David Barron is a legal scholar from President Obama’s old stomping ground of Harvard University. He is also the guy the President would like to appoint to a federal judgeship. One little problem… David Baron is also the anti-Constitution (specifically anti-5th Amendment) lawyer who authored the memos telling the President that it’s cool to kill Americans overseas with drones without first giving them due process.
Republicans and the ACLU have formed an unlikely alliance against the nomination of Mr. Barron. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) leads the Republican assault on his nomination. “The constitutionality of this policy has been the subject of intense debate in our country since its implementation,” Paul wrote to Senate majority leader Harry Reid.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) stood against Barron’s nomination in committee and is still fighting his appointment to the federal bench. “Republicans are concerned about a host of aspects of his record, which is why Senator Grassley opposed in committee. But, you’d think that any member who truly cares about the Obama administration’s drone policy should want to wait until the administration complies with the court order before they are asked to cast a vote,” Beth Levine, Grassley’s aide, wrote in an email.
Democrats are arguing that Republican obstinacy to the nomination of David Barron is politically motivated and is just another in a long series of Republican stonewalling of the Obama administration. But the reality is much uglier for Democrats. If this were simply a political weapon being wielded by Republicans then it is likely that there would be no support from liberals… but that is just not the case. The ACLU (among other liberal groups) has joined the Republicans in calling on the government to block Baron’s ascent to the federal bench.
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