Yesterday’s Senate vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, was a classic example of why talk among conservatives of forming a third party alternative to the establishment Republican Party will not die.
Not only did the usual jelly-backed Senate Republicans vote to confirm Lynch, they were led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose job is, ostensibly, to be the leader of the conservative opposition to Obama and his lawless progressive agenda.
In moving the Lynch nomination McConnell broke a pre-election promise that no attorney general nominee would be considered in his Senate if that nominee supported Obama’s executive amnesty, something that Lynch testified she supports.
So McConnell’s vote for Lynch was a sort of “go to hell” moment that conservatives should recognize for what it is: Mitch McConnell saying directly to the conservative Republican grassroots and the conservative movement that opposed Lynch that, despite the fact that conservative voters handed back the Senate majority to the Republican Party in 2014 to make him Senate Majority Leader, he not only doesn’t care what they think, he will go out of his way to disrespect them and confound their policy goals.
Lynch, who testified under oath that she would readily carry out policies contrary to the Constitution could have – indeed should have – been stopped by Republicans in the Senate, but she wasn’t.
In fact ten Republicans voted for Lynch, despite a substantial outpouring of conservative opposition from the grassroots of the Republican Party, the conservative blogospere and conservative commentators and opinion writers all of whom argued that Loretta Lynch would be as bad or worse than Eric Holder – heretofore the worst and most political Attorney General in the modern era – and that the Senate was under no obligation to confirm a nominee who said flatly that she would not uphold the Constitution.
The ten Republicans who voted for Lynch are:
Mitch McConnell (Ky.)
Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Thad Cochran (Miss.)
Susan Collins (Maine)
Mark Kirk (Ill.)
Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Ron Johnson (Wis.)
Rob Portman (Ohio)
McConnell, who isn’t up for re-election until 2020 is more or less beyond reach through the ballot box for now, and he knows it, but Ayotte, Kirk, Johnson and Portman are all up for re-election in 2016 and the Lynch vote should force conservatives in New Hampshire, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio to ask, “Why vote for Ayotte, Kirk, Johnson or Portman if we get the same policies we would get if a Democrat held the seat?”
The answer is, of course, that conservatives shouldn’t vote for Ayotte, Kirk, Johnson and Portman; they should find a conservative alternative to run in the Republican Primaries in New Hampshire, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio and then scratch the Senate line on their November ballot if Ayotte, Kirk, Johnson and Portman are on the Republican ticket.
And it isn’t just the Lynch vote, although that was the last straw as far as we are concerned.
In the analysis of our friend Matthew Boyle of Breitbart, Democrats still control the U.S. Senate. Election results last November aside says Boyle, an analysis of all the votes taken since Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took over as Majority Leader shows that, with two minor exceptions, every single vote that has passed the U.S. Senate since the beginning of this Congress in January has passed with at least—usually more than—93 percent of support from Democrats.
“While Republicans have done nothing to create jobs and help the middle class, on other topics like passing clean funding for Homeland Security and confirming Loretta Lynch, Senator McConnell has done the right thing by bringing bills and nominations to the floor that Democrats can support,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman Adam Jentleson told Breitbart News. “Democrats hope this trend will continue.”
Harry Reid’s office should be happy – they are still in charge of the Senate, and the far-left progressive agenda of President Obama is advancing unimpeded by the Senate Republican majority that conservatives worked so hard to elect in 2014.
The Lynch vote demonstrates, conclusively in our mind, that the Republican leadership in the Senate is not merely incompetent, but corrupted and compromised in a way that can only be fixed through the most drastic measures.
It is time for conservatives to understand exactly what Mitch McConnell was telling them by voting for Loretta Lynch and to respond by recruiting principled conservative primary opponents to those who voted for Lynch and if necessary, by refusing to vote for Lynch supporters in the November election.