President Obama’s choice for a powerful appeals court appointment is in peril from both the left and the right, highlighting how the fraught politics of an election year are threatening the president’s agenda even among his allies on Capitol Hill.
The nomination of David Barron, who was a Justice Department lawyer at the start of the administration and is now a Harvard Law School professor, is mired in a maw of contentious issues. Republicans object to what they say are his radically liberal views on the Constitution. Democrats in conservative-leaning states, especially those who are up for re-election, are wary that a vote for him might backfire with voters at home. And members of both parties say they are disturbed by Mr. Barron’s authorship of legal memos that justified the United States’ killing of an American citizen overseas with a drone.
The American Civil Liberties Union wrote to all 100 senators on Monday urging them to put off a vote on Mr. Barron’s confirmation until the White House allowed them to read all of his writings on the drone program.
Barron would only need 51 votes, which means Republicans are completely powerless to stop him from being approved. Only Democrats can kill this nomination, and that's exactly what these cowards are planning to do, because DROOOOOOOOOONES.
Mr. Barron, chosen by the president last year for a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, needs 51 votes, meaning only a handful of Democrats, who control 55 seats, could defect. The majority leader, Harry Reid, has not decided whether he will proceed with a vote given the uncertainty, a spokesman said Monday.
The A.C.L.U.’s objections, along with the announcement by Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, that he would use his power to slow down the confirmation unless the administration released one of the legal memos written by Mr. Barron, raised fresh questions on Capitol Hill on Monday about whether the nomination would survive.
So yes, pathetic cowards are running from Obama again, as if Republicans will magically go easier on them in November just because they say "Hey, I stood up to that one" and that Democratic voters will be more likely to vote for them after slagging the President.
Keep right on going, kids. We don't forget.