Murthy, an outspoken Obama supporter since before the 2008 election, earned an undergraduate degree at Harvard, an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a medical degree from the
But Murthy's belief that guns, which the
The debate over Murthy comes at a low point for Senate Democrats, who this month failed to confirm Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division because he performed his duties as one of a number of lawyers representing convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal on appeal. Police groups opposed the appointment, and ultimately, so did enough Democratic senators to block it. To reject a nominee for the nation's top civil rights post because he represented an unpopular client and earned the enmity of law enforcement offers a fresh definition of ludicrous.
Now Murthy faces a serious risk of being rejected as surgeon general, apparently because a handful of Democratic senators in pro-gun states fear upsetting the NRA in an election year. During his confirmation hearing last month, Murthy testified that he came to support gun control through "my experience as a physician, seeing patients in emergency rooms who have come in with acute injuries, but also seeing many patients over the years who are dealing with spinal cord injuries,