Confirming InjusticeMay 22, 2014
The U.S. Senate today confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of David Barron to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Barron's nomination rightly sparked controversy since he authored a secret memo while working for the Obama administration that justified using a drone strike to kill a U.S. citizen (despite constitutional protections to the contrary). Sadly, the vote basically went down party lines as only two Democrats - Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - were willing to challenge their leader. If Barron had been nominated by a Republican president, most senators likely would have flipped votes from today. Yet, there are several Democrats who had been strong voices against the constitutional abuses of President George W. Bush (especially on issues of torture and Guantanamo) who sold out their moral credibility with their Barron vote by going along with the party mandate.
|Senator Rand Paul at 2012 Iowa Straw Poll event|