April 18, 2015

President Obama finally lost patience in public on Friday and ripped the stupid, unprecedented historical delays by the Senate to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

President Barack Obama blasted the Senate Friday for stalling on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, the longest wait for a nominee to lead the Justice Department in three decades.

"Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote, get her confirmed, let her do her job. This is embarrassing," Obama told reporters during a joint White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

"There are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far," the President added. "This is an example of it."

After Harry Reid threatened to force a vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell yanked the human trafficking bill Lynch's nomination is being held hostage for, and began to negotiate.

To which I reply, WTF? Since when is a failure of the Senate majority to do its job cause to negotiate anything? And why in the hell is it harder to deal with American senators than Iranian negotiators.

CNN reports that they are nearing a deal. Forgive me for being cynical about this, because I truly don't believe they know what it means to strike a deal. Republican leaders are some of the most disingenuous, sneaky, lying snakes I've ever seen.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is working behind the scenes to tweak the abortion language in the bill to win enough Democratic support to overcome a filibuster and pave the way for a vote on Lynch, a senior Republican aide told CNN.

Cornyn said on the Senate floor Thursday he is "more optimistic" than he has been in a long time and Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan echoed that view.

"We are involved right now in active negotiations," Stabenow told reporters. "We have presented a wide variety of alternatives. At the moment it looks like there is a serious possibility of coming to agreement. We don't know yet, but there are active discussions going on which is why I'm assuming the vote was delayed."

At issue is Republicans' insistence that the anti-abortion provision banning the use of public funds for abortions remain in the bill, even though it would apply to victims' compensation fund that does not include taxpayer dollars.

And all this time I thought we didn't negotiate with terrorists. Or kidnappers.

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