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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Chai update: Sen. Lee is steadfast in his opposition
Ed. Read Author Mirengoff's first offering on the far-left Chai Feldblum HERE.
article appeared in Powerline on April 25th
By Paul Mirengoff
Sen. Mike Lee has
been holding out against the renomination of Chai Feldblum for another term as
EEOC Commissioner. Feldblum is the architect of the Obama administration’s LGBT policy and an
enemy of religious freedom in virtually all cases where it stands in the way of
gay “dignity,” as she sees it.
I have heard that
this week, Senate leadership is making another push to confirm Feldblum, along
with two Republican nominees to the Commission. The idea, as I understand it,
is to “sweeten” the deal by throwing in President Trump’s nominee for EEOC
I’m happy to report
that Sen. Lee remains “steadfast” in opposing Feldblum. His office assures me
that throwing in the nominee for General Counsel, whom the GOP Senate can
already confirm without Democratic help, doesn’t sweeten anything.
Mike Lee deserves
major credit for blocking Chai Feldblum’s nomination. He’s not just standing up
to leadership, he’s also resisting pressure from some conservatives who want
him to accept the Feldblum package in order to give Republicans an instant
majority on the Commission.
As noted, though,
Republicans control the Senate, albeit barely. They have the ability to confer
majority status at the EEOC on Republicans without swallowing Feldblum.
The other point I
want to make pertains to the alliance between social conservatives and economic
conservatives/business interests. In Feldblum’s case, there is a tension.
Feldblum has been so aggressive in trampling religious interests that she’s
become unacceptable to social conservatives. They regard her, correctly in my
view, as worse than a generic left-liberal on key social issues.
Feldblum and her, uh, ...
Thus, the business
case (so to speak) in favor of confirming Feldblum, even assuming there is one,
will not move most strong social conservatives. Feldblum represents a red line.
If the traditional
alliance between social conservatives and economic conservatives is to be
maintained, each faction (so the speak) must respect the other’s red lines.
Some economic conservatives believe, in good faith, that there’s a good case
for confirming the Feldblum package. But this is hardly a red line issue for
So again, I believe
Sen. Lee deserves great credit for enforcing the red line against Chai