NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) kicked off his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference by recounting the story of the 33-year-old murder of a Philadelphia police officer. Toomey offered the account as part of a justification for his campaign against a highly respected civil rights lawyer who represented the officer's convicted murderer years after his sentencing.
Toomey insisted during his speech on Thursday that he doesn't oppose lawyers who represent unpopular defendants.
"This was always about the principle that no one should be able to make a mockery of our criminal justice system, fan the flames of racial strife in America, join a dishonest, international, anti-American campaign ... and then be confirmed to a high post in the Justice Department," Toomey said.
The campaign against Adegbile has rocked the legal community, with members of both parties condemning the attacks on a well-qualified lawyer because of clients he represented.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said on Wednesday night that the opposition to Adegbile's nomination has marked the lowest point of his time in the Senate. He pointed out that current Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts worked pro bono on behalf of a man who was convicted and executed for killing eight people in Florida, but that didn't stop Republicans from confirming him.
If Adegbile was white, Harkin suggested, he would have been confirmed.
BEFORE YOU GO
03/08/2014 8:15 PM EST
More On Palin's Biting CPAC Speech
From HuffPost's Elise Foley:
Sarah Palin delivered a biting, folksy speech to close out the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, going after GOP consultants, the NSA, Obamacare, liberals and the media.
Many of her digs in the 30-minute speech were targeted squarely at President Barack Obama, whom she criticized for his leadership and mocked for his "hope and change" 2008 campaign messages.
"That 'hope and change,' it went from a catchy campaign slogan to a reality, and along the way, 'hope and change,' 'yes we can,' it became 'no, you can't,'" she said. "No, you can't log onto the website. No, you can't keep your health care."
Read more here.
03/08/2014 7:12 PM EST
This Is What Happens When You Bring An Intern To CPAC
While the politicians gave their speeches, the real action at CPAC was happening on the convention floor below. HuffPost Live brought along their intern Max to investigate.
Watch the clip here.
03/08/2014 6:45 PM EST
Palin Closes With 'The Best Is Yet To Come'
"Stand up and stiffen your spine," she added, drawing loud applause from the crowd to close out the three-day conference.
03/08/2014 6:42 PM EST
Palin: 'The Age Of Obama Is Almost Over'
She added that it is "the end of an error," calling the president the "lamest of lame ducks."
03/08/2014 6:40 PM EST
Palin: Only Mama Grizzlies Can Say 'Hear Me Roar'
Palin lets the women of America know that conservatives' values are "family, faith and freedom," adding that females are "happy to lead the charge" for the movement.
"We're the party with the plank that protects even our littlest sisters in the womb," Palin said making a subtle reference to conservative beliefs on abortion.
03/08/2014 6:37 PM EST
Palin Talking Duck Dynasty, Says Conservatives Won The Fight
She credits Phil Robertson for battling back on his remarks that being gay is a sin, adding that "his fight was our fight and we pushed back and we won."
03/08/2014 6:33 PM EST
Palin Hits Democrats, Harry Reid
Palin charges that the Democratic Party's agenda is "failure and fiasco on steroids." She also went after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), saying he would either end up being Senate Minority Leader, or a blackjack dealer, where "everything stays in Vegas."
03/08/2014 6:30 PM EST
Palin: 'The Only Thing That Stands In The Way Of A Bad Guy With A Nuke, Is A Good Guy With A Nuke'
"Hat tip, NRA!," she exclaimed for a punctuation mark.
03/08/2014 6:26 PM EST
Palin Serenaded To 'Run Sarah!' Chants
And she responds by saying she didn't get a chance to run this morning. The crowd seemed to be prodding her to run for president.