Dawn Johnsen, who is now refusing to be President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, on the “forced silence and inaction” of her year in limbo while awaiting a vote on the Senate floor after twice being approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee: “In the current climate, even if you attempt a crass political calculus about how to live your life, you may as well say what you think because they can always find a footnote to twist and distort in a twenty-year old brief!” How’s this for some Hoosier common sense? “The one thing you didn’t want people saying at your funeral was, ‘She went to her grave with her options open.'”
Sing it, sister! It looks like we’ve got a Dem President and Dem Senate who think they’ve got all of the time in the world for his executive and judicial branch appointments. Politesse and scruples have no place when shaping the Justice Department and the federal judiciary, friends. I can only conclude that Obama and the Dem Senators really didn’t want Johnsen in the first place, if they left her hanging out like Wednesday’s wash for an entire year.