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Liberals in the Senate need to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (C, 78%) as President Donald Trump’s attorney general on Inauguration Day.

Senate Democrats have argued for years that the filibuster is unconstitutional on nominations, yet they now want to stall Sessions and several other Trump nominees. I disagree with the idea that the filibuster is unconstitutional but believe that Democrats should be held to their own standard.

Dems who supported so-called “filibuster reform” and “the nuclear option” should confirm Sessions to be consistent with their rhetoric of 2015-6. They cried about Republican obstructionism for the past two years; now they are going to practice a form of filibustering to frustrate the Trump agenda.

The most despicable aspect of the effort to defeat the Sessions nomination is the smear campaign where many on the Left have dusted off 30-year-old debunked allegations to paint Sessions as a racist. Liberal democrat activists are truly deplorable.

I wrote a piece over at Townhall, arguing that the Sessions I know is a man with a good heart and a strong moral compass.

My first job out of law school on Capitol Hill was as a counsel for Senator Bob Smith (R-NH) working on the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1999. When I was there, I had the honor of seeing the work of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), as well as the work of former Attorney General John Ashcroft and Vice President Joe Biden.

I had deep respect for Sen. Jeff Sessions back then and continue to have a deep respect for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next Attorney General now.

I know Sessions to be a good man. I have worked closely with his staff, and I have met with him on several occasions. Any allegation that Sessions is anything but a consummate professional who is the right pick for the job at Justice is off base.

I know that hypocrisy is in abundance in Washington, D.C., yet Democrats’ abrupt about-face on the idea of the filibuster and delay of nominations is breathtaking. I am a firm believer that the filibuster is sacrosanct and should be available for both parties to slow down nominations and legislation. Yet Senate Democrats have been on the record for years arguing the opposite.

In late August, when polling indicated a Trump loss and Democrats would rule the Senate, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid floated an idea to abolish the filibuster on all nominations and legislation according to The New York Times:

Senator Harry Reid says Democrats should move to curtail the filibuster if they win the White House and Senate in November only to run up against persistent use of the tactic by Republicans.

“Unless after this election there is a dramatic change to go back to the way it used to be, the Senate will have to evolve as it has in the past,” Mr. Reid told me, referring to a former tradition of rarely mounting filibusters. “But it will evolve with a majority vote determining stuff. It is going to happen.”

Well, the Democrats are now against the idea of “a majority vote determining stuff.” And new Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. (F, 2%) will be leading the charge to filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and to extend debate on Trump’s Cabinet picks.

Schumer has already promised obstruction on the repeal and replace of Obamacare. Expect Schumer, who voted to abolish the filibuster on Cabinet picks (and now regrets that vote) to do everything in his power to paint Sessions as racially insensitive in an effort to force Trump to withdraw the nomination.

The Senate should quickly confirm Sessions and not engage in a character assassination of Sessions as a means to weaken the Trump presidency.

The Left has zero evidence that Sessions is a racist. It cannot point to anything in Sessions’ 20-year Senate career, nor can it explain how debunked allegations from years ago are even relevant today. Rick Lowry wrote a great piece at National Review debunking the tired, old allegations used to tarnish Sessions’ record of service as a lawyer in Alabama.

Nate Madden reports that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (D, 66%) may aid the Left by allowing a special panel to air the bogus claims that Sessions has problems with racial issues. Madden writes:

After promising not to allow the process to become a political circus, a potential special panel with Grassley’s blessing would indeed become a side show.

Madden’s concerns are well-founded, and Grassley should avoid any hook that will allow the Left to further smear Sessions.

When Democrats make believe they need more information for confirmation hearings and to study the allegations of racism that will bely the fact that, of all of Trump’s Cabinet nominees, Sessions is the nominee who the Senate knows best. They don’t need any more information to confirm the guy and they know he is a good man.

The bottom line is that Sessions is a conservative, and President-elect Trump has chosen him to be attorney general. Liberals in the Senate should understand that “elections have consequences,” and they need to move on to fights they can win.

The Senate should quickly confirm Sessions and not engage in a character assassination of Sessions as a means to weaken the Trump presidency.



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Brian Darling is a former staffer for Sen. Rand Paul. Follow him on Twitter @BrianHDarling.

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