Sessions Attacks Civil Rights Groups, This Time The PRLDF

Two decades ago, it was the NAACP. Today it is the PRDLF. Here is the video of Sessions admitting he did so from 23 years ago:

This morning, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-AL), attacked Judge Sonia Sotomayopr for being on the Board of Director of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense amd Education Fund. As Ian Millheiser noted, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has a long history of opposing civil rights and groups that advocate for civil rights:

As a federal prosecutor, Sessions conducted a tenuous criminal investigation into voting rights advocates that registered African-Americans to vote -- an investigation that culminated in an unsuccessful prosecution against a former aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He once quipped that he "used to think [the KKK] were OK" until he found out some of them were "pot smokers;" and he routinely referred to an African-American attorney who worked for him as "boy" -- even once warning that attorney to "be careful what you say to white folks" after Sessions overheard him chastising a white secretary.

Moreover, Sessions remains unrepentant for these incidents, although he did reluctantly concede at his confirmation hearing that it "probably was wrong" when he attacked the NAACP as an "un-American" and "Communist-inspired" organizations that "forced civil rights down the throats of people." [See video above]]

Sessions' assault on Sotomayor and PRLDEF has largely been met with skepticism -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for example, commented that "[o]nly in Washington could someone's many years of volunteer service to a highly regarded nonprofit organization that has done so much good for so many be twisted into a negative" -- and its puzzling that conservatives permitted Sessions to be the public face of their opposition to the first Latina nominated to the Supreme Court. Sessions' anti-PRLDEF campaign is not only baseless; it is reminiscent of his decades-old comments about the NAACP that kept him off the federal bench years ago.

(Emphasis supplied.) Speaking for me only

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    I wish someone would laugh at him (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Dadler on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:15:20 AM EST
    Another Senator, an aide, someone in the audience, just someone to start laughing at him in a fashion that builds to an uncontrollable din.  Because he certainly is a joke.  Funny, tho, only in the most disturbing and absurd way.

    Too bad you and I aren't there (none / 0) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:17:17 AM EST
    We would....until we got thrown out.

    Sotomayor came precariously (none / 0) (#17)
    by gyrfalcon on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 01:03:49 PM EST
    close to doing just that.

    What did he say this morning? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Steve M on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 09:50:04 AM EST
    I realize there's no transcript yet, but I'm curious about the gist.

    Same stufff (none / 0) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 09:52:19 AM EST
    that has been in his press releases.

    Feinstein was good in rebuttal imo.


    Thank you BTD (none / 0) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 09:58:48 AM EST
    Now I can watch before I work :)

    And you know (none / 0) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:08:12 AM EST
    All this civil rights stuff is discriminating against the Southern Man.  "You guys" are literally invading him these days :)  Fort Rucker now has a Spanish speaking only airtower!  It's very bizarre, but I've never seen such racists literally begging to hire such illegal agri workers like they do around here either :)  I live in bizarreville.  I try to breathe Yankee oxygen via the intertubes.  It's such a dilemma though, because if you build it (the wall) they might not come :)

    Feingold (none / 0) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:02:10 AM EST
    asks the question a progressive is supposed to ask about Executive Power.

    Though he's wrong, wrong, wrong (none / 0) (#5)
    by andgarden on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:03:33 AM EST
    about the 2nd Amendment. I think that's a lost battle, though.

    This stuff is unbelievable (none / 0) (#9)
    by CST on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:17:30 AM EST
    There is nothing quite like listening to Republicans to remind me why I vote Dem.

    Lindsey Graham (none / 0) (#10)
    by jbindc on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:24:19 AM EST
    Now whining about Miguel Estrada and how Dems wouldn't vote for a poor Honduran immigrant.

    He's the other southern Republican on the panel (none / 0) (#11)
    by andgarden on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:25:19 AM EST
    That's my senator... (none / 0) (#12)
    by indy in sc on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:50:46 AM EST
    ...I say with a note of sadness.  The funny thing is that the ultra-conservative folks here call him Lindsey Grahamnesty because they think he is too pro-immigration reform.  

    I thought you were going to say something else. . (none / 0) (#14)
    by andgarden on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:53:04 AM EST
    Yes (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:56:56 AM EST
    a noted bachelor.

    You guys are baaaaad. (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 11:59:03 AM EST
    Manuel Real? (none / 0) (#13)
    by oculus on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 10:52:54 AM EST