One widely held theory was offered by the publication the Hill: “Four of the chamber’s most vulnerable GOP incumbents — Sens.
Lynch also got the vote of Sen.
If Lynch's race and her support among African Americans gained her Republican votes, it casts doubt on the idea racism was factor in the Senate's slowness to confirm her. Yet that meme was in wide circulation as the Lynch nomination languished.
In a Huffington Post column headlined "The Loretta Lynch Saga: The True Meaning & Dog Whistles," the Rev. Al Sharpton wrote that "the fact that this highly accomplished black woman had to wait for this vote twice as long as her seven predecessors combined is insulting and inexcusable." The delay proved that, for Republicans, "blacks, women and quote 'others' are expendable."
Talk about dog whistles.
There wasn't a scintilla of evidence that action of Lynch's nomination was held up because of her race. She was rather the victim of color-blind partisan obstructionism tied to Republican outrage over Obama's executive action on immigration and, more recently, a dispute over abortion language in a human-trafficking bill.
Even outgoing Atty. Gen.
If you think white racism is a serious problem, Durbin's casual imputation of racial prejudice to Republicans should have attracted more of an outcry. That it was mostly shrugged off is a testament to the cynicism with which even serious accusations are viewed in the nation's capital.
To borrow Holder's phrase, it's Washington at its worst.