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Dawn Johnsen: My Nomination Was Blocked To Score "Political" Points Against Obama On Terrorism

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I've written post after post about the infuriating GOP obstruction of nominee Dawn "The Woman Who Could Nail Bush" Johnsen to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. She finally withdrew, but said she would have welcomed a recess appointment.

As for the Party of No and their incessant blocking:

She decried the “silence and inaction forced upon nominees” who are not allowed to comment, and said the net effect is to muzzle people who by virtue of their nominations alone are leaders in their given areas.

“I think it’s an underappreciated cost of this system breakdown. All those judicial nominees out there for months and months. They cannot do their work and speak out on issues. This is a group of people who ordinarily are very politically active and key players in making policy and setting direction, and this is a way for elected officials who are known to be obstructionists to stop these people for long periods of time to be able to participate.”

Now Think Progress has this:

In a must-read article about the broken confirmations process in the Senate, Dave Weigel quotes former Office of Legal Counsel nominee Dawn Johnsen explaining that conservative objections to her failed nomination had nothing to do with actual disagreements with her views:

“I’m not going to talk about any individual meetings with senators,” [Johnsen] says, “but the impression that I got was it wasn’t about me, that it wasn’t personal. It was political. And there were some senators who were very open about that. It wasn’t a difference in substantive views. The things I was attacked for saying about torture, for example—Lindsey Graham and John McCain have talked about that the same way.” (Neither publicly supported her nomination.) “You definitely need to look at how all the terrorism issues and nominees who dealt with terrorism issues were treated. The attempt was to describe President Obama’s approach as not sufficiently tough on terrorism, and make that a political issue.

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Indeed, this silent obstructionism caused Obama to have a lower percentage of his judicial nominees confirmed during his first two years in office than any other president in American history.

The Republican party keeps topping themselves in their effort to destroy democracy as we know it, whether it's about the confirmation process, union busting, financial martial law, running spoiler candidates, or voter suppression.

If President Obama says up, they say down. If he says the sky is blue, they say it's green. "America first", right GOP?

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Dawn Johnsen believed Senate had the necessary 60 votes to confirm. So what happened?

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Remember Dawn Johnsen? She was called “the woman who could nail Bush” and was nominated to head the Office of Legal Counsel, but was blocked by the GOP, because she could shine light on the atrocities that defined BushCo:

...Johnsen has said she believes the biggest issue for her detractors was her sharp and definitive repudiation of memos written by President George W. Bush’s OLC that gave the president tacit approval to use torture methods in interrogating foreign combatants.

And then she finally withdrew.

Now, this past week, Dawn Johnsen said she believed that the Senate actually had the 60 votes she needed to be confirmed. So what was the problem?

Johnsen said on Friday that she and others believed at various times that the Senate had the necessary 60 votes to win confirmation but the president’s busy agenda often seemed to get in the way. Several times, she said, she was told a vote might come at the end of the week, or the end of the next week. But her nomination never was called to the Senate floor.

omfg wtf stfu lol

“I would have welcomed a recess appointment."

So would many of us.

Regarding Don't Ask, Don't Tell:

[S]he supports the president’s legal actions to defend the law, even though she disagrees with it, because the president’s job is to defend the laws of the land.

As for the Party of No and their incessant obstructionism:

She decried the “silence and inaction forced upon nominees” who are not allowed to comment, and said the net effect is to muzzle people who by virtue of their nominations alone are leaders in their given areas.

“I think it’s an underappreciated cost of this system breakdown. All those judicial nominees out there for months and months. They cannot do their work and speak out on issues. This is a group of people who ordinarily are very politically active and key players in making policy and setting direction, and this is a way for elected officials who are known to be obstructionists to stop these people for long periods of time to be able to participate.”

As I said after she withdrew back in April, Merry Blockmas.

H/t: Jason Leopold

Note: Title edited.

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Dawn Johnsen withdraws from consideration for Justice post

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By GottaLaff


I am livid. There are no words for the frustration I feel right now:

President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel has withdrawn her bid for confirmation after she languished for more than a year without a Senate vote.

Several Republicans objected to Dawn E. Johnsen over her criticism of the Bush administration's terrorist interrogation policies.


My previous posts about the relentless efforts to block "the woman who could nail Bush" can be found here.

And that is why she was blocked, because she could shine light on the atrocities that defined BushCo. And now she has finally withdrawn.

They won. The United States lost. Hugely.

Merry Blockmas. Again.

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Dawn Johnsen Approved by Judiciary Committee

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By GottaLaff

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YES! Yesyesyes!

In a party line vote today, President Obama's choice to head the Office of Legal Counsel was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is the second time that Johnsen, who was first nominated more than a year ago, has been approved by the committee.

"The woman who could nail Bush" gets approval... again.

Still waiting for my incredibly unreliable electric company to shut the juice off, so I am thrilled to get this post up before they do!

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