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Sat Dec 24, 2016, 09:20 AM

Don't fight the wrong battle on Sessions. [View all]

In Trump's horror show of nominees/picks, Sessions is the one who frightens me the most.

Democrats need to aggressively block his nomination using the right tactics.

We're already familiar with his racism, and while important, Jennifer Rubin notes:

Confirmation hearings have two audiences ó the Senate (which must confirm) and members of the base (who want to see that their team is fighting for core beliefs). Highlighting past statements on race may satisfy the latter, but the vast majority of senators will not hold comments from 30 years ago against Sessions. Given how readily the country discounted Donald Trumpís comments from the campaign, there is reason to believe words have limited effect in the confirmation setting. There are, however, a few issues that Democrats might raise that will not only appeal to their base but also rattle Republicans.

Sessions supports civil asset forfeiture ,"a practice that allows law enforcement officers to take property when there is simply a suspected link to criminal activity" , he also wishes to further criminalize harmless recreational drug use, he will do nothing about police brutality and criminal justice reform, he has demonstrated a disregard for first amendment principles throughout his political career and he is in favor of expanding mass surveillance capabilities - he's also anti-encryption.

This is not a man who can be trusted to protect our civil liberties.

We have to hold him to the fire.

Whether you're in a red state or blue, call Senators and demand they block this nomination.

"Sessionsís current positions and intentions to enact extreme anti-immigrant measures that trample on civil liberties are much better targets for those seeking to defeat him. Moreover, it might be educational for Americans to learn just how extreme the new administrationís positions may be."

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