Stoogemania at Homeland Security
Harry Reid sabotaged the filibuster, and now the Democrats are running wild in Washington. Thanks to Reid's crony-coddling rule change, unqualified stooges will manage the Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security.
Last week, the Senate voted to end debate on the nomination of Jeh Johnson to head DHS. Johnson went on to win his appointment by a 78-16 margin.
Johnson, who will lead a department that employs 240,000 people and boasts a $40 billion budget, has never actually held an executive position governing a state or managing a complex organization. Let me summarize his relevant experience in border security, port security, airport security and immigration enforcement: Zero. Zip. Nada.
He's a lifelong beneficiary of the government/law firm revolving door, dating back to the Clinton years.
Johnson counts among the “big breaks” in his life a fateful meeting with Barack Obama in 2006. He went on to shovel gobs of money into Obama's campaigns and Democrat coffers. In 2008, this top campaign finance bundler served on the Team Obama transition team. Next, Johnson found himself appointed to the position of general counsel at the Defense Department. He was “involved” in ending the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy and reportedly “oversaw” the use of unmanned drone strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
White House aides claim that Johnson is a “respected national security leader.” But respected by whom (other than Democrat fundraisers) the administration will not say.
Perhaps we might comfort ourselves if the No. 2 in charge at DHS had strong qualifications and a record on national security to compensate for Johnson's deficiencies. Sorry. Reid exploited the nuked filibuster threshold to ram through Alejandro Mayorkas' nomination as deputy DHS secretary. Mayorkas remains under investigation for a partisan cash-for-foreign-investor-visas scandal by the DHS inspector general's office, which itself remains under investigation for fraud and ethics violations that endanger national security.
At DHS, adjudicators remain under pressure to rubber-stamp visa applications. Open-border ideologues continue to push for administrative amnesty programs behind closed doors and in circumvention of congressional oversight. And whistleblowers are an endangered species.
The elevation of Obama's stooge donors to the two highest civilian Homeland Security posts in the country comes as both vote-seeking Democrats and big-business Republicans prepare for another illegal-alien-amnesty push next year.
As Dan Stein of the immigration-enforcement group FAIR noted this week: “There is no mistaking the signals the president has sent to the American people. ... President Obama has called on the House to pass ‘comprehensive' immigration reform, yet nominated an individual to head DHS who has zero immigration experience. Thus, it is clear the president wants the amnesty portion of such a bill, but has little or no intention of prioritizing any enforcement measures that might be contained in it.”
Homeland security threats and ciphers are running Homeland Security. God help us all.
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2009).