The Charade Is Finally Over

April 9th, 2010at 08:29pm Posted by Eli

After twisting in the wind for over a year with zero support from Obama, Dawn Johnsen has finally had enough:

Dawn Johnsen, the president’s appointment to the Office of Legal Counsel whose nomination has lingered in Congressional limbo for more than a year, has officially withdrawn her candidacy for the post, according to a statement sent over from the White House.

“I am deeply honored that President Obama, the Attorney General and a strong majority of the U.S. Senate have demonstrated faith and confidence in my ability to lead the Office of Legal Counsel,” Johnsen said in a statement asking for the withdrawal. “OLC plays a critical role in upholding the rule of law and must provide advice unvarnished by politics or partisan ambition. That was my guiding principle when I had the privilege to lead OLC in a past administration. Restoring OLC to its best nonpartisan traditions was my primary objective for my anticipated service in this administration. Unfortunately, my nomination has met with lengthy delays and political opposition that threaten that objective and prevent OLC from functioning at full strength. I hope that the withdrawal of my nomination will allow this important office to be filled promptly.”

I’m kinda reading her statement as “I will not be used as Obama’s excuse for blowing off the Constitution any more.  Enough is enough.”  Of course, she’s assuming that Obama won’t simply say that this proves that he can’t get anyone “controversial” confirmed, and nominate some sleazy Alberto Gonzales-style enabler.

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Obama,Wankers


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