“Thomas Perez was confirmed as head of Justice’s Civil Rights Division by a 72-22 vote. This is a shabby showing by Senate Republicans, lifting a hold, refusing to force a cloture vote, and then voting overwhelmingly to confirm him,” Jennifer Rubin writes in a blog at www.commentarymagazine.com.
“As detailed here, Perez holds extreme views of civil rights law and has long advocated racial quotas even for jobs for which merit should be the sole criterion (e.g., doctors, firefighters). Moreover, this was perhaps the only leverage Republicans had to extract cooperation from the Justice Department with efforts by members of Congress and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission to investigate the dismissal of the New Black Panther Party case,” the writer said.
“Keep your eye out now for potential personnel changes now that Perez has his ticket to the Justice Department. Observers with knowledge of the Civil Rights Division explain that once Perez is confirmed, the Obama team may look to replace Christopher Coates, the Voting Section chief, who has been, as one informed attorney describes him, ‘the Department’s chief champion for applying federal civil rights laws in a racially fair and neutral fashion.’ The attorney explains that Coates ‘oversaw the New Black Panther case and was an aggressive advocate for pursuing a complete remedy against all defendants.’
“If Coates is removed, it will be a clear statement about the Obama administration’s efforts to remake civil-rights enforcement and adopt the Left’s view that the laws only run in one direction — against white perpetrators. Keep in mind also that, once Perez is sworn in, there is a 120-day cooling-off period that freezes personnel shifts at the section level. However, before Perez is sworn in, all bets are off. Stay tuned.”