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    Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor, senators question credentials

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    President Obama's pick to lead the sprawling Department of Homeland Security is a major Democratic donor who used to work with the president's 2008 campaign, leading one senator to call the choice "deeply concerning."

    The president plans to nominate former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson on Friday afternoon.

    "It would appear that the president plans to nominate a loyalist and fundraiser to this post," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said in a statement. "This is deeply concerning. This huge department must have a proven manager with strong relevant law enforcement experience, recognized independence and integrity, who can restore this department to its full capability."

    The White House touted Johnson's experience, as general counsel at the Defense Department during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A White House official called Johnson "one the most highly qualified and respected national security leaders." He served during Obama's first term.

    But his background, aside from being a trusted legal adviser helping oversee those two wars, is also that of a big-money Democratic donor.

    So they're going to put another Obama lacky in to run our border defense. Just great.
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    Re: Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor, senators question credentials

    Doesnt look like a great choice.

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    Re: Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor, senators question credentials

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    So they're going to put another Obama lacky in to run our border defense. Just great.
    A Republican who doesn't like Obama's choice of leaders? Shocking, I say!

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    Re: Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor, senators question credentials

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    So they're going to put another Obama lacky in to run our border defense. Just great.
    I do not know enough about the guy to know whether he is a good pick, but nothing in the article suggested he was anything other than qualified, and being a donor does not mean you are disqualified or for that matter a "lackey". In fact, the donor thing is literally looking for something to bitch about, which makes me suspect the guy probably actually is qualified if this is what they choose to go after.
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    Re: Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor, senators question credentials

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I do not know enough about the guy to know whether he is a good pick, but nothing in the article suggested he was anything other than qualified, and being a donor does not mean you are disqualified or for that matter a "lackey". In fact, the donor thing is literally looking for something to bitch about, which makes me suspect the guy probably actually is qualified if this is what they choose to go after.
    My concern is based upon my lifelong acquaintance and friendship with many attorneys and judges and doctors. The person's education and experience is strictly within their field of endeavor. Rarely do they have awareness, experience, or education needed to properly manage any organizational entity including their own practices.

    A different truism is the best company salesman most often does not make the best manager of anything; even other salesman.

    I have no information concerning his operational management experience and that alone gives me pause.

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    Re: Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor, senators question credentials

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    So they're going to put another Obama lacky in to run our border defense. Just great.
    How exactly is a lawyer well qualified to run a agency tasked with defending the homeland? What about writing legal breifs makes someone a manager, a security expert, etc? Napolitano was a bad pick, this is much worse. This is like making a budget bureaucrat in charge of the entire countries intelligence operation.

    (b) Mission

    (1) In General. - The primary mission of the Department is to

    (A) prevent terrorist attacks within the United States;

    (B) reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorism; and

    (C) minimize the damage, and assist in the recovery, from terrorist attacks that do occur within the United States."
    Wouldnt the acting secretary be more qualified?
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    Re: Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor, senators question credentials

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I do not know enough about the guy to know whether he is a good pick, but nothing in the article suggested he was anything other than qualified, and being a donor does not mean you are disqualified or for that matter a "lackey". In fact, the donor thing is literally looking for something to bitch about, which makes me suspect the guy probably actually is qualified if this is what they choose to go after.
    You mean, nothing in the article suggested he WAS qualified.

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    Re: Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor, senators question credentials

    this slam thread didn't take long..
    kudos, you're quicker than Dems .
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    Re: Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor, senators question credentials

    As general counsel at the Defense Department during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Johnson oversaw the escalation of the use of unmanned drone strikes, the revamping of military commissions to try terrorism suspects rather than using civilian courts and the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members.
    What does that mean? A lawyer for the dept was making policy decisions?

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    Re: Obama’s DHS pick a major Democratic donor, senators question credentials

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    this slam thread didn't take long..
    kudos, you're quicker than Dems .
    Interestingly you took a whole two hours to try and change the subject. Why so slow?

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