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July 31, 2013 - 5:33 pm

The Senate confirmed controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives nominee B. Todd Jones on a nearly party-line vote today, with Democratic leaders making Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) fly back from her home state to move forward President Obama’s pick.

Heitkamp’s vote was added to Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) to reach the 60 needed to end debate.

Jones was then confirmed 53-42. Kirk was the only Republican to vote in favor.

“For nearly seven years, Senate Republicans had refused to confirm an ATF director – not because they thought the nominees weren’t qualified, but because they put politics ahead of the agency’s law enforcement mission,” Obama complained in a statement after the vote.

“I applaud Senator Reid, Senator Leahy, Senator Klobuchar, and the bipartisan group of senators who broke through that gridlock to give Todd Jones the up or down vote he deserved. But while Todd’s confirmation will help ATF apply the tools it needs to protect our communities from dangerous criminals and reduce gun violence, we can’t stop there,” the president continued in a segue to gun control. “I will continue to stand with the majority of Americans who support common-sense reforms to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals. And I will continue to do everything in my power to keep our children and our communities safe.”

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who voted for Jones, said “when it comes to protecting our basic Second Amendment rights, I don’t agree with many members of my own party but today’s vote shows there are issues we can come together on in a bipartisan way to keep our communities safe.”

“There have been too many grave violations that have ended in tragic situations, including the Connecticut gun dealer who sold the gun used in the Newtown massacre and had committed over 500 violations before losing its license,” Begich said. “I expect Mr. Jones to keep our children and families safe while respecting Second Amendment rights.”

But Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the confirmation of the man named interim director after the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal is a stain on the administration.

“What could have been an opportunity for the President to bring competent leadership to a department wrought with mismanagement is instead a signal from the top that reckless behavior is not only permissible in his administration, but rewarded,” Cornyn said.

“Mr. Jones’ nomination is an insult to the memory and families of those who fell victim to the botched Fast and Furious program. While I’m deeply disappointed this nomination is going forward, I will continue to push for answers for these families and hold this Administration accountable.”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) noted after Jones’ nomination that the U.S. attorney hasn’t held key personnel accountable for Operation Fast and Furious and never publicly defended the whistleblowers in the scandal who faced retaliation for their actions.

Jones even taped a video for ATF employees to discourage whistleblowing, gave special treatment to a supervisor cited for negligence in Fast and Furious, and hasn’t been willing to engage with Congress in the Fast and Furious investigation, Issa said.

“Jones was first brought into the job of ATF Acting Director in the middle of the Fast and Furious scandal after Justice Department officials had falsely denied reckless conduct and allegations by his predecessor that there was an effort underway to shield the Department’s senior political appointees from the scandal,” he said. “Because of the numerous ATF mistakes during his tenure as Acting Director pertaining to Fast and Furious, his nomination is a slap in the face to the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Mexican citizens whose murder has been linked to Fast and Furious weapons, and ATF whistleblowers whom he failed to support.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The real reason for fast and furious was to arm the drug gangs along the Mexican border to create a "crisis" that Obama could use as an excuse to implement broad gun control.
Jones is being rewarded for his handling the cover up.
Why the rinos are allowing this to happen is real mystery to me. What do they think that they are gaining? The media is still going to crucify them during the next elections. You'd think that McCain would realize that after what his "friends" in the media did to him and Pallin during his presidential campaign.
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The people that thought there was any respectability in the government are the problem. This godforsaken habit of describing the most outrageous behavior in the mildest, least energizing language is just a sign of the fundamental cowardice I see in the GOP. We accept the premise describe by liberals. We tailor our reaction to suit liberals. We minimize every insult so we aren't called names. If this is the best the voters in this party can do I support it's destruction and the revolution we deserve.

GOP voters are much happier to lose in the same old way for decades than to earn a harsh editorial from some commielib newspaper. Men died on beaches trying to bring liberty to others. Our generation won't lift a finger to restrict funding for evil. Burn baby burn, we deserve it.
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Red State is reporting that McCain was actively arm twisting to get votes in support of this clown...and got Murkowski (among others) to flip her vote. Damn, with republicans like him, we don't need any democrats.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Fast and furious was an ill-conceived attempt to copy a Bush program but it needed to be drastically deformed to push the quantity of weapons into Mexico by any means necessary. These weapons were not tracked these weapons were meant to create havoc and chaos for the southern states bordering Mexico.. Obama and Holder forgot about their little scheme to turn Americans against the second amendment until a border agent Mr. Terry was murdered that put a halt to their program and in order to silence the critics that Congress and the Terry family executive privilege was used and there is only one reason why of privilege like that needed to be used.
1 year ago
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The real reason for fast and furious was to arm the drug gangs along the Mexican border to create a "crisis" that Obama could use as an excuse to implement broad gun control.
Jones is being rewarded for his handling the cover up.
Why the rinos are allowing this to happen is real mystery to me. What do they think that they are gaining? The media is still going to crucify them during the next elections. You'd think that McCain would realize that after what his "friends" in the media did to him and Pallin during his presidential campaign.
1 year ago
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Think Zimbabwe as model for the Obama Administratioin.

