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.”