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  •  Here's why Dawn Johnsen's situation is so rotten (8+ / 0-)

    This is from back in December, when she'd already had put her life on hold for eleven months.

    This is from a few weeks later -- right after her nomination was allowed to die on the vine, again.

    And then there's this, after she got screwed for the fourth time:

    But the Senate, whether the Judiciary Committee or having 60 votes to obtain cloture on the floor, has never really been the hold up on confirmation of Dawn Johnsen; the failure has been an utter lack of desire by the Obama White House to confirm their own<span id="more-8927"></span> nominee.  I have previously established that the Obama White House had the sixty (60) votes necessary to confirm Dawn Johnsen as of the split second Senator Al Franken was sworn in and seated on July 7, 2009.  

    If there were any questions about Arlen Specter being the 60th vote for Johnsen’s confirmation for the entire second half of Obama’s first year in office, they were answered completely by Senator Specter two days ago.  If you want extra gravy on the proof, add in the fact that the two Senators from Maine, Snowe and Collins, have never indicated they would block a vote on Johnsen and have allowed up or down votes in such situations before, and Ben Nelson has never even been asked by the White House to support her.

    So, when the Obama White House has been able to confirm their own nominee all this time, and they refuse to even request a vote, you have to wonder why?  You would think with all the recent commotion about the lack of ethics and shoddy work produced by the Office of Legal Counsel over the last eight years, and the inability of the DOJ to police the substandard work of their own attorneys, getting a strong, principled, experienced and competent leader like Dawn Johnsen confirmed would be a glaring priority for Barack Obama and his White House team, just like Obama swore was his desire when he first nominated her.

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    by Phoenix Woman on Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 12:35:56 PM PDT

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    •  Phoenix Woman, (2+ / 0-)
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      I also seem to remember Eric Holder pleading with the committee holding her confirmation, to get it done.  There was a photo of him arguing for her.  I still don't get it either.


      "Never, desist till we ... extinguish this bloody traffic, of which our posterity, will scarce believe that it suffered a disgrace and dishonor to this country.

      by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 12:39:54 PM PDT

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      •  It's no great mystery. (1+ / 0-)
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        Obama doesn't want her confirmed, causing a big ruckus by actually doing her job.

        But he wants credit for looking like he supports her (by renominating her).

        “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

        by Jyrinx on Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 12:59:03 PM PDT

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        •  That's a bizzarre theory (0+ / 0-)

          He's the president. He can nominate whoever he wants. When has Obama ever balked at nominating someone progressives don't like?

          Jyrinx, Sec. Salazar is on line 2 for you...

          •  But that's exactly my point. (0+ / 0-)

            He got Salazar confirmed. He's not even trying to get Johnsen confirmed as far as anyone can tell.

            So yeah, he doesn't always nominate people we like. That's because we're DFHs, remember? So he threw us a bone by nominating Johnsen. But actually getting her confirmed would be too much to ask.

            “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

            by Jyrinx on Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 05:53:31 PM PDT

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