“Princeton, NJ: In your piece on Senator Sessions you use the word “vilified” and quote him that was “disengaged from the civil rights movement” and was “smear(ed)”. Didn’t the facts show clearly that he was a typical Southern racist and to quote him that, “It was so embarrassing to have people think that I didn’t believe in equality, that I was racist or had discriminatory intent,” he said. “This was horrible. That was not so.” is really a huge distortion.
Philip Rucker: This was a very sensitive part of the story. As a reporter, it is not my job to declare whether Jeff Sessions was “a typical Southern racist.” My role is to report his alleged comments that surfaced during his 1986 confirmation hearings and then provide him a fair opportunity to explain himself, which he did. Readers can draw their own conclusions about whether or not Sessions had any discriminatory intent.”
“Beloved by conservatives, Sessions has been a vocal opponent of allowing undocumented immigrants the chance to become U.S. citizens. But unlike many of his colleagues on the panel, he lacks a national profile and a signature issue. Some in Alabama describe Sessions as “vanilla.”
Yet what the 5-foot-5 senator lacks in bravado, he makes up for in discipline, practiced over hours as a Sunday-school teacher at his family’s Methodist church, 14 years in the Army Reserve and decades as a lawyer. An early riser, he often goes to the Capitol gym before 7 a.m., running on the treadmill and hashing over bills with Cornyn.
Known as a nuts-and-bolts senator, Sessions arrives at committee meetings having done his homework, colleagues said. The Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” is engraved on a stone on his office desk.”
Plenty of Vanilla — and No Chocolate.
“In the 1960s, as the world around him changed dramatically, Sessions said he was disengaged from the civil rights movement, becoming engrossed instead with the conservative politics of the National Review. He said he regrets not having taken a lead in fighting for civil rights.
‘I guess I was more like the average Alabamian,’ he said. ‘Most of my contemporaries, including myself, we probably could have been more affirmative in taking stands on those issues.’ “
Oh you were VERY affirmative Jeff.
“In 1986, Sessions was nominated for a federal judgeship by Reagan. The nomination was killed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which refused by a 9-9 vote to let the nomination come to the Senate floor for a vote. Sessions’ opponents accused him of ‘gross insensitivity’ on racial issues. Sessions made a variety of comments that opponents pointed to, including remarks that he thought that the Ku Klux Klan was not so bad until he found out that some of them smoked marijuana. Sessions also had once labeled the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ‘un-American,’ ‘Communist-inspired,’ and had said that they ‘forced civil rights down the throats of people.’ At his confirmation hearings, Sessions said that the groups could be un-American when “they involve themselves in un-American positions” in foreign policy. Sessions claimed that the remarks had been made in jest.”
Such a kidder, that Jeff. Life was so much simpler back in The Good Old Days, wasn’t it? Such a shame we’ve got a black President now. So confusing to such a sensitive soul like. . .
Sing us out girls.