President Obama denounced the Senate defeat of a Justice Department nominee on Wednesday, calling it “a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.”
Fifty-two senators — 45 Republicans and seven Democrats — voted to block Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division because of the role he once played in the defense of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
In written statement, Obama said Adegbile fulfilled the duties of a defense lawyer in the Abu-Jamal case.
“As a lawyer, Mr. Adegbile has played by the rules,” Obama said. “And now, Washington politics have used the rules against him.”
the realest thing I’ve ever read.
Some conservatives long for aristocracy, some long for dictatorship.
(Old-school GOPers v. Tea Partiers, basically.)
[P]erhaps the most bizarre element of watching the Crimean situation unfold through a US-centric lens: the iron-clad certainty of the pundit class that Putin is winning and Obama is losing. The exact opposite is true.
Putin has initiated a conflict that will, quite obviously, result in greater diplomatic and political isolation as well as the potential for economic sanction. He’s compounded his loss of a key ally in Kiev by further enflaming Ukrainian nationalism, and his provocations could have a cascading effect in Europe by pushing countries that rely on Russia’s natural gas exports to look elsewhere for their energy needs. Putin is the leader of a country with a weak military, an under-performing economy and a host of social, environmental and health-related challenges. Seizing the Crimea will only make the problems facing Russia that much greater…
You don’t have to listen to the “do something” crowd. These are the same people who brought you the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other greatest hits. These are armchair “experts” convinced that every international problem is a vital interest of the US; that the maintenance of “credibility” and “strength” is essential, and that any demonstration of “weakness” is a slippery slope to global anarchy and American obsolescence; and that being wrong and/or needlessly alarmist never loses one a seat at the table.