Conservative Campaign to Block Harold Koh’s State Department Confirmation Likely Coming to an End
A vote on Harold Koh’s nomination to be legal adviser to the State Department is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Yesterday, after cloture passed on Koh, I asked Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council for a reaction on a nominee his group had campaigned hard against.
“I thought the vote would be a little closer,” said Perkins. “I think that this nomination is a threat to our whole understanding of American law. But this is typical of this administration, and there’s probably more to come. I think their approach to public policy is like a food fight, throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks, as people are dodging and ducking.”
After this I heard Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy address the launch meeting of the new Sovereignty Caucus, where he talked about Koh. “Harold Koh is one of the enemies,” he said, “if that’s not too charged a word, one of the enemies of sovereignty.”
A campaign that delayed Koh’s confirmation by several months will almost certainly come to an end shortly.
UPDATE: Koh was confirmed by the full Senate, 62-35.