Last week we learned that Obama, in what can be described only as AMAZING foresight, nominated Dawn Johnsen at the beginning of the year to appease progressives, and then killed her nomination just to show those progressives who is boss. Or to secure Senate votes for HCR. Or because he is actually George Bush II and doesn’t want her there, but wants credit for nominating her. Or because he secretly hates progressives and figured this was a good way to hurt them. Depending on what your flavor of conspiracy kool-aid is, it is one of those or maybe a combination of all of them. At any rate, it was, we were informed, a major betrayal to the people who elected him (funny enough, the people who are always telling us “they” elected Obama are always the ones angriest with him):
Barack Obama and Harry Reid owe an explanation to both Dawn Johnsen, and the voters who worked so hard to elect them, as to why they intentionally left Johnsen’s critical nomination out in the cold so long, and then killed it outright. The main media in the United States owe their readers the duty to ask the questions and demand answers. That much, at a minimum, is owed to the citizens.
Apparently he had so much fun stabbing the left wing in the back he is going to do it again:
Two sources with knowledge of the situation told HuffPost that they expected the re-nominations to be announced soon. But administration officials emphasized that no decisions have been made as of yet. Senate Democratic aides, meanwhile, said they were in the dark about where those nominations stood. The president can not officially re-submit a nominee until the Senate reconvenes on January 20, unless he is pursuing a recess appointment.
In the daily briefing on Tuesday, Gibbs said he did not “know what decisions have been made about nominees that have, as a result of being — having passed a year, need to be re-nominated.”
According to sources, however, the names of those people whose nominations were held up during the past year and are likely to be re-nominated include:
Dawn Johnsen, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel
Christopher Schroeder, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy
Mary Smith, Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division
Craig Becker, National Labor Relations Board
Louis Butler, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin
Edward Chen, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of California
David Teeples, Army brigadier general
Over here at Balloon Juice, where we are all Obots, alternate theories prevail- such as Obama really wanted her confirmed, but was occupied or misread the level of Republican perfidy in the Senate. Those theories, which do not absolve Obama but also do not automatically assume the worst of
Rahm Obama and take on the paranoid belief that Obama hates progressives, so they should probably be dismissed.
And before I leave, let me present you the obvious spin for the people who were peddling this nonsense last week- “Of course he wants her re-nominated! He saw how important our voices were when we screamed in outrage last week.” Which, of course, is more nonsense, as Obama has been holding strong with liberals all year.
And no, I am not writing this to just pick on progressives or to troll my website. I want my reality-based community back. Where did you all go? Or, to paraphrase commenter Cleek (who, btw, has an excellent blog YOU SHOULD VISIT!), “Show me on the doll where Rahm touched you.” Please come back. I liked working WITH you.