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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:14 AM
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Are Republicans Holding Up an Obama Nominee Because He Criticized the Minutemen?
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Are Republicans Holding Up an Obama Nominee Because He Criticized the Minutemen?

By DAVID WEIGEL Sept. 17, 2009 10:32 AM
On March 13, President Obama nominated Maryland civil rights lawyer Thomas J. Perez for the post of Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of Department of Justice. Six months later, Perez currently Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is being held up by Republican holds. Adam Serwer has the backstory, and has passed on one of the reasons the Republican minority is holding up Perez.

In his questionnaire for the nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, accused Perez of being unduly critical of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, the anti-illegal immigration group. When the Maryland branch of the Minutemen announced plans to monitor day laborer sites, Perez, then a Montgomery County councilman and candidate for state attorney general, bemoaned the long history of xenophobes who oppose immigration.

It seems that you are painting with a very broad brush, wrote Sessions, when you call all those who stand for a lawful system of immigration and immigration enforcement xenophobes.

Sessions succeeded in making Perez walk back his statement; Perez, the son of Dominican immigrants, claimed he was referring to a particular individual who had been soundly defeated in his bid for high office in my community. Indeed, he was: the article cited by Sessions had him responding to Chuck Floyd, a candidate for county executive who claimed he was talking to thousands of people who were angry about day laborer sites. Floyd maintains a blog where he dishes out his current thinking. In his most recent post, he reminisces about the 9/12 march on Washington, reporting how happy he was to see so many legal American citizens rally for the survival of our nation and our democracy. Back in the Sessions questionnaire, Perez was asked to explain why he considered the Minutemen a radical fringe group.

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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:22 AM
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1. So, Sessions is lying about Perez's statement . . .
But who keeps his job, and who gets held up? Sessions said that Perez had called all those who stand for a lawful system of immigration and immigration enforcement "xenophobes." Perez apparently did no such thing - side note to "Jeff" Sessions: Not everyone in favor a lawful system of immigration belongs to the pack of racists who style themselves as "Minutemen." And yet, the writer claims that Perez walked back his statement. Perez, of course, did no such thing. He merely said, again, that he was talking about Chuck Floyd. Another news flash for Jeffy boy: Chuck Floyd doesn't hold the exclusive right to favoring a lawful system of immigration (whatever in hell that locution means).

Sessions, as we all know, is a nitwit. David Weigel, who wrote the story, is similarly dim.
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:39 AM
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2. Golly the GOP is so vigilant about going after those who see racism
in anti-immigration militia groups and courts dominated by privileged white men.

So I'm sure Sessions will want to join the many GOP leaders who are calling out the right wing PR firms that have stimulated fear and hatred in "grass roots groups" this summer to denounce racist slander

and for censuring the Sons of Confederate Veterans member who disrupted the President's speech to the Joint Session of Congress.

:crickets:

:sarcasm:
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:46 AM
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3. I think the minutemen had done enough to themselves to debunk their own brand of bullshit
either those morons are killing people for no reason, staging home invasions, avoiding and defrauding the IRS or caught up in rabid infighting.

just a bunch of ignorant morons out to portray their sad little lives by playing GI JOE.
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