Look on and admire the "progressive" results in this erstwhile Garden of Africa when British Colony Rhodesia - boo hiss - and the methods of "payback" from the "leaders" under the yoke of their Robert Mugabe.

NOW FINALLY in isolated even leftish quarters at the eve of his inevitable demise getting the attention he deserves. AS IF none of the present critics had any inkling of what he and his troupes wrought on that benighted country and people.

Leaders "elected in free and fair elections". Overseen to its verity by the "International Community". ALL very Progressive?
1 year ago
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If only all the "gun control" laws were repealed, and little old ladies could once again buy and carry "Saturday night specials" in their purses, Big Brother wouldn't have to worry about "keeping guns out of the hands of criminals", the pistol packin' citizens would have a severe dampening effect on gun crimes. Murderous and crazy people trying a mass murder would be dead at the first or second shot, fired by nearby armed citizens. But of course, letting the common people be armed is anathema to the Left and to liberal loonies. Disarming the populace is a necessary prerequisite to taking the government "in a new direction" that is against the known wishes of the people. When nobody but criminals, cops and the military is armed, the government can pretty much do what it wants to the people it governs, at gunpoint.
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There is of course that question that just will not go awsy.

Are ANY gun control laws legal in ANY State or place in the Constitutional Republic of the USA. With FUNDAMENTAL Law, its Constitution with a Bill of Rights?

What does that Bill of Rights say about gun control. Second Amendment: " ... the Right of the people to Keep and Bear Arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" (emphasis added).

Forthright prohibition in the Fundamental Law to any gun control in law witin these United States of America..
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The people that thought there was any respectability in the government are the problem. This godforsaken habit of describing the most outrageous behavior in the mildest, least energizing language is just a sign of the fundamental cowardice I see in the GOP. We accept the premise describe by liberals. We tailor our reaction to suit liberals. We minimize every insult so we aren't called names. If this is the best the voters in this party can do I support it's destruction and the revolution we deserve.

GOP voters are much happier to lose in the same old way for decades than to earn a harsh editorial from some commielib newspaper. Men died on beaches trying to bring liberty to others. Our generation won't lift a finger to restrict funding for evil. Burn baby burn, we deserve it.
1 year ago
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The voters in AZ and SC ought to be deported. There elected traitors didn't just recently flip and begin doing bad things, but no matter what these scum do voters reelect McCain and Grahamnesty. McCain and Ghramnesty are both Manchurian Senators and the voters of their states are complicit in their treason. It's no longer acceptable to sell the rest of the nation into destruction because some JAG weenie or some serial aircraft destroyer funded a playground in your state. Pathetic, everybody involved in this is just pathetic.
1 year ago
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Red State is reporting that McCain was actively arm twisting to get votes in support of this clown...and got Murkowski (among others) to flip her vote. Damn, with republicans like him, we don't need any democrats.

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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The defeatist "republicans" cave again and allow such travesties to occur...Murkowski, Collins, McCain, Graham and Ayotte will deceitfully claim that "we voted against the guy" but by going along with the vote to end debate, they knowingly guaranteed his confirmation via party line vote. Business as usual....add Kirk and there are six that need to go find another job. How many of this group are up in 2014?

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Unfortunately, I think it's just Goober Graham.
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Senator Cornyn, Obama isn't rewarding "reckless behavior" with the Todd Jones appointment: he's rewarding loyalty and a closed mouth.

That's quite a different thing. Not that it's unusual - it's the way Obama does business. The Chicago way.
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In the 1990's Pat Robertson wrote a book called "End of the Age" which was about the End Times. In that book, the US president of the time placed at the heads of various government agencies people who were corrupt and hated what the agency was supposed to be doing. We seem to be fairly close to that now. The EPA is crushing industry and farms, the IRS is a hammer against Obama's enemies, and now this guy.

Whatever Roberson says, this certainly only knocks out another chunk of what little respectability government had.
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