The Senate voted 47-52 Wednesday to reject controversial nominee Debo Adegbile as an assistant attorney general.
Seven Democrats voted against moving forward with President Obama’s nomination of Adegbile, which the Fraternal Order of Police and other groups opposed because of his involvement in the defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) then switched his vote from yes to no in a move that allows him to bring the nomination up again for a future vote.
Along with Reid, the Democratic votes against Adegbile were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), John Walsh (Mont.), Chris Coons (Del.) and Bob Casey (Pa.).
Adegbile was up for AAG for Civil Rights, so this is all about race. I understand why West Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana, Delaware and Pennsyltucky Democrats might chicken out and vote no, but race just isn’t much of an issue in Montana or North Dakota.
Structurally, even without the filibuster, population shifts make the Senate a place that caters to rural, white, small-minded ignorance and prejudice. And that will be the death of us all. As the story points out, John Roberts defended a man who had been convicted of murdering 8 people. IOKIYAR of course, but I wonder how many people will be denied competent representation because Democratic lawyers realize the they won’t ever be appointed to a judgeship or a DoJ position if they’ve defended a black man accused of killing a white cop.