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article appeared in Powerline on April 23rd
By Paul Mirengoff
Sen. Mike Lee has
been fighting against the renomination of Chai
Feldblum as EEOC Commissioner. Feldblum is the architect of President
Obama’s radical LBGT agenda. She believes, among other things, that when
religious liberty and sexual liberty conflict, sexual liberty should prevail in
virtually all cases.
The confirmation of
Feldblum looked like a done deal in December. However, key social conservative
groups sounded the alarm, and Sen. Lee placed a hold on Feldblum’s nomination.
It is stalled.
Now, however, I’m
hearing (but haven’t been able to confirm) that a push is under way to steer
Feldblum’s nomination through the Senate this week. She is packaged with two Republican nominees for
Commissioner. To sweeten the deal, I’m told the Democrats will throw in the
Republican nominee for EEOC General Counsel. This, they hope, will be
sufficient to cause Sen. Lee to withdraw his hold. The four nominees could then
be confirmed by unanimous consent.
control the Senate. They have the power to confirm the two Republican nominees
for Commissioner, plus the General Counsel nominee, without confirming
That’s why the
Democrats agreed to the deal — that and the fact that Feldblum is super-smart,
super-left, and super-knowledgeable about the EEOC and how to manipulate it.
Through the deal, the Dems would get an enormous asset in the culture and
social wars in exchange for permitting something they have no power to stop.
I think it’s also
fair to question how much of a sweetener the nominee for General Counsel,
Sharon Fast Gustafson, really represents. Gustafson
is a plaintiffs’ employment discrimination lawyer. She’s a member of the
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), an organization that holds
itself out as advancing employee rights. As such, she has fairly been described
as an “unconventional”
Republican nominee for the EEOC.
Feldblum and Nan Hunter, the "Boy" part of the pairing
You don’t find many
strong conservatives in NELA. I’ve never known any (but I don’t know
I’m not saying a
Republican president should never nominate a plaintiffs’ lawyer to serve as
EEOC General Counsel. Nor am I saying that Gustafson is a bad nominee. Good or
bad, moreover, she’s Trump’s choice (or somebody’s choice on behalf of Trump)
and barring exceptional circumstances, should be confirmed. Being a plaintiffs’
lawyer is hardly an exceptional circumstance.
But the issue here is
whether Gustafson’s addition to the slate should be sufficient to cause Sen.
Lee to withdraw his hold on Feldblum, given her track record at EEOC, including
her willingness (if not eagerness) to trample on religious liberty. I don’t
think it is.