Lamar Alexander (RINO-TN)
Last year, Lamar Alexander ran for reelection to the United States Senate. He was first elected to the Senate in 2002, defeating Ed Bryant, an outstanding conservative. He ran for reelection last year. His opponent, Bob Tuke, can best be described as a sacrificial lamb. He went out and took one for the team. He was not a credible candidate and was soundly defeated.
As Lamar came through Tennessee, I heard him talk several times and each time, he emphasized how conservative he is. He of course won, and is now back up on the Washington party circuit. Occasionally, he shows up to do the people’s business. Perhaps it would be better if he did not.
On March 12, 2009, Lamar, along with ten other Republicans and every present Democrat voted to confirm David Ogden as the Deputy Attorney General, the number two man at the Department of Justice.
Who is David Ogden and why do you care?
David Ogden made a career defending pornographers. I am not talking about in the criminal realm, but in the civil realm. He filed friend of the court briefs on behalf of the ACLU on several child pornography cases. He fought the installation of filters on library computers to keep patrons from accessing porn. He has been an advocate for Playboy, Penthouse, hard-core porn distributors. Ogden made a very good living advocating for these people. He is probably a good lawyer at what he does but what he does disqualifies him from being the number two law enforcement officer in the nation!
One very bright observer of politics told me, do not look at who Obama appoints to lead departments, look to the second and third tier appointments. Those are the people who really set policy.
Back to Lamar. He has always been one of those “moderate” establishment Republicans. But what on earth would possess him to vote to confirm a nominee like Ogden? This nomination is worse than bad. What made Lamar think this was a good vote? What made him think they people who sent him to Washington would approve?
It is clear; Lamar has spent too much time in Washington and is a little too concerned with what his friends in Washington think than the people who sent him there.