In what is probably the dumbest political strategy ever, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint is defending his decision to ensure the Obama appointee for the head of the TSA, Errol Southers, is delayed – even after the Christmas Day terror attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Senator DeMint has placed a hold on the nomination of the agency that keeps our skies safe, after an attempted terror attack on an airplane on its way to Detroit, because he believes the nominee is too union friendly.
Let’s interpret that. Seriously. Even though people are trying to blow up our airplanes and we have a highly qualified appointee to lead the agency that can help prevent this from happening, Senator DeMint is more concerned that TSA employees might be allowed to participate in collective bargaining? Really? Senator DeMint believes the threat of unions to our nation is greater than the threat of terrorists?
Senator DeMint has been an open critic of the Obama administration’s decision to move Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the United States, saying in a statement that “The President’s decision may please some European elites but it doesn’t make American families any safer. I will continue to fight these misguided policies that weaken our national security and embolden our enemies.”
So, housing terrorists on American soil in a super-max facility is emboldening our enemies, but openly delaying the nominee of Southers (who will be overwhelmingly confirmed anyway) is not? Do you think that it would be useful right now to have a head of the agency that is working on protecting us from future attacks and making the decisions about what type of security screening we are subject to when flying?
The next time you hear a conservative complaining about how soft Democrats are on terrorists, remind them who presided over the worst terror attack on American soil EVER, who’s responsible for sending the troops to their deaths in the wrong country (oops) and who saw to it that we had no head of the TSA to prevent the Christmas Day bombing attempt.
I’ll let Claire McCaskill finish up for me:
“With all due respect, this is nuts holding him up over whether somebody’s going to be able to bargain for a better benefit. Playing games with the process — all it’s doing is hurting the traveling public, because the most important front-line agency to protect Americans right now on flights is being held up over political stuff.”
At what point is America going to wake up and see that allowing Republicans to behave this way does nothing but endanger our country? You can contact Senator DeMint here and ask him to remove his hold from the nomination.