The White House is calling it “unconscionable,” but moral condemnation comes when Republicans play hardball.
Voters elected a huge number of Republicans for a reason, and it wasn’t to see peaceful cooperation between Republicans and Democrats in Congress. They wanted the Obama Administration stopped.
This is not easy—and not just because the Republicans don’t seem to even want to do their jobs. Barack Obama doesn’t have to worry about winning another election. And he doesn’t have to worry about saving fellow Democrats in Congress. For 2016 he seems more concerned about sabotaging Hillary than worrying about defeating Republicans. And he still has the veto.
Thus, with his willingness to use executive orders, he has Congress at a disadvantage. He can veto their laws, including the laws aimed at nullifying his executive orders. Congress won’t consider impeachment. They are unwilling to take the blame for a government shutdown and thus have tied up their own hands from using their power of the purse.
But Obama still wants to make appointments and can’t do so without Senate cooperation. Thus, the moralistic hysterics reported by the Hill: “WH: Lynch delay ‘unconscionable’”
It is “unconscionable” that attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch has not yet received a confirmation vote in the Senate, the White House said Monday.
“It’s an unconscionable delay,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who noted President Obama nominated Lynch 128 days ago.
Earnest said there are no legitimate questions about Lynch’s qualification for the post, citing her track record as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He accused Senate Republicans of “playing politics” with the confirmation vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will be “hard-pressed to make the case” he lived up to the promise of assuring Lynch would receive a fair confirmation process, Earnest said.
McConnell on Sunday said he would delay action on Lynch’s nomination until Democrats agree to cooperate on legislation intended to combat human trafficking.
“This will have an impact on the timing of considering the new attorney general. Now, I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can’t finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again,” McConnell said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Democrats blocked the bill last week over a provision that would prohibit the use of federal funding for abortions.
When Democrats are outraged at the Republicans for “playing politics,” that just means it hurts their pride to be beaten at their own game. Of course, Mitch McConnell is playing politics. That’s what he is supposed to do. He is supposed to find some weakness—some chink in Barack Obama’s armor—so that we can win a concession from him. In this case, the issue is using taxpayer money to fund abortion. The Republicans in Congress would be betraying the people who voted for them again if they did anything less. Holding up Lynch’s confirmation is an excellent strategy.
I wish we would see McConnell play politics with Obama in this way more often!