Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, June 21, 2010 6:22 pm

Quote of the day

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.: “I mean, I don’t speak Latin. But unless stare decisis* means ‘overturn stuff,’ then maybe it’s time for conservatives to stop calling other people ‘dangerous radicals.'”

*”To stand by that which has been decided,” more or less. I don’t speak Latin, either. Oh, and if you follow that link and scroll down, you’ll get to the full text of Franken’s speech, and Dawn Johnsen’s. Both are very much worth reading.


  1. The ACS has plenty of wack jobs and Franken’s support of Dawn Johnson who withdrew as Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, is justification enough to dismiss him.

    Andrew McCarthy sliceed and diced her, exposed her unsuitability, showed her to be a hypocrite, and then she denied having written what was in black and white

    Comment by Jon A Firebaugh — Tuesday, June 22, 2010 10:42 am @ 10:42 am

  2. I think we’re going to have to disagree on this, Jon. “Wack job” has no objective meaning, and in any event, I think it was Barry Goldwater who said that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. I concur particularly when the liberty in question has to do not with one’s property but with one’s person. Johnsen’s (not JohnsOn) distinction between pregnancy and forced childbirth seems clear enough to me; I think McCarthy’s being disingenuous when he elides the difference. But then he has a history of that.

    As to the bigger question of Johnsen’s suitability for the job of running OLC, a lot of people who are smarter than McCarthy publicly said they couldn’t understand why she wasn’t being confirmed. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., publicly supported her, and Snowe and Collins of Maine apparently had agreed not to filibuster her, at least. So the answer has to do not only with GOP obstructionism but with the fact that in the end, Obama didn’t want to fight for her; in point of fact, he had the votes to get her confirmed and in any case could have made her a recess appointment.

    I don’t know why that is, but I suspect that Obama, now that he’s in the WH, has found that torture and extraordinary renditions and unconstitutional wiretaps are actually a good thing and that you need a politicized OLC to keep them in place. Johnsen, unfortunately, was to all appearances going to play it too straight for Obama’s comfort. That sucks, but then I’ve already called for him to be impeached for conspiring to assassinate U.S. citizens without due process, so I’m not sure what else I can do.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, June 22, 2010 4:48 pm @ 4:48 pm

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