Clearly this must be racist.
The U.S. Senate narrowly defeated President Obama’s nominee to oversee the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division due to Republican and law enforcement objections to the role he played in the defense of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Only 47 senators, all Democrats, voted to advance Debo Adegbile’s nomination while 52 senators voted to block him, including 7 Democrats. Vice President Biden presided over the vote in the event he could break a tie, which was unnecessary after Democrats failed to muster enough support.
Adegbile’s defeat occurred even after Senate Democrats last year unilaterally changed the Senate rules on judicial and executive nominations to lower the threshold from 60 to a simple majority of votes to end a filibuster.
Another humiliation for Obama is a victory for decency and sanity. The fact 47 senators voted for this lowlife says plenty about them. The seven who voted against Adegbile should be commended, even if some may have had political motive. They can at least look themselves in the mirror.
Earlier, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell unloaded:
Update: Via Lachlan Markay, Obama calls it a travesty. Um, OK.