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Republicans are rolling out quite the campaign against Thomas Perez, President Obama's nominee for labor secretary. In the Senate, where they actually vote on nominations, Republicans delayed a committee hearing set for last week; today, miracle of miracles, Perez got a committee vote and his nomination is headed to the full Senate. Meanwhile, in the House, which doesn't even vote on nominations, Republicans took the opportunity of Wednesday's Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder to blast Perez repeatedly.

Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte lashed into Perez in his opening statement, claiming that "investigators from this committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee have uncovered conclusive evidence that Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez against the strong recommendations of career attorneys struck a secret deal with the city of Saint Paul in order to block the Supreme Court." This is a funny claim since Perez actually consulted with everyone and their mother on that case, and the senior career attorney with the most expertise on the subject had participated in overruling the lower-level career attorneys whose recommendations Goodlatte refers to. (Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler made this point later in the hearing.)

Then Rep. Darrell Issa got going on the same subject, in typical Issa fashion:

Mislead, mischaracterize, mislead some more, attack. By framing his questions in a way that did not allow for a simple yes or no answer—at least not a truthful yes or no—Issa worked to make Holder look evasive for attempting to answer truthfully. But amidst all of Issa's "OMG the case didn't go to the Supreme Court," Holder had this to say:
We do not become involved in qui tam cases 80 percent of the time.
But, you know, SCANDAL. Anything to make an Obama nominee—and not just any Obama nominee, but one tasked with guarding the rights of working people—seem scary. Republicans might want to watch themselves, though, because other people are:
“The Hispanic community is watching this closely, and it will be noted if there is an effort to block Tom’s nomination,” said National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia. “It’s just not helpful for Republicans to be seen as taking down what is seen as a qualified candidate.”
Yeah, well, Republicans do a lot of things that aren't helpful. To their image with Latino voters or to the country. But their base loves it.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu May 16, 2013 at 07:28 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Shorter Issa to the Hispanic community: (0+ / 0-)

    Soy un perdedor.

    I'd have to think the the Hispanic community would answer: Sí usted es un perdedor.  Nos vemos en 2014.

    Someone once asked me why do you always insist on taking the hard road? and I replied why do you assume I see two roads?

    by funluvn1 on Thu May 16, 2013 at 07:40:19 AM PDT

  •  Issa (1+ / 0-)
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    MyMy

    I read the New Yorker article on Darrell Issa a few years ago but, at that time, it wasn't clear that his staff is infiltrated with a strong cadre of Muslim (or is it muslin, never sure the correct spelling) Brotherhood agents.

    In fact, Issa himself is an Arab economic terrorist.

    Michelle Bachman should be investigating him post-haste.

    SNARK SNARK SNARK

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

    by voicemail on Thu May 16, 2013 at 10:59:01 AM PDT

  •  "Republicans do a lot of things... (1+ / 0-)
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    cocinero

    ...that aren't helpful".

    The understatement of the day, one would think.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Thu May 16, 2013 at 11:05:07 AM PDT

  •  Long feature article on Perez (1+ / 0-)
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    MyMy

    In the Brown Alumni Magazine (he's Brown class of 1983) is here.

    A terrific biographical sketch.

  •  Louis Gohmert blasts aspersions on his asparagus (3+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, citizenx, helpImdrowning

    Meanwhile, Holder also had to put Rep. Louis "Terror Babies" Gohmert (R-Mensa) in his place, and poor Louis did not take it well.

    Gohmert insisted that the FBI had failed to identify Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaeve as a potential terrorist due to "political correctness."  In Mr. Gohmert's fevered imagination, the FBI was so reluctant to offend the Islamofascist community, that they ignored a terrorist threat.

    Holder explained that Gohmert is an idiot.  Well, not really. He explained that Gohmert cannot possibly know what the FBI did or did not do in that investigation, and that his assertions are so much hot air.

    Gohmert lost it at that point, and although his time had run out, insisted on a "point of personal privilege" to continue arguing with Holder. He ended the tirade by accusing the attorney general of casting "aspersions on my asparagus."

    We pick it up in mid-froth:

    Gohmert won reelection last time with 71 percent of the vote.

    Seventy-one percent.

  •  A chronic, worsening case of Swiss foot disease. (0+ / 0-)

    How many more holes until it abates?

  •  Filibustering Perez will be driving (1+ / 0-)
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    cocinero

    another nail into the Republican coffin. Their base may like it, but their base is what is dragging the party down. After the Republican posturing on Immigration Reform, they don't need to alienate Hispanic voters any further.

    Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

    by OIL GUY on Thu May 16, 2013 at 11:26:09 AM PDT

  •  Smokescreen for the GOP capitulations (1+ / 0-)
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    cocinero

    The GOP is blowing this scandal smoke around with no fire as a screen for its having to eat legislative crow. Look at the things the Senate has managed to get done while this stupid set of nothing burgers has drawn public attention.

    At the same time, I'm seriously beginning to wonder if Obama didn't want the IRS 'tea party' scrutiny to come out, because he can now seize the moment to get maximal change to the really odious 501(c)(4) perversion of the law's original intent changed, and surely with bipartisan support for that change.

    Likewise, it's funny that the AP 'scandal' so-called, perfectly legal under the Patriot Act, is also a great excuse for Obama to revisit the shield law he co-sponsored as a Senator that was filibustered by the GOP.

  •  all i can say (2+ / 0-)
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    manyamile, helpImdrowning

    is the gop's base is base.

  •  abyssmal dark farce, these hearings. (1+ / 0-)
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    helpImdrowning

    also in the farce category: Issa, the GOP, the GOP led Congress, Fox news and it's imitators , the MSM fake journalists.

    in the category of 'lost all patience' put the majority of we the people.

    I've never seen so many idiots ready to jump into an orchestrated mele, at the behest of their rich guy overlords: them for profit , the idiots out of  revenge lust , hate and thickheaded instincts to follow the bully , wherever the bully bloviates them to go.

    holder has shortcomings and problems, but
    Issa is one of the figureheads of crap.

    we really have to fight back. the dems in the house need to fight back and all of out here need to as well. these creeps are making a mockery of governance and we are the collateral damage.

    •  I love this: (1+ / 0-)
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      manyamile

      "Issa is one of the figureheads of crap". Although, I think it is far too kind to Issa.

      "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy -7.8., -6.6

      by helpImdrowning on Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:52:43 PM PDT

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