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Roll Call: Who Voted To Confirm Drone Executioner David Barron To Appeals Court Post?

david barron confirmation 2014

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm David Barron to a seat on the First Circuit Court of the United States. This is a powerful judicial position, which often addresses significant issues related to Americans’ constitutional rights. The confirmation is deeply troubling, because David Barron has a record of acting to undermine Americans’ constitutional rights.

The most troubling issue in David Barron’s record is his role as the author of the legal opinion that justified what is rather coldly referred to as “extrajudicial killing” by the United States federal government. Put more plainly, David Barron concocted a legal justification for President Barack Obama, so that the President could order the U.S. military to execute American citizens, because of suspicion of criminal behavior, without any trial or due process.

To put a lawyer who is willing to engage in such an outrageous violation of civil liberties in the position of a federal judge is extremely reckless. Yet, all but two Senate Democrats voted to approve the David Barron nomination – and the two supposedly progressive independents in the Senate did too – including Bernard Sanders.

Why did they do it? They wanted to show political support for Barack Obama as their leader, regardless of the implications.

Also listed below are the U.S. Senators who voted against the Barron confirmation. Are they the good guys in this political story? Hardly. Almost every one of the senators who voted against the Barron confirmation supported equally outrageous violations of civil liberties when they were conducted by the most recent President of their own party, George W. Bush. Just as the Senate Democrats voted in favor of David Barron only to demonstrate solidarity with Barack Obama, regardless of the merits of Barron’s record, the Senate Republicans only voted against David Barron to demonstrate their opposition to Barack Obama.

No U.S. senator comes out of this vote looking good. The David Barron confirmation vote exposes the lot of them as opportunists who cannot be counted on to stand up for Americans’ legal rights when doing so interferes with their strategies for gathering political power.

Senators Who Voted In Favor Of Making David Barron A Federal Judge:

Senator Tammy Baldwin
Senator Mark Begich
Senator Michael Bennet
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Senator Cory Booker
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Sherrod Brown
Senator Maria Cantwell
Senator Benjamin Cardin
Senator Thomas Carper
Senator Robert Casey
Senator Chris Coons
Senator Joe Donnelly
Senator Richard Durbin
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Alan Franken
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Kay Hagan
Senator Thomas Harkin
Senator Martin Heinrich
Senator Heidi Heitkamp
Senator Mazie Hirono
Senator Tim Johnson
Senator Timothy Kaine
Senator Angus King
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Senator Patrick Leahy
Senator Carl Levin
Senator Ed Markey
Senator Claire McCaskill
Senator Robert Menendez
Senator Jeff Merkley
Senator Barbara Mikulski
Senator Christopher Murphy
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Mark Pryor
Senator John Reed
Senator Harry Reid
Senator John Rockefeller
Senator Bernard Sanders
Senator Brian Schatz
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Jon Tester
Senator Mark Udall
Senator Tom Udall
Sentor John Walsh
Senator Mark Warner
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator Ron Wyden

Senators Who Voted Against Making David Barron A Federal Judge:

Senator Lamar Alexander
Senator Kelly Ayotte
Senator John Barrasso
Senator Roy Blunt
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Saxby Chambliss
Senator Tom Coburn
Senator Thad Cochran
Senator Susan Collins
Senator Bob Corker
Senator John Cornyn
Senator Mike Crapo
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Jeff Flake
Senator Deb Fischer
Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Chuck Grassley
Senator Orrin Hatch
Senator Dean Heller
Senator John Hoeven
Senator Mark Kirk
Senator Mary Landrieu
Senator Mike Lee
Senator Joe Manchin
Senator John McCain
Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator Jerry Moran
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Senator Rand Paul
Senator Rob Portman
Senator James Risch
Senator Marco Rubio
Senator Tim Scott
Senator Jeff Sessions
Senator Richard Shelby
Senator John Thune
Senator Pat Toomey
Senator David Vitter
Senator Roger Wicker

3 comments to Roll Call: Who Voted To Confirm Drone Executioner David Barron To Appeals Court Post?

  • Stephen Kent Gray

    The total is 53 to 45. I’m from Indiana which mean my Senator Joe Donnelley voted Yes. My other Senator Dan Coats is one of the missing 2 who add up to the total of 100 Senators.

    Side Note: PFAW applauded the confirmation along with the Establishment Democrat mentality. (PFAW is People for the America Way.) PFAW supposedly a progressive group has become a cheerleader
    for the Democrats.

    Marge Baker, Executive Vice President at People For the American Way issued the following statement:

    “The Senate should be applauded today not just for confirming a well-qualified nominee, but for taking another important step towards addressing the persistent issue of vacancies on our nation’s circuit courts. For years, Republicans have blocked, delayed, and obstructed the confirmation of judges to our circuit courts at every opportunity. In recent months, Majority Leader Reid and the Democratic Caucus have been making real strides in processing the backlog of nominees.

    “We need to continue to push hard to make sure Americans find fair-minded judges waiting for them when they turn to the federal courts to protect their rights.”

    • J Clifford

      Senator Boozman from Arkansas was also not present.

      Wow, on the People For The American Way statement. Essentially, they’re saying, let’s just get warm bodies on the bench. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

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