History Is Made As The Senate Votes 56-43 To Confirm Loretta Lynch

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Loretta Lynch became the nation’s first female African-American Attorney General today as the Senate finally voted to confirm her nomination, 56-43.

Ten Republicans sided with all Democrats in voting to confirm Lynch. The Republicans were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Orrin Hatch (UT), Lindsey Graham (SC), Susan Collins (ME), Jeff Flake (AZ), Mark Kirk (IL), Rob Portman (OH) Thad Cochran (MS), and Ron Johnson (WI). The list of Republicans who voted to confirm Lynch is dotted with senators from Blue states will be up for reelection next year. Ayotte, Kirk, Portman, and Johnson are all considered to be vulnerable incumbents.

Lindsey Graham was the only potential Republican presidential candidate in the Senate who voted for Lynch’s confirmation. Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio both voted against her, but even they were better than Ted Cruz, who didn’t even bother to show up for the vote.

The Senators who voted against Lynch tried to turn her confirmation into a vote on President Obama’s immigration executive actions. Before the vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said, “The Senate must never confirm an individual to such an office as this who will support and advance a scheme that violates our Constitution and eviscerates established law and Congressional authority. No person who would do that should be confirmed. And we don’t need to be apologetic about it, colleagues.”

Before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid summed up the Democratic position:

Later today the Senate will do something that it should have done months ago – confirm Loretta Lynch as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States. Loretta Lynch is as qualified a candidate as I have ever seen during my three decades in Congress. So qualified, in fact, that today will mark the third time she has been confirmed by the United States Senate. Twice before, Loretta Lynch was unanimously confirmed as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

By all accounts, Loretta Lynch’s confirmation this time around should have sailed through the Senate. And for a while, it seemed like it would. A handful of Republican Senators were vocal in their support for Ms. Lynch: the senior Senator from Utah, the senior Senator from South Carolina, and the junior Senator from Arizona. But it soon became apparent that Republican leadership wasn’t interested in moving the Lynch confirmation along. Her nomination dragged on for months. In fact, Ms. Lynch waited longer to be confirmed than the first 54 Attorneys General combined. Longer than Attorneys General nominated by every President from George Washington to Woodrow Wilson. What should have been a quick confirmation would be anything but that. Instead, Ms. Lynch became the first Attorney General nominee in history to be filibustered. Imagine that, the first of 83 Attorneys General.

The entire confirmation process has been a disgraceful Republican failed leadership debacle. Majority Leader McConnell tried to take the Lynch nomination hostage as the nation was made to wait for a new Attorney General because Republicans insisted on playing games and trying leverage the situation for the benefit of their unrelated agenda.

In the end, history was made, and the top law enforcement position in the country was filled, but not before the American people were reminded of why Republicans are unfit to govern.

12 Replies to “History Is Made As The Senate Votes 56-43 To Confirm Loretta Lynch”

  1. John McCain, raised holy hell about the remarks from another senator “Lynch was being made to ride in the back of the bus”. He voted against her confirmation. Reince’s people are phony. Just like the rest of the devil’s disciples.

  2. “The Senate must never confirm an individual to such an office as this who will support and advance a scheme that violates our Constitution and eviscerates established law and Congressional authority.”
    —–

    Well that automatically disqualifies any Republican ever again then…

  3. I’ve a sneaky suspicion that the gopers aren’t through paying for this debacle. The justice department just might look at several “issues” hated by the GOP – and right before 2016 elections!

    Before it’s all done, the gopers will wish they hadn’t played their stupid games with this woman.

  4. She was not going to be approved because had two strikes against her:
    1. Female
    2. Black

    It brings the issue of the glass ceiling for females, no matter how well prepared she came, no matter how many credentials and recommendations, it was not good enough for those “corporation-representatives” at the Capitol.

    I would like to know if many of the people doing the confirmation are as well prepared as this lady is.

  5. Two good points:
    First, Loretta Lynch is finally confirmed.
    Second, 43 complete idiots just self-declared.
    Thanks Obama!

  6. The republicans prove over and over again just how idiotic they are. She should have been voted in 100%. John McCain is useless–please AZ vote him out. Try a Democrat–you might like it.

  7. Even though Loretta hails from my state, NC, both our
    repug senators, Burr & Thillis, voted against her con-
    firmation. These two Cotton letter signers once again
    have splashed their constituants with stupid paint. Idiots
    put these republinazis in Congress and now the rest of
    us suffer the consequences.#47 TRAITORS!

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