Thursday, January 15, 2009

Update on Holder Confirmation Hearings

I was able to check in on a couple of the MSM Live Blogs of the Holder confirmation hearings from work today. Granted, reading snippets in that format is not going to give you anything close to depth of detail necessary to get a good feeling for how things are going, but it seems that so far Holder is being given the green flag.

The most recent post from the NYT political blog "The Caucus":

Where to Send Detainees 3:39 p.m.

...Senator Hatch returns to basically lend his endorsement to Mr. Holder’s confirmation: “I look forward to your being confirmed. I hope you will do it in a nonpartisan way.”
Thanks for nothing Senator. I'm sitting here listening to the song "Blue Monday" as I contemplate the continued betrayal by Orin Hatch. The song is appropriate.

The only thing I have found in the NYT and Washington Post live blogs on gun control issues was covered by the NYT:

Gun Rights 10:35 a.m. On the right to bear arms, under the 2nd Amendment, although Mr. Holder said he had sided with those who believed it did not confer an individual right, he pointed out the Supreme Court had ruled that it does in the recent gun law case involving Washington, D.C. “The reality is now the Supreme Court has spoken and that is now the law of the land,” and must be respected, he said.
I do not know if he was challenged on this response or not. I am trying to find video, but have so far been unsuccessful.

I understand that Dr. Stephen P. Halbrook, author of The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms and the Amici Curiae Brief in the Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller, on behalf of 55 members of the Senate, the Senate President, and 250 members of the House of Representatives, will be arguing against the confirmation (.pdf) of Eric Holder. I will post video of his testimony when I can.

One last thought from Put a Hold on Holder's Nomination.

A conservative senator would be a true American hero if he or she would put a hold on -- i.e., threaten to filibuster -- the nomination of Eric Holder to be the next attorney general.
Do we have any heroes left in the Senate?

David has more.

H/T to The Independent Institute for Halbrook to Testify in Hearings on Eric Holder for Attorney General.

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