Why Democrat attacks on Senator Sessions during attorney general confirmation hearings will backfire

The uncontrollable fury that Democrats feel over Donald Trump’s election is leading them into many mistakes that will ultimately backfire on them.  There have been rumors circulating that they plan to make their stand against the Trump cabinet by seriously challenging the nomination of Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

The real reason they fear him is that they know he is uncorruptable and a skilled prosecutor.  There is a lot of dirt in the Department of Justice, starting with Fast & Furious, that they want to keep under the rug.  Then there is the rogue Civil Rights Division, which openly rejects certain races as worthy of protection by its efforts.  In general, the left thumb has been resting on the scales of justice, and Sessions is just the person to take charge, shake things up (with a timely revision of civil service laws of enormous help), and return to the path of equal justice for all.

But they can’t use the real reason.  Democrats never admit to their selfish motives.  So they revert to the default setting: the race card.

Most AT readers are well aware of Sessions’s sterling record in going after the KKK when he was in Alabama as A.G.  So all they have is that he is a white Southerner – that is to say, a naked appeal to bigotry.

But they also have another yuuuge problem.  During his his service in the Senate, he picked up a lot of kind – and honest – praise, some of it from the very people who will have to attack him during hearings.  Paul Bedard writes in the Examiner:

At least three Judiciary Committee Democratic senators, who've praised their committee colleague the past, are also raising concerns about Sessions that they've never listed before. And ditto for other Democratic senators who have jumped to co-sponsor and support legislation put forward by Sessions in the past.

They include Sens. Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy. In criticizing Sessions, the trio have apparently forgotten their praise in a rush to politically tarnish their colleague ahead of the confirmation hearing.

And if the Dems do the smart thing and don’t make Keith Ellison the head of the DNC, Sessions will be able to point to this:

A review of past public statements that show support and admiration for the Alabama senator includes words from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez who plans a spirited bid for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.

Consider: During his 2009 confirmation hearing as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Perez called Sessions a "wonderfully welcoming person."

At his hearing Perez said: "I had the privilege of serving as a first-line supervisor in the criminal section. I traveled the country. My first travel was to Mobile, Ala., where we were treated with great dignity by then-U.S. Attorney and now Sen. Jeff Sessions, the first trial that I participated in, and he was a wonderfully welcoming person, a wonderfully welcoming U.S. attorney, and I am very grateful for that work."

Go ahead, Dems.  Make my day.

The uncontrollable fury that Democrats feel over Donald Trump’s election is leading them into many mistakes that will ultimately backfire on them.  There have been rumors circulating that they plan to make their stand against the Trump cabinet by seriously challenging the nomination of Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

The real reason they fear him is that they know he is uncorruptable and a skilled prosecutor.  There is a lot of dirt in the Department of Justice, starting with Fast & Furious, that they want to keep under the rug.  Then there is the rogue Civil Rights Division, which openly rejects certain races as worthy of protection by its efforts.  In general, the left thumb has been resting on the scales of justice, and Sessions is just the person to take charge, shake things up (with a timely revision of civil service laws of enormous help), and return to the path of equal justice for all.

But they can’t use the real reason.  Democrats never admit to their selfish motives.  So they revert to the default setting: the race card.

Most AT readers are well aware of Sessions’s sterling record in going after the KKK when he was in Alabama as A.G.  So all they have is that he is a white Southerner – that is to say, a naked appeal to bigotry.

But they also have another yuuuge problem.  During his his service in the Senate, he picked up a lot of kind – and honest – praise, some of it from the very people who will have to attack him during hearings.  Paul Bedard writes in the Examiner:

At least three Judiciary Committee Democratic senators, who've praised their committee colleague the past, are also raising concerns about Sessions that they've never listed before. And ditto for other Democratic senators who have jumped to co-sponsor and support legislation put forward by Sessions in the past.

They include Sens. Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy. In criticizing Sessions, the trio have apparently forgotten their praise in a rush to politically tarnish their colleague ahead of the confirmation hearing.

And if the Dems do the smart thing and don’t make Keith Ellison the head of the DNC, Sessions will be able to point to this:

A review of past public statements that show support and admiration for the Alabama senator includes words from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez who plans a spirited bid for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.

Consider: During his 2009 confirmation hearing as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Perez called Sessions a "wonderfully welcoming person."

At his hearing Perez said: "I had the privilege of serving as a first-line supervisor in the criminal section. I traveled the country. My first travel was to Mobile, Ala., where we were treated with great dignity by then-U.S. Attorney and now Sen. Jeff Sessions, the first trial that I participated in, and he was a wonderfully welcoming person, a wonderfully welcoming U.S. attorney, and I am very grateful for that work."

Go ahead, Dems.  Make my day.

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