Rumor has it that Mitch McConnell may allow a confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch this week.
You remember Loretta Lynch. She is President Obama’s supremely qualified nominee for Attorney General who has been languishing on the sidelines while McConnell plays politics with her career. The president nominated Lynch last November and she has been awaiting confirmation twice as long as the last seven nominees COMBINED.
What’s the hold up? It’s not about her qualifications. No one has questioned her bona fides for the position. Even Obama hater Rudy Giuliani endorsed her.
McConnell has decided to use her appointment as a bargaining chip to resolve a human trafficking bill that contains some language about federal funds paying for abortions.
That’s it. Resolve the bill…get Lynch approved.
No wonder people hate politics.
No matter how you look at it this political stunt it makes no sense.
There is no one in the Obama administration that Republicans despise more than current Attorney General Eric Holder. They see him as ideolog disdainful of all things GOP. Holder wants out. But he’s not leaving until his replacement is confirmed. The longer Republicans delay Lynch’s appointment the longer they are stuck with Holder.
And then there is the 2016 elections to consider. If Republicans have any hope of seeing the inside of the White House other than an invited guest they are going to have to find a way to attract black and women voters. Nothing endears you to black and women voters like leaving a highly qualified black woman nominee twisting in the wind for no reason other than pure political spite.
Once again the Grand Old Party is proving to be its own worst enemy.