Today, Erroll Southers, President Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration TSA, announced that he was withdrawing from consideration because “his nomination had become a lightning rod for those with a political agenda.” Indeed, Southers’ most vocal opponent was Sen. Jim DeMint R-SC, who was blocking the highly qualified nominee “to prevent TSA workers from joining a labor union.” Following the failed Christmas Day bombing when it became increasingly clear how much the TSA needed a director, the right wing insisted on playing politics with Southers’ nomination.
This past summer and Christmas the Congress went home without staffing the administration. DeMint won, Reid lost as a result Obama lost. He’s a f*cking police chief and veteran. If you can’t shame a Republican into confirming a police chief and veteran than what can you do? Recess appointments are always an option, but Reid should have taken one of the vacations and said we ain’t leaving until we approve every one of Obama’s nominees Dems have votes for. The government needs to be staffed appropriately and its a year into the Administration.
Next time Nominations before vacations.