Senate Democrats Vote Down Obama's Nominee For DOJ Civil Rights Division Head

Tyler Durden's picture

Moments ago, the Senate was supposed to vote through Debo Adegbile, Obama's nominee for the civil rights division at the Department of Justice and who represented cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. It failed, when the Democrats in the Senate couldn't get enough votes to pass a simple majority with 8 Democrats voted against Adegbile: Casey, Coons, Donnelly, Manchin, Walsh, Heitkamp, Pryor. Reid voted no in order to reconsider nom later.

WaPo reports:

Opponents of President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division prevailed in blocking his confirmation Wednesday, as he failed to clear a procedural hurdle.

Eight Senate Democrats joined with Republicans in voting against Debo Adegbile, whose nomination was adamantly and vocally opposed by conservatives due to his participation in an appeal filed on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal -- an internationally-known prisoner convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

The vote was expected to be close -- with Vice President Biden on hand to potentially cast a tie-breaking vote -- but the final tally was 47-52 in opposition to the appointment.


Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) initially voted for Adegbile, but switched his vote to no, giving him the right as Senate leader to bring up the nomination again at a later date.


Adegbile becomes the first Obama nominee rejected under the new Senate procedures approved in November that require just a majority of senators present to agree to proceed to a vote on most presidential nominees.


Other Democrats who voted against the Obama nominee were Chris Coons (Del.),Bob Casey (Pa.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.V.), Joe Donnolly (Ind.), John Walsh (Montana).


Adegbile, 47, spent more than a decade working for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, where he served as the group’s in-house voting rights expert. The legal defense fund began its work on Abu-Jamal's behalf well before Adegbile began working for it, however he did contribute to the filing of a 2009 court brief that argued that Abu-Jamal faced a discriminatory jury -- an appeal later found to have merit by a judge.


But, that participation in Abu-Jamal's appeals, opponents including Faulkner's widow have argued, should disqualify him from holding any publicly appointed position in the justice system.


Several prominent Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), took the floor Wednesday to speak in opposition to the nomination and in hopes of swaying vulnerable Democrats facing re-election in red states.

So while it is widely known that the GOP's position in Congress is in shambles courtesy of the endless and by now pathetic, flipflopping of one John Boehner, are schisms starting to appear within the Democrats when not even a simple populist vote by the president was unable to pass the Senate?

In the meantime, without a person defending their "civil rights", we fully expect Obama to continue growing the authority of the NSA and promoting even more boundless spying on Americans.

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ebworthen's picture

The Department of what?

NotApplicable's picture

For the record, Officer Daniel Faulkner was murdered by an assassin (which was not Mumia) for being an FBI informant against his own corrupt police force.

monad's picture

Dorner? Dorner? 


johnQpublic's picture

no americans available for this post?

maskone909's picture

His name is tom, and he is your uncle. Uncle tom.

MrTown3's picture

Thank you for actually studying history and not being a dim bulb trying to feign light as most observers on ZH.

MrTown3's picture

An assassin that was later found in a fucking dumpster hand-cuffed for christ's sake.

MrTown3's picture

Just-us white folks. Fixed it for you.

KickIce's picture

Probably makes more sense in an Orwell context.

lordylord's picture

Government and justice don't mix.

Harbanger's picture

How did the Democrats who worked together with the Ku Klux Klan for generations, become the party of "Civil rights"?  KKK grand wizards were honored at past Democratic National Conventions yet there's no mention of it in Academia or the MSM.  Not a single Democrat voted for the 14th Amendment to grant citizenship to slaves.

lordylord's picture

Becuase the dems are handing out a bunch of "free" shit.  Don't you know that Obama promised to pay their mortgage and fill up their gas tanks? 

But on a serious note, real history isn't taught in schools.  Just propoganda.  Lincoln freed the slaves and FDR saved the country from the great depression...what a bunch of bullshit.  Blacks and whites don't know their history.  They probably also don't care to know their history.     

sgorem's picture

so, let me see, we have barack hussein obama, nominating debo adegbile, who defended mumia abu-jamal, for the position of WHAT? and what fucking country did someone say we were in again? i've also decided that it's NOT too early for a 'Putin For President' bumper sticker. wtf

lordylord's picture

I don't care who you are, what your name is, or where you are from.  All I care about is if you love liberty and the Constitution.  However, these assholes are as anti-constitution as you can get.  Putin would probably be a step up from Obummer. 

krispkritter's picture

Color me shocked!

Stoploss's picture

What are "civil rights" ???

Harbanger's picture

Special rights, priveleges and protections for certain

MrTown3's picture

in response to other groups who write pretty words that don't mean shit and intend to treat every other group as a stepping stone to their ego-oriented sense of entitlement.

