|The racist right reacts to Obama's nominee for U.S. Attorney for Civil Rights. His confirmation was declined when seven lily liver Democrats sided with the ignorance endorsed Republican minority.|
Just because someone defended an accused criminal doesn't mean the person is the criminal.
But in this case, the racist right once again rears its ugly head in the confirmation hearing Debo Adegbile.
Adegbile, a nominee for the position of U.S. Attorney for Civil Rights was rejected by Republicans and seven Democrats over the accusation of him being linked to a "cop killer".
The racist right managed to scream bloody murder of a limited role Adegbile played in the trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal was convicted in 1981 for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer.
|Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Cornyn (R-TX) and John Barrasso (R-WY).|
Mumia Abu-Jamal (pka Wesley Cook) became involved in black nationalism in his youth, and was a member of the Black Panther Party until October 1970. Alongside his political activism, he became a radio journalist, eventually becoming president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. On December 9, 1981, Officer Daniel Faulkner was shot dead while conducting a traffic stop on Abu-Jamal's brother, William Cook. Abu-Jamal was injured by a shot from Faulkner and when further police arrived on the scene, he was arrested and charged with first degree murder.
|Senator Jeff Session (R-Alabama).|
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid eventually joined the seven fellow Democrats in a maneuver to preserve his right to bring up the nomination again. The final vote was 47 for and 52 against, with 51 votes needed for the nomination to proceed.
The vote was a tough one for Democrats, many of whom face challenges in elections in November and are leery of allowing themselves to be portrayed as soft on crime.
This is reported by Reuters.
Of course, this is what the Republican Party does. They literally act like a bunch of idiots.