30. askeptic was mocking NPR, Tanny. NPR called them “Southern Democrats”. Race card when there’s no card at all.

    nk (dbc370)

  31. Glad to oblige.

    Tanny O'Haley (c0a74e)

  32. NPR tried to pull that BS that only a bunch of Southern Democrats joined the Republicans in voting against the nominee. Thank you Tanny for setting the record straight.

    AZ Bob (23ff3a)

  33. He did not represent a man accused of being a cop killer … No he did not …

    He choose to represent a man CONVICTED of being a cop killer …

    this is not guilt by association … this is associating with the guilty …

    JeffC (8ad636)

  34. Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 3/6/2014 @ 4:35 pm

    Can’t Reid’s whips count?

    Yes. Harry Reid warned Obama he would lose, both the night before and right before the vote, but Obama insisted on going ahead.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

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