Commentary

Editorial blasts Burr, Tillis for “ridiculous” obstruction of AG nominee Lynch

#ConfirmLoretta2The Charlotte Observer is the latest large media outlet to speak out against the absurd and offensive blockade Attorney General nominee and North Carolina native Loretta Lynch by GOP senators.

The Observer rightfully terms the blockade — which is even opposed by notorious left-wingers like Orrin Hatch, Lindsay Graham and Rudolph Giuliani — a “ridiculous” exercise in toxic politics and political hostage taking.

As this morning’s editorial notes:

“Critics say she’s too much like Holder and the man who’s trying to hire her, Barack Obama, on major issues such as voting rights and immigration. It’s a ridiculous objection. What boss picks an employee to fight his or her goals?

What’s really holding her up is the kind of hyper-partisan D.C. food fight that’s destroying our country.”

Meanwhile, Burr and Tillis are their usual helpful selves:

“Lynch can’t even turn to her two home-state senators for help. A delegation of her N.C. supporters came away disappointed Tuesday after meetings with Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.

Burr has said he can’t support her because she seems too friendly to federal lawsuits like the one pending against North Carolina’s tough new voting requirements. Too much like Holder, Tillis has said, adding that he’d be shocked if her views on key issues differed from the president’s.”

Happily, the saving grace in all this is that Holder remains on the job. As Talking Points Memo reported yesterday:

2 Comments


  1. Rob Schofield

    March 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Meanwhile, the Greensboro News & Record weighed in with a similar op-ed entitled “Confirm Lynch now” – http://www.news-record.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/confirm-lynch-now/article_ba2169f4-cdb7-11e4-832c-132fdfe576b8.html

    And the N&O’s Barry Saunders explains why “No Obama nominee could win favor of Tillis and Burr” – http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/barry-saunders/article15300320.html#emlnl=Politics_&_Government_News

  2. Alan

    March 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    She’s black and female, so that obviously disqualifies her for the current GOP. I recall it was Mississippi that was the crazy, backward southern state… not so much now.

    I await the righteous indignation of our interns & resident trolls, proclaiming there’s no racism at all in the Republican Party.

Check Also

The more we learn, the worse the new Trumpcare proposal looks — especially for North Carolina

Another day, another bevy of revelations about just ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

When the N.C. Senate elected Tom Fetzer to the UNC Board of Governors in March, it was widely seen a [...]

The 12 minutes spent on the phone with Duke Energy customer service shed no light on how — or if — c [...]

Crumbling ceilings. Failing air conditioning and heating systems. Broken down school buses. Mold inf [...]

This story has been updated with comments from Jim Womack, who did not respond earlier to questions. [...]

Last week, the General Assembly announced which legislators will serve on the Joint Legislative Task [...]

The latest effort in Washington to repeal and not actually replace the Affordable Care Act has a dif [...]

Conservative group “reviewing” bigoted attacks; funding from major NC corporations implicated Nearly [...]

5---number of days since Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham unveiled a new proposal to repeal [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more