Sestak Succeeds Where Obama Failed

January 13th, 2010at 07:21am Posted by Eli

So let’s recap the Dawn Johnsen situation: Obama nominates her for the pivotal position of head of DOJ’s Office Of Legal Counsel about a year ago, and makes absolutely no effort to get her confirmed, ostensibly because even though Dick Lugar supports her, Nelson and Specter do not.  Instead of pressuring Nelson and/or Specter (who switched parties and is trying to get re-elected this year) or appealing to Snowe or Collins, Obama lets Johnsen twist in the wind for a year.

Then, a few days ago, the White House announces that Obama will renominate Johnsen, but there’s still no reason to believe that he’ll push for her confirmation this time.  Until Specter’s primary opponent Joe Sestak pressured Specter into publicly announcing his support for Johnsen, officially bringing her vote total to 60 and clearing the way for her to finally be confirmed.

What’s appalling about this whole fiasco is how obviously willing Obama was to let Johnsen twist in the wind, and the fact that she’s only getting a confirmation vote because Specter’s primary opponent forced him into a declaration of support that made her confirmation unavoidable.  Would Obama have let her dangle for another year, or until she finally got fed up?  And was his passivity a deliberate strategy to keep her out of OLC as long as possible to give him a free hand, or because he couldn’t be bothered to fight for her even the least little bit?

In any case, it’s a sad day when a sophomore Representative has more influence and moxie than the President Of The United States.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Obama,Politics,Specter,Wankers


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