MrTown3's picture it down because somewhere in that well-documented historical FACT is something to disagree with right? Or maybe I'm wrong and group politics and group economics weren't practiced as a matter of LAW right on up through Jim Crow until 1965...I mean its not like that last school school district was desegregated in 19 fucking 70 right? Lol

MrTown3's picture

Yes. Now how old is this freedom loving, equal opportunity, benevolent to its core country again?

DFCtomm's picture

Tell me who before the West ended slavery, other than Persia? Hell it's still practiced in Africa! You're looking at it the wrong way. Slavery of some type had been, nearly, universal before the West, and you've just been fortune enough to live in a time when humanity as a whole finally pulled it's head out of it's collective ass. Like so many people you just don't realize when you've got it good. You think the good ol U.S.A. invented slavery, but Western culture has finally ended it, and what culture before has done that, other than Cyrus the Great?

MrTown3's picture

Deflection. That wasn't predictable. Nor was not receiving an answer to my question. Thanks. Oh...and I'd have to be a fucking idiot to think the US invented slavery. I am a product Euro-centric public indoctrination after all. At least give me the benefit of the doubt on Western civilization and it stolen history. Slavery continues today. I just want the truth of this country's history and its purposeful failure to not provide equal opportunity or legal remedies to all to be as clear as it was to those who lived under it.

DFCtomm's picture

Stolen history? Come on now, tell us about what was stolen and from who.

MrTown3's picture

Stolen may be too harsh. Told from the "victors' perspective may be more accurate. Like picking up on a game left off after someone else beat the first 5 levels.

DFCtomm's picture

That's not very specific. You seem evasive on the subject. What society did the West piggy back and then deny them their proper place in history.

MrTown3's picture

And I know I have it good my friend. I'm writing this in my office shaking my head at you. 60 years ago I would've had to act like I agreed with you while showing you all of my teeth or suffer the consequnces of your fragile ego.

kilshaw's picture

Totally radical. Dude. 

pods's picture

Good, one less racist in government.

WTF is it with these people?  NAACP?  Voting rights expert?

NAACP has made race pimping a cottage industry.


superflex's picture

If you want to vote in NAACP elections, you have to provide photo ID.


lordylord's picture
“I'll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years." -LBJ
DFCtomm's picture

What's so funny is that most don't blacks don't even realize the roles that were played by Republicans and Democrats during the Civil War era and later the Civil Rights era. I love the look on  their face when you tell them that the GOP practically started the Civil War to stop slavery, and how they, later, supported Civil Rights, and how the Democrats opposed it.

lordylord's picture

I've tried to use historical facts to change the minds of a few democrats and other Statists.  Believe me, it doesn't get you very far. 

forwardho's picture


Negros Are Actually Colored People.

tenpanhandle's picture

Soylent Green is colored people too.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

What about two-tone people:  Pink & Tan?

I object to their discrimination, and try to do my part(ing).

ShrNfr's picture

Anybody for forming the National Association for the Advancement of Caucasian People?? They seem to be discirminated against of late.

lordylord's picture

I hate the word "african american".  I don't call myself "italian american" and my family has only been in the US for a little over 100 years.  On the other hand, I woudn't call blacks "american" either.  They just don't act like it.

ShrNfr's picture

Some like Allen West and Hermain Cain might object to the overly broad characterization. It is the people who are being kept in slavery on Unka Sam's plantation that do not act like it.

pods's picture

We all on the plantation due to the 14th amendment.  And the 16th, and the FED reserve act, etc.


stacking12321's picture

what do americans act like?

lordylord's picture

Hard working and freedom loving VS  lazy and looking for a handout while blaming everyone else.  Can you guess which a real American acts like?  Do you fit either of these desciptions?

stacking12321's picture

americans are hard working and freedom loving?

coulda fooled me!

so how did things get so crappy if that's what americans are really like?

the notions of countries existing are an illusion, they have no basis in reality, a country is where one violent gang calling themselves government claims is their turf and extorts "protection" money from local citizens and shop owners, it's where a dog pisses on a tree to mark what it thinks its territory is, but it has no real basis.



DFCtomm's picture

Then leave for those perfect green shores, of a perfect country filled with perfect men. It seems to be what you demand.

drink or die's picture

Civil rights, like the right to bear arms, and free speech?  Or is civil rights a code word for "making sure white ppl don't get away with shooting black people".

skwid vacuous's picture

Hail to the Queef!

SheepDog-One's picture

No worries, I'm sure this ultra radical lawyer will be ensconsed under the cover of mid nite session anyway.