The liberals are still playing the Willie Horton Card. You know the issue first raised by Al Gore, from Jamelle Bouie, Daily Beast :
[S]even Senate Democrats joined with Republicans to reject Debo Adegbile, Obama’s choice to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division.
There’s no dispute over Adegbile’s qualifications. In addition to working as acting head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, he twice defended the Voting Rights Act before the Supreme Court. What’s more, his nomination was endorsed by the American Bar Association. His problems have little to do with his abilities, and everything to do with the politics of his work.
Well actually there were disputes over Adegbile qualification, or lack thereof same. from Byron York, Washington Examiner :
In written questions, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley asked Adegbile whether he would, if confirmed, “take action to abridge or eliminate an employer’s ability to perform criminal background checks on potential employees.” Adegbile embraced the EEOC position and suggested it would guide his own actions in the Justice Department. “If employers do perform background checks, the EEOC has released guidance on the subject,” he told Grassley.
As the Adegbile nomination nears a vote, the Civil Rights Commission’s Kirsanow has written a letter to the Senate opposing Adegbile not just for his activities on behalf of Abu-Jamal — still the hottest issue in the Adegbile debate — but also for his support of the EEOC on background checks. “Mr. Adegbile’s support for the guidance demonstrates his commitment to an ideological agenda at odds with the law and common sense,” Kirsanow wrote.
I support the right of an employer to hire or not hire a felon, as he alone sees fit. I do not think of it the proper role of the state to strong arm an employer into hiring a convicted felon. Do you?