The delay over a confirmation vote on the new U.S. attorney general is beginning to confound me.
Loretta Lynch is an eminently qualified U.S. attorney from New York. She was nominated by President Obama to succeed Eric Holder at the Justice Department. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 to recommend her confirmation, with three Republicans joining all nine Democrats on the panel to approve her confirmation.
But the full Senate has yet to schedule a confirmation vote.
All 45 Senate Democrats signed a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking him to schedule a vote so that Lynch presumably can get started on her new job.
The confounding part is the consequence of the delay.
Eric Holder remains on the job. It’s not that I think he’s done a poor job as attorney general. Senate Republicans cannot stand the guy. He’s angered them time and again over policy disagreements. The GOP caucus doesn’t want him on the job any longer.
So, why not schedule a vote for Lynch — who still enjoys some Republican support — so she can replace the despised Eric Holder?
Is it because getting Holder out of office robs Republicans of a target at whom they can take potshots?
Hey, I’m just askin’.
Schedule a Senate vote, Mr. Majority Leader.