Originally posted on United States Hypocrisy:
The United States Senate by a 52-47 vote, pulled one of its most outrageous stunts yet this past Wednesday when it voted to block a man who has proven himself to be a foremost Civil Rights champion of the 21st century, Debo Adegbile, from being nominated to head the Civil Rights Division of the United States Justice Department. Adegbile is probably best known for his decade-long work as a member of the legendary NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), which he moved into the head position of in 2012. While it was by no means shocking that Republicans uniformly opposed Mr. Adegbile, as they have done the same to practically everyone President Barack Obama has nominated to fill a vacancy in the federal government for the past 5-6 years, it did come as a surprise that no less than seven members of the President’s own party joined their colleagues in rejecting this more-than-qualified candidate for the position. (*) Debo Adegbile was representative of everything the Democratic Party claims to care about. He has been the most ardent champion of voting rights on the legal front for the past ten years, even successfully making the case before the Supreme Court in 2008 for the need to preserve the Voting Rights Act. What was it then that drove these supposed political allies of the President of the United States to so needlessly and outrageously deliver what some have called a politically embarrassing defeat for him?