Victory For Bullshit

May 13th, 2009at 07:21am Posted by Eli

This is very discouraging:

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) moves to ease a backlog of executive branch nominations, he suggested on Tuesday that he does not have the votes to bring up President Barack Obama’s pick to run the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel.

“Right now we’re finding out when to do that,” Reid said, responding to a question about the status of Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to the Justice post. “We need a couple Republican votes until we can get to 60.”

Johnsen has come under fire from some social conservatives, who have voiced concerns over her positions on abortion and the war on terror.

(…)

Reid indicated Tuesday that at least a few Democrats would also oppose Johnsen, making the task of reaching 60 votes to avert a Republican filibuster even more difficult.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) “is very concerned” about Johnsen’s nomination, press secretary Clay Westrope said, pointing to her tenure as the legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America as a point of concern.

Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), who recently joined the Democratic Conference after 29 years as a Republican Senator, has stated that he will vote against Johnsen’s nomination when it hits the floor.

I can’t believe this is actually happening.  Johnsen is ridiculously qualified for a job where pro-choice views are barely relevant, and even if they were, she would certainly be a lot better at  keeping ideology out of the OLC’s rulings than any of her Bush-era predecessors that no-one had a problem confirming.

And if she’s anti-torture, well, isn’t the OLC supposed to be against stuff that’s illegal?  Isn’t that the whole point?

This will be a truly ignominious failure for Reid and Obama if they can’t get Johnsen confirmed, and a very disturbing precedent for future appointees – including judges.

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