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January 25, 2015

Will this week's confirmation hearings for AG nominee Loretta Lynch produce any fireworks?

This new National Law Journal article suggests the answer to the question in the title of this post may actually be no. The piece is headlined "Nominee Isn't Drawing a Crowd: Loretta Lynch hasn't inspired the passions that Eric Holder Jr. did — but that might be by design." Here are excertps:

Since Loretta Lynch's nomination on Nov. 8 for attorney general, the Senate Judiciary Committee has received about a dozen letters supporting her — a volume that starkly contrasts with the outpouring Eric Holder Jr. inspired six years ago.

That may not be a bad start for a nominee whose Senate hearings are scheduled to begin on Jan. 28. But by the time Holder's confirmation hearings began on Jan. 15, 2009, the committee had received more than 100 letters from law enforcement, victims' rights and civil rights organizations — among other groups and individuals — weighing in on Holder's fitness for the job.

A former White House lawyer who worked on previous Obama administration nominations told the NLJ that the dearth of formal submissions concerning Lynch is less about a lack of enthusiasm for her than the fact her work in the law hasn't generated sharp, easily defined divisions on Capitol Hill.

Lynch's critics so far haven't pointed to any particular moment in her career that raises questions about her fitness to serve as the nation's top law enforcement officer. Indeed, some Republicans intend to challenge Lynch as a proxy for the Obama administration at large — with a focus on the president's executive action on immigration....

As of press time, the Judiciary Committee had posted 13 letters addressing Lynch's nomination. Lynch's public support, so far, represents a cross-section of federal prosecutors, district attorneys, in-house corporate attorneys, African-American lawmakers and law enforcement officers. She has the formal support of general counsel at Alcoa Inc. and Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers, the Federal Bar Council, the Congressional Black Caucus and the National District Attorneys Association....

From almost as soon as Obama nominated Lynch, some Senate Republicans signaled they wouldn't stand in her way. In November, for example, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Lynch "looks good to me." Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called her a "solid choice." That does not mean there won't be opposition. The difference between 2009 and 2015 in the political climate and the Senate's composition — now with the Republicans in control — may mean Lynch will be confirmed by a narrower margin than Holder's 75-21 tally, which included 19 Republican "yea" votes. "The pattern of recent confirmations has been that nominees will get just enough to get through," Gorelick said.

Gun Owners of America intends to voice its concerns to the judiciary committee for those senators looking for reasons to vote "no" against Lynch. In a proposed letter, the group said Lynch has "no real paper trail." The letter tied her to justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, as well as to Holder, each of whom the Gun Owners of America calls "a committed anti-gun radical." "She's kind of like Eric Holder in a skirt," organization president Larry Pratt told the NLJ. Although Lynch has made her name as a longtime prosecutor, Pratt's letter highlights sustained criticism of Holder as an activist attorney general.

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My comment from Nov. 9. Nothing has changed about this waking nightmare for the American people. Yet another hate filled, affirmative action feminist witch hunter. In this case, she is the witch, and is on the hunt.

Harvard Law grad.

A biased racist.

Attacked productive male enterprises such as banks that unloaded toxic loans on Europeans, but not the black thug lawyers and former gang bangers in the federal government that threatened their charters if they did not lend to irresponsible minorities. Extorted $billions to finance Obama's follies.

Ideological extremist. What is her only true ideology? Lawyer rent seeking. Wants to try terrorists as criminals, wasting $billions of worthless lawyer government make work fees, taking decades of appellate practice to resolve. Close Guantanamo to generate massive legal costs.

Hypersensitive to the slightest offense. Someone thought her a court reporter at one deposition in her life, now she is a victim of racism, rather than the reality, a highly privileged, and undeserving affirmative action beneficiary. Just like her boss.

A treasonous warlord in the War Against Drugs, enriching the enemies of our nation and the pillagers of the governments of our friends in Mexico and Afghanistan. A funder of the Taliban and of the Mexican Drug Cartel, instead of enriching our American tobacco companies.

Likely to continue DOJ stonewalling of discovery of the multiple scandals allowed by Holder.

Each of the above would make her completely unacceptable. Together they make for a waking nightmare for the American people

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 25, 2015 10:16:26 PM

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