Obama Wins Again: GOP Is Powerless To Stop The Confirmation Of Eric Holder’s Replacement

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Senate Republicans are already complaining, but the truth is that they are completely powerless to stop President Obama from appointing and Democrats from confirming Eric Holder’s replacement as attorney general.

President Obama wants to appoint a new attorney general, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants a quick confirmation vote.

The Hill reported that Senate Republicans are powerless to stop the Democrats from using the lame duck session of Congress to confirm a new attorney general, “But even if, as many predict, Republicans reclaim control of the Senate in the approaching midterm elections, they would be largely powerless to block Democrats from using their current majority to confirm an attorney general before the new Congress is gaveled into session in January.”

Due to Harry Reid going nuclear, a confirmation vote will only require a simple majority for passage, which the Democrats will definitely have during the lame duck session

The timing of Holder’s resignation wasn’t an accident. If Attorney General Holder didn’t step down now, he might have been forced to finish out President Obama’s second term. If Democrats keep control of the Senate, Holder could leave at any time, but the president would face an intense confirmation battle if Republicans controlled the Senate.

Eric Holder resigned now, so that the White House could avoid that confirmation battle.

Senate Republicans like Ted Cruz (R-TX) are already complaining, “To ensure that justice is served and that the Attorney General is not simply replaced with another extreme partisan who will likewise disregard the law, the Senate should wait until the new Congress is sworn in before confirming the next Attorney General. Allowing Democratic senators, many of whom will likely have just been defeated at the polls, to confirm Holder’s successor would be an abuse of power that should not be countenanced.”

Once again, Sen. Cruz is having some issues with reality. Confirming the new attorney general during the lame duck session makes sense in light of the increased terrorism threats that the nation is facing. Republicans may not like it. They are free to view confirming a new attorney general in this manner as a violation of Senate etiquette, but it is definitely not an abuse of power.

Republicans can throw as many tantrums as they please, but there is nothing that they can do to stop the nation for having a new attorney general by the end of the year.

21 Replies to “Obama Wins Again: GOP Is Powerless To Stop The Confirmation Of Eric Holder’s Replacement”

  1. Ted Cruz is a whiner. One that knows if he were in this position he would do the same

    May be a bit early to count on anyone being beaten in the polls ted

  2. Serves the Repugs right for being idgits about every other appointment. I just wish they could do the same for all the other pending appointments. I wish Reid had the guts to go nuclear and make it so

  3. “Senate Republicans like Ted Cruz (R-TX) are already complaining, “To ensure that justice is served and that the Attorney General is not simply replaced with another extreme partisan who will likewise disregard the law, the Senate should wait until the new Congress is sworn in before confirming the next Attorney General.”

    Eat AUMF crow, buddy. Democrats can simply point to the partisan way Republicans demanded a vote to allow Bush to invade Iraq in the midterms of 2002. Cruz wasn’t there at the time, but all the other corrupt Senate republicans were, and their political strong-arm tactics are still fresh in voters’ memories.

  4. Who really gives a crap what Ted Cruz thinks. In fact America’s biggest terrorist threat is Cruz and his old man. They both should be sent home. Hell!!!!

  5. I love it when President gets the better of the GOP! ,They have nobody to blame but themselves! It takes a certain arrogance to call your taxpayer “lazy,” when you have not worked all year, even when in session. This is what happens when you don’t give a damn about “we the people.”

  6. They only give a damn for straight, white christian men and corporations. Women are second class and the devients are to be put to death.

  7. I’d like to see his birth certificate before he starts spewing what rules he wants to make up. Jerk.

  8. Like the GOP wouldn’t do the same thing. They hate that the Dems have learned some of their “legal” trickery.

  9. Republicans lie, cheat, steal, twist the rules, then become indignant when the AG and POTUS recognize the political situation and try and get something done.

  10. Say it with me, now. Chief Justice Eric Holder of the Supreme court. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

  11. Dear Pres.: pick another good AG.
    Ted Cruz: go to the beach and pound sand. The way to an enemy’s heart is a forward thrust.

  12. Sen. Cruz needs to be reminded that each senator holds his/her office until the end of his/her respective term. Authority to act is not diminished during a ‘lame duck’ session. Those newly elected have no power, no rights, no vote until they take office on Jan 3, regardless of party.

  13. Every time we see where the repubs will take the Senate I get sick to my stomach. If repubs do take the Senate, the House will impeach PBO and the Senate will try him. The last 2 years of PBO’s term will be pure hell. Nothing “we the people” want will be addressed. We will be held hostage by repub radicals who are hell bent on destroying us.

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