We have an answer to that question, and it’s exactly what many expected.
President Obama’s controversial nominee to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division, Debo Adegbile, was blocked by the Senate in a 47-52 vote earlier today. Seven Democrats voted against the nomination, which became eight after Harry Reid switched to a “no” at the last minute to preserve his ability to re-visit the nomination in the future.
Had the Dems held together there was little the Republicans could have done to block the nomination, which was by simple majority vote. However, in spite of reality, Harry Reid found some of his usual scapegoats:
Harry Reid argued GOP opposition to Adegbile was really about voting, because 'Republicans don't want people to vote' http://t.co/ivHGDgq81e
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 5, 2014
Of course he cries RAAAAACISM! What a joke. BTW, this guy supported convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal http://t.co/QO0MRUuB5a
— Barracuda Brigade (@ArcticFox2016) March 5, 2014
Pathetic, but that’s Harry Reid:
In the final speech before the vote, Reid called the GOP opposition to Adegbile “an affront to what it means to live in America,” and — noting Adegbile’s history with working on voting rights cases — said it is part of a larger Republican strategy to disenfranchise minority and impoverished voters.
“They want fewer voting people. They don’t want people to vote and they especially don’t want poor people to vote.” Reid said.
Stunning, except not really:
I don't know about you, but I'm shocked that Harry Reid would claim racism on the Debo Adegbile vote.
— Jim Amato (@TekJim) March 5, 2014
— steveyuhas (@steveyuhas) March 5, 2014
Shorter Harry Reid: Republicans want to block Debo Adegbile from DOJ because they don't want black or poor people to vote.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 5, 2014
— drh7772001 (@drh7772001) March 5, 2014
— Doug Dauntless (@DougDauntless) March 5, 2014
— judy w. miller (@judywmiller) March 5, 2014
At least Reid is predictable.