The Corner

Politics & Policy

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch with Ten GOP Votes

The Senate voted 56–43 today to confirm Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for attorney general. NR’s editors and a number of conservative groups had urged Republicans to vote against her confirmation, on the grounds that she’d promised to implement Obama’s granting of temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. (Conservatives didn’t have problems with Lynch per se.)

In the end, ten Republicans voted for Lynch:

Mitch McConnell (Ky.)

Orrin Hatch (Utah)

Lindsey Graham (S.C.)

Jeff Flake (Ariz.)

Thad Cochran (Miss.)

Susan Collins (Maine)

Mark Kirk (Ill.)

Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)

Ron Johnson (Wis.)

Rob Portman (Ohio)

For whatever reason, Ted Cruz is the only senator who didn’t cast a vote on her final confirmation. He’d openly opposed bringing her up for a vote, as had a few other senators — including fellow 2016 contenders Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

Andy McCarthy made the case against confirming Lynch here; Rich did so here.

Patrick Brennan was a senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration and is former opinion editor of National Review Online.


The Latest

Colin Powell, R.I.P.

Colin Powell, R.I.P.

We had substantial disagreements but recognize that he will be remembered for a long, consequential career of service to a country that he loved.