Tillis fears adult supervision

Thom Tillis apparently thinks the world of his fellow North Carolinian Loretta Lynch.

Tillis said: “I have immense respect for Loretta Lynch both personally and professionally."

That immense respect, though, wasn't enough to gain Tillis's support for Lynch's confirmation. No, you see, Lynch indicated that if confirmed, she would actually do her job. And Thom doesn't like the US Attorney General doing his or her job, because part of the AG's job is providing adult supervision to Tillis, who would otherwise run roughshod over citizens.

Tillis added: “By all indications, Ms. Lynch would continue to pursue the costly and frivolous lawsuit against the state of North Carolina to overturn a commonsense and constitutionally sound voter ID law.”

Thom is so afraid of adult supervision that he packed at least 4 lies into one sentence. The US lawsuit against NC is not frivolous. The Voter Suppression law is not commonsense and it's not constitutionally sound. It's also not a Voter ID law; it has 26 horrible other provisions. And the reason it's costly is because Thom & Phil keep defending it.

Did Tillis really believe that Lynch would strike some kind of deal with him to stop the lawsuit in exchange for his affirmative vote for confirmation? Well, knowing Tillis's ethically challenged nature, maybe he did. But that's some pretty twisted thinking.

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More adult supervision from G.K. Butterfield

One of the other adults in the room, the esteemed G.K. Butterfield, gave Thom some firm correction:

Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat from North Carolina, released a statement in response to Tillis’ vote.

“Sen. Tillis had an opportunity today to be on the right side of history in supporting the nomination of Ms. Lynch, who would be the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General,” Butterfield said. “It is disturbing that Sen. Tillis is beginning his tenure in the Senate by casting such a misguided and politically calculated vote. However, I’m confident that the full Senate will confirm Loretta Lynch, a daughter of North Carolina, as the next Attorney General of the United States.”

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

The long claws of racism

I knew a consultant once who rose to the top by being ruthless. He self-destructed in only a couple of years, pushed aside by his partners.

Tillis is that kind of person. Ruthless and political.

But even I'm surprised by his vote on Lynch's nomination. It's hard to see it as anything besides insidious racism.