Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Will Loretta Lynch be affirmed as the new Attorney General?

(Hulse/Apuzzo) As the country knows, Republicans have just taken over control of both chambers of Congress for the first time in eight years. With the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the new Attorney General, replacing current one Eric Holder, many people, including President Obama himself, are waiting to see how the Republicans will react to their first confirmation hearing and whether or not they will be supportive of this moderate democrat or not. In the hearing, Lynch has been asked many heated questions about her views on issues such as the legality of Obama's immigration plan, her views on dealing with domestic terrorism, and how to balance support of the community and the police force in light of events such as those in Ferguson. Lynch will need at least some Republican support to get affirmed but many senators and other officials are confident that she will get affirmed as she is a good choice "on paper" and because of the fact that many believe she is the best choice Obama could have. 

While a new Attorney General, who is the head of the Department of Justice, may not be the biggest of big deals, though it is undoubtedly a very important role, what is important is how Republicans will react to Obama's nomination. Many people in the country and government, including myself, are naturally very afraid that this new Republican held Congress will mean roadblocks at every step and government inefficiency at its finest. History has proven that having the legislative and executive branches controlled by different parties means a lack of compromise, legislation getting passed, and issues being dealt with. Obama has claimed that he intends to work with Congress as much as possible in order to attempt to avoid this, but he has also threatened to veto all sorts of legislation that the Republicans might pass. So what will happen? Well, who knows. I think that Obama, given that it is his last two years of his second term, will be issuing a lot more vetoes than the two we have seen in the past six years. In terms of Loretta Lynch, however, I think that Republicans will support her as not only is she amazingly well spoken and a strong lawyer, she is also much more moderate than the very liberal Holder, and she is the most likely the most moderate nominee that the Republicans will see for Attorney General so, as Mr. Graham the Republican Senator from South Carolina said, "If not her, who?"

1) Do you think the Republicans will affirm Ms. Lynch as the new Attorney General?
2) How well do you think the Republicans in Congress will work with President Obama? 
3) In what ways do you believe either the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in the Executive branch can change their attitude or course of action to make government more efficient for the next two years? 

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