Jeff Sessions

Al Franken triples down on stupid

Featured image I’m not enough of an elitist to believe that only Senators with legal training should serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, the ability to engage competently in legal reasoning ought to be a prerequisite. In his work on the Judiciary Committee, Al Franken has failed to display this ability. Indeed, he shows a lack of competence in basic logic that, in a better world, would disqualify him from the »

Elizabeth Warren rebuked, barred from speaking to Senate about Sessions

Featured image Sen. Elizabeth Warren, trying to stake her claim as the left’s darling for purposes of the 2020 presidential race, was delivering a rant against her colleague, Sen. Jeff Sessions. Warren asserted that “to put Senator Sessions in charge of the Department of Justice is an insult to African-Americans.” To support this claim, roundly disputed by African-Americans who know Jeff Sessions, Warren resorted to quotes from 1986 when the Senate did »

Al Franken’s rambling, intellectually dishonest diatribe [With Comment by John]

Featured image During Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, I wrote. the following about his exchange with Sen. Al Franken: Franken tried to show that Sessions [in answering a Senate questionnaire] “misrepresented” his role by listing several big civil rights cases as among the most important cases he participated in. Franken’s point was that, although Sessions signed the complaint, he hadn’t really participated. Franken relied mainly on Gerry Hebert, lead counsel in most »

What’s law got to do with it?

Featured image Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have announced their opposition to the confirmation of Senator Sessions as Attorney General of the United States. What’s happening here? Klobuchar aspires to become a player of national importance in the Democratic Party. She has published the obligatory memoir to advance her case. She isn’t about to offend the lunatic left in her party by supporting Sessions. In search of a rationale on »

Tom Cotton calls out Cory Booker

Featured image Scott has written about Sen. Cory Booker’s vacuous testimony against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general. Booker broke with Senate tradition, becoming, it is said, the first U.S. Senator to testify against the nomination of a colleague. Why did Booker do it? I believe he did it to establish his place as a possible contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. Before Booker testified, Sen. Tom Cotton had »

Where was T-Bone?

Featured image Senator Cory Booker had absolutely nothing to contribute to the case against Senator Jeff Sessions’s confirmation as Attorney General except his breach of Senate tradition and the color of his skin. His case against Senator Sessions came wrapped in transparent self-aggrandizement. It proved precisely one thing: the utter shamelessness of Booker’s ambition. Reps. John Lewis and Cedric Richmond made equally vacuous contributions, though in Richmond’s case with a supercilious racial »

Sessions Sailed Through, But Does It Matter?

Featured image As Paul reported earlier, Jeff Sessions waltzed through his confirmation hearing today. The Democrats’ questioning was desultory, and none of the Democratic Senators laid a glove on the nominee. Only the inept Al Franken even tried. As Byron York put it, the anticipated “showdown fizzle[d].” But perhaps the Democrats had the last laugh. All they had to do was send their talking points to the television networks, and they got »

Sen. Sessions is breezing through his confirmation hearing [Updated]

Featured image The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing today. The committee went at it for three hours and is now taking a lunch break. No one has yet laid a glove on the Alabama Senator. Only Al Franken went after him hard. The ex-comedian succeeded mainly in beclowning himself. The hearings were interrupted several times by the screams of protesters. Their screeching only served to underscore the calm, »

Congressional Dems under attack for not hiring minorities

Featured image Earlier this month, a CNN contributor dismissed an African-American who served as a top aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions as, in effect, a token. The former Sessions aide, William Smith, was debating Angela Rye, a strong critic of Sessions’ record on civil rights. Rye told Smith: “Because you are the one black guy that he hired on the committee doesn’t make him a civil rights leader.” Perhaps realizing what she »

Another leading Alabama Democrat endorses Jeff Sessions

Featured image Sue Bell Cobb, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has endorsed Sen. Jeff Sessions in a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Montgomery Advertiser describes Cobb as “one of Alabama’s most prominent Democrats.” She served on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals before being elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2006. She resigned in 2011. Describing her relations with Sessions when »

Son of civil rights leader prosecuted by Sessions endorses the Senator

Featured image In a piece called “Washington Post unwittingly destroys the ‘Sessions is a racist’ slander,” I reviewed the evidence set forth in an article that supports the slander and the evidence that undercuts it. The undercutting evidence is overwhelming. It includes, but is hardly limited to, the testimony of African-Americans, including several from Alabama, who have known and/or worked with Sessions over the years. Evidence on the other side of the »

Freakout in Alabama

Featured image Left-wingers associated with the NAACP are occupying the Mobile, Alabama office of Senator Jeff Sessions to protest Sessions’ nomination as attorney general. The protesters, apparently a dozen or so in number, say they will continue their sit-in until Sessions withdraws as a nominee for attorney general or they are arrested. As usual, the left is breaking new ground in incivility. I can’t recall this tactic ever being used against a »

Washington Post unwittingly destroys the “Sessions is a racist” slander

Featured image The Washington Post devotes a lengthy article to the question of whether Jeff Sessions is a racist — a question it calls “inescapable” (headline in paper edition). But the Post’s reporting, by Ellen Nakashima and Sari Horwitz, demonstrates that, “inescapable” or not, the question has an obvious answer. No reasonable person could read the article without concluding that Sessions is not a racist. The Post presents the following evidence that »

Another baseless attack on Jeff Sessions

Featured image The left has relentlessly attacked Sen. Jeff Sessions as a racist. Sessions’ Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle know the charge to be false, and African-Americans from his home state who know the Senator have refuted it. Because the racism slander won’t fly, we’re now being told that Sessions is anti-LGBT. In support of this charge, critics cite what CNN calls “a public campaign as Alabama attorney general »

Joe Biden: Growing “out of of office”

Featured image Technically, Joe Biden isn’t out of office yet. But as a lame duck vice president, he might as well be. With his political career at an end, Talkin’ Joe is finally talkin’ sense. Today, Biden indicated that he’s probably okay with Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. He did so during an interview with Jake Tapper. After boasting about leading the fight not to confirm Sessions as a federal judge »

The down home truth about Jeff Sessions

Featured image Attempts to portray Senator Jeff Sessions as a racist continue to run into this problem — African-Americans who know him well aren’t buying in. I wrote here about Donald Watkins, a Black attorney who attended law school with Sessions in the early 1970s. Watkins says that his interactions with Sessions back then, and throughout the years since, have convinced him that the Senator is a good man. “Jeff was a »

Dems’ smear campaign against Sessions likely to backfire

Featured image It has become clear that, at least until Donald Trump nominates a Supreme Court Justice (and quite possibly beyond that point), congressional Democrats intend to make opposition to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General the centerpiece of their early resistance to the new president. The talking point you will hear and read about the most is alleged racism by Sen. Sessions. However, the true reasons for the opposition are »