Ever since Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) became Speaker of the House after the 2010 midterm elections, he has done nothing but cave into every demand made by Barack Obama. He has failed miserably to lead House Republicans in the way that the voters demanded.
When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) became the Senate Majority Leader in January, I wondered if he would mimic the spineless ways of Boehner since the two of them are supposed to be close friends. Early on it appeared McConnell was well on his way of joining Boehner in his betrayal of the voters, but the 73 year old senate leader seems to have suddenly grown a backbone and some courage.
The Senate is tasked with approving presidential nominees. On the current list of nominees being considered by the Senate is Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee to replace Attorney General Eric Holder. While I’m very anxious to see Holder gone, I fear Lynch may be no better and hopefully most Senate Republicans feel the same way about her.
As Senate Majority Leader, McConnell controls what measures and bills go before committees and the full Senate. Harry Reid did the same thing when he was Majority Leader and kept many bills passed by House Republicans from ever seeing the light of day in the Senate.
McConnell is taking a page out of the Reid play book concerning the Senate approval of Lynch. He wants action to be taken on an anti-human trafficking bill, but the bill has become stalled by the Democratic minority. In response, McConnell is blocking a Senate vote on Lynch and has been doing so for several weeks until the Senate moves on the anti-human trafficking bill.
The reason Democrats have stalled the anti-trafficking bill is because it contains a prohibition of the use of money from a victims’ fund to be used for abortions. The money would come from people convicted of human trafficking, but Senate Republicans are against abortion period and therefore are standing firm on the provision to block the bill’s funding of abortions.
In typical political hypocrisy, Democrats and the media are referring to McConnell’s actions as shabby, irresponsible and poor politics. When Reid used the same tactics, he was hailed as the hero of the Senate. Obviously the liberals don’t believe in what’s good for Reid is good for McConnell.
Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) questions why the Democrats are doing what they’re doing and fully supports McConnell, saying:
“The majority leader is perfectly within his rights to basically say that we’re perfectly happy to take … this nomination up as soon as we finish this bill.”
Since McConnell is my senator from here in Kentucky, I have urged him to stand firm against the Democrats’ pressure. I also urged him to not to approve Lynch as the next Attorney General. Congressional Republicans need to group together against Obama’s dictatorship and block all of his nominations until a Republican can kick him and the Democrats out of the White House.